Inspiring Inventors Who Are Changing Our Future

People Power series

Illustrator: Salini Perera

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

People Power Series

Age 5+

People & Places Science & Technology: General Interest

Discover the stories of 20 extraordinary inventors, who are changing our future for the better.

Learn about 20 inspiring inventors and innovators from 20 different countries, all working to make the world a better place, as well as the amazing people who paved their way. Physics teacher Hiba Noor Khan goes above and beyond to celebrate hidden figures from around the globe – all of whom are fantastically brought to life in Salini Perera's bright, brilliant pictures. An inclusive, joyful and uplifting celebration of all things STEM!

Scientists featured: Gloria Asare; Mohammed Bah Abba; Emma Camp; Marita Cheng; René Favaloro; Brian Gitta; Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering; Kevin Kumala; Ann Makosinski; Reem Al Marzouqi; Makoto Murase; Wilhelm Röntgen; Sara Saeed; Abeer Seikaly; Joshua Silver; Temple Grandin; Sarah Toumi; Richard Turere; Sonam Wangchuk; Topher White

... with bonus appearances by 40 more amazing inventors, including Louis Braille, Jane Goodall, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Mária Telkes, George Washington Carver, Louis Pasteur, Yacouba Sawadogo, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Henri Becquerel.


Hiba Noor Khan is a double-Masters holder who has worked in refugee advocacy for The Children’s Society, as a physics teacher and as a TV presenter. In 2019, she was commissioned by PRH to write Malala as part of the Extraordinary Lives Series. She has also written for the Independent, Huffington Post and Amaliah on subjects ranging from Isis to turmeric lattes.

Salini Perera was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, Canada, and now illustrates books from her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband. Her previous work include Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business, a Rebel Girls spin-off novel; see more of her website at her website:


Listed in Pen&Inc, highlighting the best in diverse children’s books, June 2022

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