About

About Ask Uncle Neil

Our Story

I had two thoughts when I created the Ask Uncle Neil series: Black people are underrepresented in the STEM fields, and children are naturally inquisitive. By marrying both ideas, Ask Uncle Neil was born.

Through 9-year-old Anthony asking his Uncle Neil questions about the world around him, and Uncle Neil using science to answer the questions, Anthony becomes more excited about the possibilities. I want Black children to see themselves through Anthony and become excited alongside him, dreaming bigger than they ever have before. I want them to see that STEM can be for them, too.

Ask Uncle Neil

OUR MISSION

Our Philosophy
The Mission of Ask Uncle Neil Book Series 

The mission of Ask Uncle Neil: To foster curiosity in and promote STEM to Black children so they see it as a viable career option.

  • STEM is for everyone
  • Curiosity breeds innovation and the leaders of tomorrow

what parents say

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In the story, a young boy is curious about the texture of his hair and asks his mother about it. His mom advises that he calls Uncle Neil because he is a scientist. Anthony and his mom call Uncle Neil who provides a wealth of knowledge and scientific explanation. The story is powerful in its articulation of cultural history, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and demonstrating the importance of family relations. I believe this short story is a good tool to use in the classroom to introduce the scientific method. It would be empowering to allow students to think of themselves as scientists/engineers, asking questions, brainstorming hypotheses, and coming up with possible solutions. My daughter and I truly enjoyed reading it and recommend it to other 1st to 3rd graders to read as well.

Melissa-Sue John

Mother

The book fills a gap in the ethnic market. A Black male in the role of scientist. What an amazing image for our Black children, especially the boys!

Jessica Phinn

Mother

A friend suggested this book to me. As a white-asian family with friends of other ethnicities, this book provided me with a way to discuss differences with my child. The book is loving but neutral showing that we can question appearances in a safe place. Further, it shows that children can reach out to others in their care network, not just mom and dad. The illustrations are sweet and colourful. It’s already a family classic for us!!Thank you for the wonderful programs that our kids get to enjoy and participate in! I loved how everything is organized, and can tell for sure that my kids are in great caring hands of professional teachers. I appreciate what you do for us!

Sherry Radburn-Ong

Mother