Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, is timed for this year’s 50th anniversary of that book—Silent Spring. It offers a peek at Carson’s childhood and the myriad challenges she faced as a woman scientist with a wildly unpopular idea, including finishing the book while she battled cancer: “I could never again listen happily to a thrush song if I had not done all I could.”

Laurie Lawlor book cover.