Nacho’s Nachos (Lee & Low, Spring 2020)
All because of a dropped apostrophe, most people don’t know that Ignacio Anaya–nicknamed Nacho–created nachos. Google celebrated Nacho’s birth on August 15 with a Google Doodle, but unfortunately it and news outlets from Time to USA Today, got the story wrong. Thanks to the generosity of Nacho’s family and a research trip to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Nacho’s Nachos will be able to tell the real and once forgotten story of how Nacho’s quick thinking resulted in a snack now eaten all over the world. It’s not very often a picture book gets the scoop!
Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021)
When World War II ended, Joanne Simpson decided she wanted to study clouds. She wanted to become a meteorologist. When the professors at the University of Chicago heard Joanne’s plans, they laughed. Clouds were only beads of water that rose in the air, no more important than the steam lifting off their coffee. They told Joanne to go home. They told her, “No woman ever got a Doctorate in Meteorology. And no woman ever will.” They were wrong. Joanne battled harsh winds and squalls along her way, but she proved the power of clouds. Joanne Simpson became the first female meteorologist in the world.
The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021)
Vera Rubin drove through a snowstorm, thick as the milky way, to a gathering of America’s most important astronomers. The men were all clustered together like the bright bulge of a galaxy. She stood before them and told them about a discovery she had made. One by one they stood up. They said her ideas were outlandish. They said her ideas were ridiculous. She felt like the smallest, slowest star on the edge of their galaxy.
Vera didn’t like the harsh words, pushing her away. So she started studying ideas no one seemed to be interested in. High on the top of mountains, she watched galaxies turn. The youngest wheeled like pinwheels, with their arms open wide. The oldest spun with their arms closed tight. And every single one proved that in all the vast space between the stars, there is stuff we can’t see, but is there all the same. Vera had discovered most of the universe. She had proved dark matter existed.