Be Curious Read

Launched in 2022, Be Curious: Read gives young people the opportunity to learn about and engage with the cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Leeds through a series of illustrated picture books.

That’s Amazing, Mum!

What does Mum do all day? Mum works at the Bragg Centre for Materials Research in Leeds. But what does she really do? From flavours in a stew to gel between your bones, Mum and her co-workers do amazing things. This book invites you to see how exciting the world of materials science can be.  

The first book in the series, titled ‘That’s Amazing, Mum!’, was commissioned as part of a programme of performances and innovative cultural projects to celebrate the opening of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, named for the Nobel Prize-winning Physicist, William Henry Bragg, who was a Professor at the University of Leeds. 

‘That’s Amazing, Mum!’ was developed Public Engagement with Research Team, supporting a collaboration between Author Cath Nichols and Researchers, Dr Paul Beales and Dr Sean Collins. The project was featured as part of the Further Together initiative, which spotlights successful collaborations between researchers and supporting staff. 

You can access digital versions of the books for free through the following links:

Read the book via Leeds Libraries

Access ‘That’s Amazing, Mum!’ using Leeds Libraries Borrowbox. Registration required.

Read the book via Issuu

Access ‘That’s Amazing, Mum!’ using Issuu. No registration required.

What is Be Curious: READ?

The books are a collaboration between Researchers, public engagement professionals and creative practitioners, offering fun and informed learning opportunities for young people. The printed books are given away free of charge to schools, community projects, charities and as part of our annual Be Curious event, to encourage positive engagement with research and inspire curiosity.

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