In this picture book, young readers meet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who learn from plants and animals to create amazing new technologies.


  • Readers will understand that scientists, engineers, and designers sometimes learn from nature how to solve problems.
  • Readers will be able to identify several innovators, their innovations, and the organisms that inspired them.

Mimic Makers offers a delightful introduction to for young readers. Ten bio-inspired innovators—and how they learned from nature to solve a problem—are profiled in the book.  The featured scientists, engineers, and designers come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the world and their stories make learning from nature feel accessible, allowing students to imagine themselves in future careers as biomimics.

Organisms and biomimicry examples in this book:

  • Kingfisher birds inspire a quieter, faster high speed train
  • Leaves inspire improvements for solar cells
  • Sharks inspire a microbe-resistant coating
  • A desert beetle inspires a water bottle that fills itself
  • A fungus inspires a way to help rice grow in harsh conditions
  • Humpback whales inspire wind turbines and fans
  • Maple seeds inspire a flying machine
  • Geckos inspire a reversible adhesive pad

The author has generously pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of this book to support the Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge.

Learn More on Ask Nature

Visit these Ask Nature pages to learn more about some of the innovations featured in this book.