Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd), and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than learning about the “how” behind the natural world. Here are a few good choices for appreciating evolution this Earth Day:
- For All Ages - Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman – Yes, this is a picture book published for kids, but it is well worth perusing for just about anyone. It is really quite beautiful.
- For Kids – Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins – Eye-catching and informative look at Earth’s history from its very beginning to the present.
- For Pre-teens - Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle – A lively and straight-forward introduction to evolution illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Here is a great blog post praising Pringle’s organization of the book, noting that he does not get side-tracked by unsupported doubts of evolution.
- For Teens and Adults: Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler – This
Evolution by Jay Hosler on display at the Twin Cities Book Festivalgraphic novel (illustrated by Twin Cities natives from Big Time Attic) looks at life on earth through blob-like aliens learning about human genetics. It isn’t as silly as it sounds. Hosler (a professor of biology who has published a few science related graphic novels) keeps it fun, but informative.
If you don’t have plans for your weekend yet, you might want to join an Earth Day clean up crew. Check out your local parks department for details. Here’s the Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up page for you locals.
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