Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Booklist for Kids
The Beast in You! Activities and Questions to Explore Evolution
by Marc McCutcheon
This lively book for elementary school kids encourages them to look at their own bodies and other organisms to explore their ancestral past. Explains natural selection and addresses science and faith.
Williamson, 1999. ISBN 1885593368
Bones, Brains and DNA: The Human Genome and Human Evolution
by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle
The children’s companion book to the Hall of Human Origins investigates how scientists study human evolution from many angles, hitting key developments in our ancestral history. It explains what we know about global migration and explores the unique human brain and its abilities.
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2007. ISBN 159373056X
DNA is Here to Stay (Cells and Things)
by Frances R. Balkwill; illustrated by Mic Rolph
Playful illustrations and easy-to-digest text bring basic cellular and genetic concepts within reach for elementary school students.
Carolrhoda Books, 1993. ISBN 0876147635
Replete with photographs and illustrations, this book comprehensively describes the artifacts of early human societies.
DK Eyewitness Books, 2005. ISBN 0756610672
by Linda Gamlin
This book presents an array of compelling photos and illustrations to explore fossil and DNA evidence of plant and animal evolution. For middle school students.
Dorling Kindersley, 2000. ISBN 9780789455796
The Fossil Factory
by Niles, Gregory and Douglas Eldredge; illustrated by True Kelley and Steve Lindblom
Authored by Museum paleontologist Niles Eldredge and his own children, this guide describes the work of fossil hunters, and includes many activities and experiments to do at home.
Roberts Rinehart, 1989. ISBN 0201185997
The Human Evolution Coloring Book
by Adrienne L. Zihlman, illustrated by Carla J. Simmons
Despite its title, this book is a scholarly treatment of the relationship of humans and other primates, addressing both the anatomic and the molecular. Written by an anthropologist, its illustrations and subject matter are appropriate for high school and beyond.
Harper Books, 2001. ISBN 0062737171
Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
by Jennifer Morgan; illustrated by Dana Lynn Andersen
A beautifully illustrated book that takes younger elementary readers through the extinction of the dinosaurs and the rise of mammals, describing their ability to “morph” into forms that may impact their survival. The book relates the evolution of hominid intelligence and development of tools and language.
Dawn Publications, 2006. ISBN 1584690852
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This Hall of Human Origins reference list has seven kid-friendly books that examine the different facets of the exhibition hall. A short description is given for each title along with author, publisher, and publishing date information. The list covers these topics:
- early humans
- early humans
Supplement a study of anthropology, archaeology, or genetics with a classroom project that uses this list of kid-friendly books.
- Print copies of the reference list for students or send them to the booklist online.
- Have each student select a book to read and review.
- In two or three pages, have them write a detailed review of the book. Students should describe what they liked most and least about it, the most interesting thing they learned, and whether they would recommend the book to others.