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Kids Guide to Periodic Table hits bookstores

June 15, 2020 Author: Katie Augustine, Staff Writer, SFU Troubadour Tags: Academics , STEAM

Saint Francis University chemistry professors, Dr. Rose Clark and Dr. Edward P. Zovinka, have teamed up on a new children’s book on the periodic table, Everything You Need to Know About the Elements: A Kids Guide to the Periodic Table.

A Kids Guide to the Periodic Tables

The book focuses on the 118 elements of the periodic table and their history. It is expected in bookstores on July 21 and can be pre-ordered now through Amazon.

“We hope that they (readers) get a basic understanding of the elements, so they will become curious to learn more science,” said Clark. 

The authors said their goal was to write an age-appropriate science book for kids 8-12. The full manuscript was approved by a managing editor and sent to a development editor, who will work on revisions, as well as decide on a cover image and other photos. 

Zovinka said it was fun to work on the project with Clark, who is also his wife. 

“She keeps me focused,” said Zovinka. 

Zovinka said he enjoys discussing chemistry with Clark, and that they enjoyed debating the best way to present and explain the book’s topics to children. 

One of the biggest debates about the book was how to present the nucleus so that kids understand it, while still keeping the information as accurate as possible. 

This is Zovinka’s second book. His first book – “Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids” – was released in December 2019. 


Book overview:

From aluminum to zinc―discover the periodic table and all 118 elements!

Discover the building blocks of the entire world! A Kids’ Guide to the Periodic Table takes you on an incredible journey through history and science that will teach you all about the 118 elements that make up, well, everything!

Go in-depth with awesome profiles on each and every element that provide all their important elemental stats (like their atomic number, state, group, and more), as well as awesome facts about the element and its discovery. Take what you know about science―and the world―to a new level as you discover what makes the periodic table of elements so amazing.

A Kids’ Guide to the Periodic Table includes:

  • The periodic table explained―Learn about the creation of the periodic table and get tons of info to help you understand the groups, the order of elements, and more.
  • Amazing discoveries―Explore how elements like neon, helium, and californium were discovered, as well as what they’ve helped scientists do.
  • Fun for you―Find out how exciting science can be with an entertaining look into all the ways the elements affect your everyday life.


A fun, fact-filled science adventure awaits you with A Kids’ Guide to the Periodic Table!


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