Smart Pickings - Millgate House Education

Smart Pickings

smart pickings - Lynne Bianchi - front cover
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5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Age Range:

Learners age 3+.


Lynne Bianchi.

'This is a wonderful book which brings science into young people's lives in an immersive and imaginative way. A great way for children to explore both what science is and what scientists do.' - Dallas Campbell, science broadcaster and presenter of Bang Goes The Theory.

Smart Pickings is written to engage young readers with the world of science, scientists and science investigations. It is designed to promote talk between children, their classmates, teachers, parents, siblings and friends. Using pictures and cartoons the book introduces children to a range of scientists – new and old, encouraging them to explore their work and ask ‘Who are they?’, ‘What are they famous for?’, ‘How did they make a difference?’.

By selecting a science career they can then enjoy considering what they could be and how they might follow in the footsteps of others to be the people who improve our world in the future. The book takes the reader on a journey of self discovery as they can then design their own scientific questions, consider where and how they will go about them and how they will share their learning with others.

The author designed the book to be used at home or at school, as children engage in the process of working scientifically in a fun, engaging and colourful way. Its size allows for shared reading and group work. The cartoons and images allow access for a wide range of abilities and ages, from 3 years upwards.

The book is limitless in its opportunities to discuss and engage learners in generating ideas about science in the world around us and offers ample opportunity for independent and collaborative thinking. The book prompts discussion as you peruse the pages and options available, it sparks imagination and possibility-thinking, allowing a sense of true engagement and ownership in the design of your own personal stories.

The main thing is to step inside, enjoy your opportunity to pick and choose what you’re interested in and to truly orchestrate your own science investigations!

Additional Information



Age Range

Early Years, Primary

Price Range

£6.00 – £20.00

2 reviews for Smart Pickings

  1. 5 out of 5


    What an excellent book for little scientists! My Year 4 class are completely enthralled by this, and every page leads to so much conversation that it is difficult to get through it all in one sitting.

    It introduces children to what scientists do and different enquiry methods in a very accessible way; using vibrant captioned pictures and an array of suggestions for children to choose from. It is a hugely engaging and interactive book.

    Smart Pickings has now become a permanent fixture on our investigation table and my children refer to it independently. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Just picked up a copy of this book at ASE conference and I’m excited to start using it immediately with teachers and pupils I work with.
    The range of discussions from the different double page spreads open up so much potential for endless discussion and curiosity and engagement at so many different levels that I can imagine coming back to this book endlessly in preparing future training.
    A gift of a book for primary science education and for nephews and nieces too!

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