As we find more evidence for evolution in the human 'family tree', I've still been considering how to introduce the topic to my son. I decided books would be a good starting point.
I expected it to be difficult to find good science books for children. It wasn't too tough, although I did need to go through a lot of reviews. Here are the books I bought for my five-year-old:
- Older Than The Stars by Karen Fox, a rhyming book about the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe;
- Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters and Lauren Stringer, a colorful book on evolution;
- The Rock Factory: The Story About the Rock Cycle by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly, with info about the formation of rocks and minerals;
- Earthsteps: A Rock's Journey Through Time by Diane Nelson Spickert and Marianne D. Wallace, also focusing on earth science; and
- The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! by Tom Robinson, which contains many home science experiments for children.
A couple of the books I wanted to buy were written for children several years older than my son, but I feel they deserve a mention. One such is Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Canadian author Daniel Loxton, for ages eight and up. The controversy around the book has piqued my interest, although I think any children's evolution book receives a similar reaction, unfortunately.
And of course, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, Richard Dawkins' book The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True will be released in the US on October 4th.