I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed the tectonic shift in paleontology over the past 6 years, but since our son came along I have visited more Natural History museums and watched more dinosaur programs than I ever expected. The changes have come so quickly that even Dinosaur Train has had trouble keeping up. Turns out having Pterosaurs as your main characters on a dinosaur show was a big mistake. But it’s fun learning along side the professionals. It also teaches me and the kids that science is a dynamic process.
One of the best books for keeping up with the changes is Dinosaur Empire by Abby Howard. This graphic novel is a great resource for parents, kids and educators looking for all of the latest research explained in one easy to read book. Our copy arrived this weekend and my 6 year old dove right in.
My son was fascinated by the artwork and looked through it in one sitting, explaining the illustrations to his younger brother. Some of the words and concepts are above his head. He asked me to read it to him and explain what’s happening along the way. It’s a bit long to read in one sitting, but he asks for me to read it to him every chance he gets.
From a parent’s perspective, Dinosaur Empire does an excellent job covering the latest research in paleontology and accurately depicts the vast span of time covered by the Mesozoic Era. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more books in the series.