I firmly believe that good science must always be accompanied with good storytelling. Now more than ever, we must connect those around us to the work we are doing both intellectually (in a way they understand) and emotionally. What better way to do this than in a children’s story book?
One of my personal heroes and an extraordinary scientist whose work we have highlighted here and here, Dr. Danielle Dixson has just announced her first children’s book, “Sea Stories: A Butterflyfish’s Journey to Find Delicious Food.” With co-author and illustrator Caroline Cook, Dr. Dixson tells a story of Buddy the Butterflyfish and his search for food on the reef. This riveting tale parallels Danielle’s work across several local reefs in the Fijian islands looking at how fish can manage chemically noxious seaweeds on corals. And like any great story, this memorable book alludes to some pretty significant lessons for us all to take to heart regarding our roles in the health and balance of these delicate ecosystems.
For those of you with young ones, please consider supporting this wonderful series and the excellent work that Danielle is doing in science and science communication.