In this episode, host Jacqueline Douge has a conversation with Dr. Patricia Valdez, scientist and children’s author.  Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and currently works at the National Institutes of Health.

In today’s episode, she shares the inspiration behind her new picture book, Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor, the role that science played in her writing and shares her goals to write about more women scientists and women of color in science.  To learn more about Dr. Patricia Valdez, go to her website:

Books discussed in this episode:

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

To read or learn more about the books discussed during this episode, check out your local library or bookstore!