The Discovery of Germs

A Graphic History

From the Series Medical Breakthroughs

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Earth is home to trillions of germs. But for most of human history, people didn’t know germs existed! Healers of the past had different ideas about illnesses and their cures. They blamed illnesses on other causes and sometimes tried dangerous treatments.

The invention of tools such as the microscope changed everything, allowing doctors and scientists to see germs and study their effects. This vivid graphic history profiles the people who helped discover germs. Discover the ongoing breakthroughs in research—and germs’ surprising benefits for safety and sustainable energy.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF062020, JNF051170, JNF024060
Dewey 579
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 830
Guided Reading Level W
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, and Source notes

Author: Brandon Terrell

Brandon M. Terrell (1978–2021) was a talented storyteller, authoring more than one hundred books for children. He was a passionate reader, Star Wars enthusiast, amazing father, and devoted husband.

Illustrator: Josep Rural

Josep Rural is a European illustrator who has worked on popular science projects such as medical apps and books about diseases. He has also worked on several European comic magazines and currently works for various humorous publications.