My fascination with Antoni van Leeuwenhoek started when I read my daughter's school book.

I wondered... how did an uneducated shopkeeper become the Father of Microbiology?

The short answer: CURIOSITY and PERSEVERANCE

I've since written two picture books and an historical novel about him.

I've also discovered that inspiration is all around us!

About the picture book:


This  17th century Dutchman makes his own magnifiers and inspects all kinds of things -  a puppy flea, the scale of a carp, the leg of a gnat .   

His curiosity leads him to learn about lice, discover microbes and so much more!


Young readers will be inspired to follow their own curious paths. 

About the novel:

A science -minded shopkeeper and an artist are lifelong friends. Rarely do their fortunes align, but can their friendship endure the challenges that come their way?

The video to the right is a clever and informative puppet show by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck!
Seeing the Invisible:
van Leeuwenhoek's first glimpses of the microbial world.

This second video, Lens on Leeuwenhoek: The Life, Times and Accomplishments of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, will give a more comprehensive picture of this father of microbiology.