a gorgeous book about scientific inquiry, ecology, & ocean animals that includes women? SOLD!

Where has Sophie Webb been all Noah’s life?

I discovered Webb’s work really randomly through a search for “Pacific Ocean” at our library. We checked out Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage, and my initially thought was “wow, that’s a lot of words to read aloud.” But Noah and I both loved the book, which we read over the course of about a week.

Webb is an ornithologist and an artist; she writes and illustrates these books, which are sort of like gorgeous field notes. Far from Shore is excellent for anyone who’s interested in ocean life. But it’s also a great way to discuss how science works, how scientists work, and the huge amount we don’t know about our world.

AND, super bonus points, there are (get this!) women scientists in it! And (imagine this!) it doesn’t act like that’s a big deal! They’re just there, working. It’s pretty freaking refreshing.

Now we’re looking forward to reading Webb’s other two books for young audiences, My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal and Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage.

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