Aunt Jodie's Guide to Evolution

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5 stars: I loved this book!
I was instantly drawn to Aunt Jodie's Guide to Evolution because I love science! This book is an entertaining approach to teaching kids about the theory of evolution. It conveys the theory via thought experiments that make learning about evolution as simple as learning your ABC's.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any parent or teacher looking for a fun way to teach kids about Darwin's theory of evolution.

Dr. Jordan Bell kindly took the time to speak to me about her book.

Aunt Jodie's Guide to Evolution:

As a nerdy parent who loves reading to my daughter, I wanted more interesting children’s fiction with a strong STEM message, to help her learn about the world. I know there are lots of other parents out there who really want to instil a love of science in their children, but don’t know how to do it. So I wrote us a book – Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution.

One of the best ways to help kids get into science is to make it fun, and most kids love it when you read with them. The best books make science an adventure, while still managing to describe the natural world in a scientifically accurate way, using words and concepts that are right for the age group – just like Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution.

Written by Dr. Jordan Bell, illustrated by Gabriel Cunnett and reviewed for scientific accuracy by palaeontologist Professor John Long, Aunt Jodie’s Guide is a compelling story of adventure and discovery, that is engaging and interesting to kids and parents alike.

Book release date: 29 September 2019. 

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Book Sample

Chapter One

Sophie and Matt tumbled through the door of their Aunt Jodie’s house, waving goodbye to their mum as she drove off to her karate class.

“So kids,” said Aunt Jodie, after they had dropped their bags and coats by the door, and had some juice, “what do you want to do today?”

Sophie asked “Can we do science again, Aunt Jodie?”

“Yeah!” said Matt.

“Okay…let’s see, what did we talk about last Saturday?”

“Old rocks…” said Matt

“…and dinosaurs!” Sophie added.

“Then this week, I think we will talk about Mr. Charles Darwin,” Aunt Jodie said, pulling a book down from the shelves.
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“Wow, he looks old,” said Sophie.

“Well, in the picture, he was old,” said Aunt Jodie, “He was over 70 when he died, and he did something very important when he was about 50…but this was a long time before you were born, you two. Before I was born even!” she said with a laugh.

“What did he do?” asked Matt.

“Mr Darwin was an English geologist who discovered and explained something important about the relationships between living creatures – how plants and animals and people are related. You know that you and Matt are related, because you have the same mother and father.“

About Dr. Jordan Bell

Jordan is a psychologist and educator, with a passion for science communication. She has a PhD in Educational Resilience, but is also a nerdy parent who loves reading to her daughter. When she couldn’t find enough children’s fiction with a strong STEM message to help her daughter learn about the world, she wrote Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution. Jordan believes that understanding the theory of evolution is an important key to scientific literacy for our developing citizens.

Competition Time!

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Closing date: 25th November 2019

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