Astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Bennett has a new book, I, Humanity, set for release in January 2016. The book is geared towards 7-9 year olds but just about anyone can learn a thing or two from it. Using a well-placed timeline of events the book seeks to detail our discoveries of the universe and our existence within it.
From the glossy texture of the pages as you turn them, to the elaborate and color infused illustrations, the book is visually tailored to its age group, but still interesting even for parents.
The book takes ideas and presents them in an easy-to-grasp manner for the mind of a young child. Concepts like gravity, black holes, dark matter, and different forms of light are explained through words and illustrations that allow for easy understanding. After finishing the book, if your child is intrigued, there are a list of suggested activities included to help navigate the path to continued learning.
Perhaps the most striking part of this book is it's reflective conclusion. It places the reader in the mindset of being a small fish in a big pond, but lets kids know that our size in no way limits our ability to achieve greatness.
The one critique is that its vocabulary at times seemed a bit beyond what is typical for a 7-year-old. Perhaps more for a terrifically smart one, but even at 10-12 kids will get plenty from it. The book's glossary has explanations for the more difficult things.