Children’s Book Week is an exciting time for library staff and a chance to read books that we may not usually borrow from the library. This week, I’m reviewing a book from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Shortlist for Book of the Year 2017.

The gigantic book of genes by Lorna Hendry comes from our junior non-fiction collection and has been nominated for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books this year.

This book is a clear and interesting introduction to genetics. The large text and bright pictures are appealing to children, whilst providing facts about this fascinating area of science and the human body. You can see some sample pages from the book here.

I took this book home for my eight year old and he said “I liked this book because it explains how genes work, what genes are and it tells you how to test your genes. My favourite part was when it told me that I share 98% DNA with cats, 82% DNA with dogs, mice share 70% DNA and bananas share 50% DNA with humans!”

Are your kids interested in genetics? They can also check out The Usborne internet-linked introduction to genes & DNA , DNA & genetic engineering or this TED-Ed video.