Isabel is the author of more than 150 books about science and nature for young audiences. Her critically-acclaimed picture book Moth: An Evolution Story, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus, was awarded the 2020 AAAS Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Isabel also writes monthly features for children’s science magazines The Week Junior Science+Nature and Whizz Pop Bang, and creates content for outreach projects, including the Wellcome Trust’s Explorify.
Isabel grew up in a very low income, single-parent family and attended five different state schools before studying science at the University of Oxford. She has devoted her career to inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers, including research at the University of Cambridge exploring the integration of science and the arts in education. During the school closures due to COVID-19 in the UK, Isabel established a free online science club – The Secret School for Curious Children. Families and schools are very welcome to sign up at www.isabelthomas.co.uk.
Isabel regularly speaks at festivals, schools and other events. In 2019, these included the Cheltenham Science Festival, Bournville BookFest, the Oxford Literary Festival, Paris Book Fair, Wimpole History Festival, CLPE Power of Reading and BBC Women’s Hour. She has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, the Association of Science Education Book of the Year, the English 4–11 Picture Book Awards and the Blue Peter Book Awards Best Book with Facts.