On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of Light, written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, is a nominee for the 2014-2015 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This entertaining, educational book provides young readers with a very accessible look at Albert Einstein, one of the greatest innovators of all time. With simple yet charming illustrations and text, even the youngest budding scientists will be delighted by this book.

On a Beam of Light takes readers on a journey through Einstein’s earliest years–when he said very little–through his childhood and education, and on to his career, both in a government office and in the scientific community. Through everything, Einstein maintained a fierce love of knowledge and a limitless curiosity. He also held onto his love of life and the larger world around him! This is an example that all readers, regardless of age, should strive to emulate.

This look at Einstein’s life definitely has a place in all school, public, and classroom libraries. Younger readers may use this book as an introduction to the life and work of Einstein, but older readers, particularly science enthusiasts, could utilize this book to give a more personal look at this often larger-than-life figure. An author’s note and afterword provide readers with more information about Einstein and could lead some to do their own research into this fascinating man and scientist.

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