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Baby Loves Quantum Physics!
By (author): Ruth Spiro Illustrated by: Irene Chan
9781580897693 Board book English Juvenile: Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Physics Sep 05, 2017
$10.99 CAD
Active 7 x 7.06 x 0.56 in 20 pages Charlesbridge Children's Books Charlesbridge
Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners.

Series Overview: The Baby Loves Science series features little books about big ideas, introducing complex scientific concepts to the littlest learners.

HOLE IN MARKET: Most “brainy” board book series focus on the humanities. The Baby Loves Science series is the first to tackle science and technology.

GIFT APPEAL: Fashionable grown-ups will snap up these novelty baby gifts, and hipsters and science geeks alike will be drawn to the tongue-in-cheek humor.

SOLID SCIENCE: Complex science is boiled down to clear, toddler-friendly basics.

ON TREND: Brainy board books, such as the BabyLit and Cozy Classics titles, are crowd-pleasing, buzz-generating favorites, and STEM and STEAM titles continue to be in demand across markets.

CASUAL DIVERSITY: Baby Loves Science books feature babies of both genders and many skin colors, showing that anyone can grow up to be a scientist.

EXPERTLY VETTED: Rigorously reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Fred Bortz, a physicist, science educator, and children’s book author.

Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science series, published by Charlesbridge. These adorably illustrated board books contain expert-reviewed science, yet are simple enough for the very youngest readers. Another new picture book series, Made by Maxine, will be published by Penguin/Dial beginning in 2018. Her debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist (Dutton), won awards from Writer’s Digest and Willamette Writers and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Early Childhood STEM Conference at CalTech and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Visit Ruth on her website here.

Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Visit Irene at

Author Residence: Chicago, IL

Author Hometown: Deerfield, IL

Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer.

Illustrator Residence: Atlanta, GA

Illustrator Hometown: Hong Kong

Marketing: Select advertising

Author visits in the Chicago area

Publicity: National print and online media campaign

Outreach to science media, including Kids’ Science News, Science, and Wired

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Facebook; @RuthSpiro

Spiro takes Schroedinger’s cat and makes it a little kinder to help little ones understand quantum physics. While the book doesn’t really explain why this is physics, it does a fine job explaining this particular conundrum. A great niche book for a science lover of any size—and a good gift for a science teacher on any level.
—Kiss the Book

To be fair, I like Spiro’s other board book out this year, Baby Loves Thermodynamics, but of the two this one has my heart. Here is the description on the back: “Play hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline.” You read that right, except in this case the cat is both asleep and not asleep when it is in the box. Dead cats are shockingly absent from board books these days.
—A Fuse #8 Production

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