Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Children's Book About Evolution

I happened to stumble upon Great Adaptations - a children's book about evolution on kickstarter and I thought it might be the kind of thing my readers would enjoy. I'm looking forward to teaching my son about all of the science stuff that I love, and this is exactly the kind of thing that will help me make it fun. It of course also reminded me of The Magic of Reality, which I am also looking forward to reading to my son (once he's moved beyond board books).

In addition to letting you guys know about this super cool upcoming book, I would like to ask you guys if you know of other books along these same lines. Please add any other suggestions to the comments and I'll edit the post.

(Also, I want to let you guys know that I have my Exodus 13 post written, I just need to record the podcast for it, but I'm sick right now and my voice is ruined. Hopefully I will be able to get it done within the week)

Edit: Additional suggestions from the comments

Steve pointed us toward a slate article which suggests Bone by BoneWhy Don't Your Eyelashes Grow?: Curious Questions Kids Ask About the Human Body, and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

I'm looking forward to getting all of these books, please keep the suggestions coming :)


  1. The link to "Great Adaptions" is invalid, I'm afraid. I get an error message every time I click on it.

    What on earth is going on in that picture? Why is a laughing phlegm-wad clinging to a fish? And what does the pelican think of all this?

    1. Weird, it works for me, tried chrome and firefox, not sure how to fix it. If you go to and search for evolution it's the first hit.

      As for the picture, there is a parasite that infects the brain of the fish, which makes it go to the surface and flop around which makes it reflect the sun and be more easily seen by the bird. The bird then is more likely to eat the first, which is the next stage in the life cycle of the parasite. Parasites are fucking awesome! (to read about)

  2. I read about an interesting book called "Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons" by Sara Levine. There are a lot of fun questions like, "What if you had more bones in your spine?" and they show that you would have a tail. Then they follow up with "What animal would you look like?" The article I read about it was here:

    That article also links to two other books that are geared a little older than "Bone by Bone":

    Why Don't Your Eyelashes Grow?: Curious Questions Kids Ask About the Human Body by Beth Ann Ditkoff

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


    1. Thanks for the great suggestions :) I am definitely getting Bone by Bone soon. The other 2 books look great for later as well. I might just get them now and put them on the shelf for later :)


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