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Junior Skeptic Books

As the premier illustrated skeptical project for kids, Junior Skeptic is a rich source for full-color book material. We have several kids’ book projects in the pipeline, including:

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be

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“The best damn evolution book for kids, period.”

— Michael Shermer
(Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design)

“A wonderfully clear, up-to-date, and well-illustrated account of how evolution works. The scientific content is first-rate.”

— Donald Prothero
(Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters)

“A full-throated defense and explication of Darwin’s theory…kept light and accessible by Loxton’s sense of humour and breezy prose style.”

— Quill & Quire

The Skeptics Society is proud to reveal the first full-color, hardcover, English-language book based upon Junior Skeptic.

Published by Kids Can Press (February, 2010), Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be is a straight-ahead introduction to the fact of evolution, to its mechanisms, and to the misunderstandings that surround it. The book aims to explain how evolution works — and how we know for a fact that it happens. It is suitable for readers aged 8–13.

Evolution is packed with large, full-color illustrations: cartoons; diagrams; photographs; and, complex scenes featuring photorealistic, computer generated renderings of creatures like ichthyosaurs and mammoths.

This book was produced by Pat Linse, edited by Valerie Wyatt, written by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton, and illustrated by Daniel Loxton with Jim WW Smith.


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the first Junior Skeptic book

In commemoration of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday on February 12th, 2009, the Skeptics Society unveiled the first Junior Skeptic book, Evolução (“Evolution”).

Thousands of copies of this gorgeous, full-color, illustrated kids’ science book were distributed exclusively* to public school students in Portugal — completely free.

Reprising material originally published in Junior Skeptic #26 and #27, Evolução was produced by Pat Linse, written by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton, and illustrated by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith. The Portuguese-language translation was prepared by immunologist Vasco M. Barreto, and published by our colleagues at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Lisbon) as part of an ambitious Darwin 2009 public education program with partners that included the American Museum of Natural History and the Portuguese Ministries of Science & Technology and Education.

* Please note that this book is not available outside of Portugal.

Other Book Projects

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