Written BY DR. Christine Iverson
illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Candlewick Press, USA 

The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring a STEM book. The Cook Prize is administered with support from School Library Journal.

YOUNG SANTIAGO IS AN ARTIST, but his father expects him to toss his pencil and paper aside and become a doctor. As he studies science, however, Santiago realizes that his artistic streak means he sees things differently: trees, rivers, and even the human body. In fact, his talent might just be the key to unlocking complicated questions about tiny structures in our brains, changing the world of medicine forever.

Debut author Dr. Christine Iverson shares the inspiring story of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, real-life Nobel Prize winner and neuroscience pioneer who uncovered neuronal patterns with his pencil and a microscope. Incorporating Santiago’s real sketches of the nervous system, along with art from Luciano Lozano, Santiago Saw Things Differently is equal parts fascinating and welcoming for readers of all ages.

©Luciano Lozano