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Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2010. 32 pages.
Is the 250-million-year career of a rock a suitable subject for a picture book aimed at kindergarteners through third-graders? Yes! Writes the reviewer for The Children's Bookwatch, "Marianne Wallace's artwork is nothing short of spectacular. Diane Spickert's narrative text is absolutely faithful to the geology and paleontology of the Earth's record as recorded by fossils.
Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1994. 64 pages.
The Scopes Trial was, at bottom, about what children ought to be taught in science class, so it is appropriate that Blake wrote his book specifically for children between 9 and 12, clearly and thoroughly describing the Scopes trial and its enduring significance for religion, education, and society. Contains photographs, bibliography, chronology, and index. Part of the Spotlight on American History series.
New York: Clarion Books, 1996. 188 pages.
Written by the creator of a 30-hour curriculum on Prehistoric People and Their World, this story is set in Southern France, 15,000 years ago. A coming of age story that is especially appealing to sixth graders, the book is rich in details about the daily life and technology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. The novel and accompanying teachers' guide are also designed to "get students to think like archaeologists." Grades 5–7. Approved for use in teaching 6th grade prehistory in California.
Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, 1998. 48 pages.
With vividly colored illustrations by Ray Troll (whose delightful illustrations grace every issue of RNCSE) and text by Brad Matsen, Raptors, Fossils, Fins & Fangs describes the history of animal life from the Cambrian to the present, using representative species from trilobites to you and me. Perfect for children aged 5–9 and the people who love them (with timelines on every page for curious grownups). "Troll and Matsen are the best," writes Peter Ward of the University of Washington: "This book is for all the kids, grown and otherwise, who still love fossils."
New York: Macmillan, 1993. 220 pages.
With more than 400 stunning illustrations including color photographs and diagrams that genuinely clarify the text, this book tells the story of life and lucidly explains evolutionary principles — no misconceptions allowed. Fascinating insets illustrate concepts like mutation and adaptation with phenomena ranging from the sickle-cell gene to the rattlesnake's heat sensors. Foreword by Roger Lewin. Ages 12–grandparent.
New York: Dial, 1997. 32 pages.
Science comes alive in Lynett Gillette's story of the remarkable discovery of fossils at Ghost Ranch, where, 225 million years ago, hundreds of Coelophysis dinosaurs perished "in a tangle of necks, tails, arms, and legs." What catastrophe caused their death and burial? In considering the various scenarios — volcano? flood? poisoned water? asteroid? — Gillette painlessly introduces young readers to the scientific method. Profusely illustrated, with haunting paintings by Douglas Henderson.
New York: Sterling Publishing, 2001. 352 pages.
As The Little Giant Book of Dinosaurs reminds us in its opening words, "There was a time when nobody knew about dinosaurs." Aided by Terry Riley's numerous black-and-white illustrations, Thomas R. Holtz carefully and concisely explains how the dinosaurs were discovered, what we know about them, where they came from, and where they went. The book includes a useful glossary as well as lists of dinosaurs by epoch and by location. The author, who teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a member of NCSE.
Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2002. 224 pages.
The time is the Pleistocene epoch, about 2 million to 10,000 years ago. Continent-size ice sheets cover 30 percent of the earth's landmass, and strange creatures rove the landscape. Ice Age Mammals of North America transports you to the world of saber-tooth cats, woolly mammoths, four-hundred-pound beavers, and twenty-foot-tall ground sloths. The book opens with an overview of the geologic events that led to the Pleistocene epoch and explores possible causes for the ice ages.
San Diego: Harcourt Children's Books, 2003. 48 pages.
Charmingly illustrated by Lauren Stringer, Our Family Tree is the perfect picture book about evolution for children ages 4-8 (supplemented with explanations, a handful of references, and a timeline for their adult friends). Reviewing Our Family Tree in RNCSE, Lisa M. Blank recommends the book to "[p]arents and teachers struggling for an intellectually honest and yet engaging approach for answering young children's questions about how life began." And Ernst Mayr wrote, "If we do not understand evolution, we will never understand our world.
Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2003. 160 pages.
In Darwin and Evolution for Kids, Lawson provides a biography of Darwin combined with a sketch of his ideas and their development, along with "engaging and fun activities where children can: make their own fossils using clay, seashells, and plaster; keep field notes as backyard naturalists; investigate whether acquired traits are passed along to future generations; explore the adaptive strategies plants have developed to distribute seeds; observe how carnivorous plants trap and devour their prey; go on a botanical treasure hunt." Darwin and Evolution for Kids was sele
Voices for Evolution
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