As a writer and something of an idealist,I love what we do here onGlamour's Inspired channel—covering women's issues,talking to career experts,figuring out how politics affect our daily lives,and bringing to light heartwarming stories about how women everywhere are changing their communities (and the world).Sometimes,though—and tell me if you feel me on this—I wishIcould change people's lives (#narcissism?) by doing what I do every single day.AuthorIsabel Thomasdoes just that.
Thomas has written and published 100 books for children and young adults—and,get this,they'resciencebooks.The Oxford University alumna (she studied Human Sciences there) uses her talent,writing,and imagination to encourage children—who she believes "are born scientists,constantly experimenting to work out what deserves their attention—to develop their thought processes and inquisitive minds.Her work also paints careers in science in a positive,humanistic light.
"[My books] show children that scientists—even the grumpy-looking ones in textbooks—are people just like them," Thomaswrites inOxford Today."People who make mistakes.People who aren't born with all the answers,only questions."
And her philosophy on books and learning—with 100 books behind her—is that: