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Isabel Thomas - Author

About the Author

Isabel Thomas is an award-winning science writer and children’s author. She has written more than 180 science books about science and nature for young audiences. Isabel has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards and won the AAAS Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books 2020.

When she's not writing, you'll find her experimenting, inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card.

Isabel read Human Sciences at Oxford University, before working in journalism and children's publishing. She lives in Cambridge, where she's zookeeper to three young sons and a primary school governor.

Featured books by Isabel Thomas

Other books by Isabel Thomas

What is snot? Phase 5 Set 3

What is snot? Phase 5 Set 3

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2022

Living in the Clouds Phase 5 Set 1

Living in the Clouds Phase 5 Set 1

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2022

Title coming soon Phase 4 Set 2 Stretch and Challenge

Title coming soon Phase 4 Set 2 Stretch and Challenge

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2022

Little Guides to Great Lives: Marie Curie

Little Guides to Great Lives: Marie Curie

Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Anke Weckmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2022

Marie Curie was a brilliant scientist who coined the term 'radioactivity', discovered polonium and radium, and helped develop treatments for cancer. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but her dedication to physics ultimately caused her death from radiation. From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, the Little Guides to Great Lives series tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colourful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

One Million Insects

One Million Insects

Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Lou Baker Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2022

Did you know that without insects, humankind could not survive? This illustrated, fact-filled title explores the huge variety of insects, with a focus on what makes an insect an insect, the differences between the groups, and why insects are the most important animal group on Earth. Broken down into sections exploring each of the main types of insect, each section takes a different, playfully visual approach to really capture the character of the insects in the order being explored. As well as including practical advice for observing insects safely, a section at the back of the book describes ways to help insects and encourage them into a garden no matter how small.

Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Level 7: What Do We Need to Survive?

Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Level 7: What Do We Need to Survive?

Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Erin Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2022

Air, water ... what else? In What Do We Need to Survive? find out the things that plants, animals and people need to survive. The fiction book that accompanies this title is Survival in the Arctic. Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper is a series of paired fiction and non-fiction books linked by curriculum-related topics. Each pair consists of an engaging story featuring well-loved characters and a compelling non-fiction book. These topic-linked pairings will develop and deepen their reading comprehension and foster a love of reading across both text types. This book is one of six titles at Oxford Level 7, which are phonically decodable featuring vocabulary to enrich the texts and support language development. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it is easy to match every child with the right book and enable them to progress.

Little Guides to Great Lives: Leonardo Da Vinci

Little Guides to Great Lives: Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Katja Spitzer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2022

Most famous as the painter who created the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci is also one of history's greatest geniuses - he was a mathematician, architect, astronomer, scientist and musician...and he even invented the helicopter! From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colourful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

Little Guides to Great Lives: Nelson Mandela

Little Guides to Great Lives: Nelson Mandela

Author: Isabel Thomas Illustrator: Hannah Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2022

Anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela's journey from political prisoner to president of South Africa is an incredible tale of triumph in the face of adversity. 2018 marks a hundred years since his birth. From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colourful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

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