If you love good children’s books with beautiful illustrations, you’ll love the work of Chicago resident and artist David Lee Csicsko. His artwork has been shared in the White House, churches, universities, and museums.
From astronomers to zoologists, David’s book Science People, highlights explorers in a wide range of fields while representing a multicultural mix of genders, races, and nationalities.
Lindy Sinclair and David Lee Csicsko depict people from all walks of life to illustrate that science is for everyone.
David Lee Csicsko & Diversity
Throughout the books that David illustrates, he shares the importance of teaching from a diverse perspective, bringing in examples from different races and genders.
David Lee Csicsko is the illustrator of several children’s and tween books like the following. You can find Science People and more books at TROPE Publishing.
Watch Our Video Interview with David Lee Csicsko
During our interview with David Lee Csicsko, we share ideas about how a parent might integrate Science People into a homeschool curriculum or use it as inspiration for a homeschooling group.
Using the Children’s Book Science People for Homeschooling
Most parents will simply read Science People to their kids and then set it aside on the shelf, but you could do so much more with it.
You could use Science People or any of David’s other books as a springboard for more education.
Here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your homeschool day.
- Draw or paint a scientist in your style.
- Look up another science figure who isn’t in the book and create your own page about the scientist.
- Learn how one or more of the scientist’s tools work.
- Make a three-dimensional representation of one or more science tools that are illustrated by David Lee Csicsko.
- Take inspiration from the books that David illustrates and create your own book about something that you are interested in.
- Learn about the geography and culture where your favorite scientists are from.
- Read more about scientists that you learned about in Science People.
- Watch documentaries about the people who are represented in Science People.
- Create skits about the people represented in the Science People.
Using Science People to Lead a Homeschool Activity
While you could use these ideas at home, you could also use these ideas to lead a homeschooling group or activity.
Science People has 50 different figures.
As a homeschooling parent or group leader, you could create one lesson a week around this book.
It really could be as simple as reading a page together and then seeing what the kids want to do with the information.
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
Illustrated by David Lee Csicsko
Listen on the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast!
Did you know that you can listen to our interview with David Lee Csicsko on the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast?