Children’s Books

Little Letters: an introduction to genetics

Released in April 2020, Little Letters tells the story of how a family walk in the woods becomes a journey of discovery. After an encounter with a strange animal, Berry, a scientist (and mum), takes a sample back to lab to see if she can discover what they saw. She explains to her children, Daisy and Spike, how DNA acts like a blueprint for all life, and by reading this code it might reveal the name of the creature they saw. What they discovered was something extraordinary.

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Great Adaptations

Written with the Evolution institute in the USA, released in January 2015, Great Adaptations is a storybook aimed at 8 – 12 year olds. The book contains ten illustrated short stories in rhyme that explain the evolutionary advantages of some of the natural world’s unusual traits in child-friendly terms (Amazon). This project received media coverage from the National Geographic Weekly radio show  and NPR blog.

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Little Changes: an introduction to evolution

Released online in December 2012 and internationally available in print via Amazon in March 2013, Little Changes is a storybook aimed at children aged 6 – 10 that introduces the concepts of evolution without any jargon. The project has received praise from P.Z. Meyers for its initiative and been covered by local (Reading Chronicle), national (interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire, and for “The Naked Geneticists” podcast; book review in Aberdeen University Science Magazine), and international (Book review in “The New Indian Express” and the American online magazine “Evolution: This View of Life”) media outlets.

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Midnight Feasts

I have an entry in the marvellous collection of poems, edited by A. F. Harrold, Midnight Feasts. Here, you will find my refreshingly non-sciencey poem called “Mother’s Day”.

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30-Second Biology: The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half a minute (Ivy Press)

In this book, edited by Nick Battey and Mark Fellowes, I have 7 entries covering DNA, RNA, Proteins; Mendelian Genetics; Population Genetics; Epigenetics; Genomics & Other ‘omics; Profile: Bill Hamilton; and, Cancer

30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of life. Whether you’re dipping into the gene pool, unlocking cells, or conversing on biodiversity, this is all the knowledge you need to bring life to the dinner-party debate.