Uncover the ancient past—a guide to fantastic fossils for kids ages 6 to 8
Set off on an amazing adventure into the prehistoric past when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Fossils for Kids is filled with fascinating photographs and captivating facts that will teach junior fossil hunters how fossils form, where they are found, and tips on how to identify them.
Start by learning more about some of your favorite dinosaurs—from Velociraptor to Tyrannosaurus rex—and where you can see the coolest dinosaur skeletons. Then discover the creatures that predate even the dinosaurs! You'll meet famous birds, like the Archaeopteryx, explore tiny invertebrate trilobites, and learn which ancient plant is the source of a delicious drink—root beer!
Fossils for Kids includes:
Beyond dinos—You won't just be learning about dinosaurs; this book covers mammals, other reptiles, and plant fossils.
Greater knowledge—Use the fun sidebars to dive deeper into the fossil world and get more hands-on learning.
Clear images—The colorful pictures allow you to easily identify fossils.
It's time to unearth your scientific curiosity—there's no telling what you'll find using Fossils for Kids as your guide.
About the Author
Ashley Hall is a paleontologist, naturalist, science educator and communicator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Animal Behavior at Indiana University Bloomington. As Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, she excavated, identified, and helped care for the museum’s fossil collection.
“An absolute must-have book for kids and curious adults! Filled with beautiful, smart, colorful explanations of what a fossil is, how and where they formed, and why they are amazing! I have a feeling future paleontologists will want to name a species Ashleyis hallus after this author.” —Alie Ward, TV Personality and Host of Ologies Podcast
“A great way to inspire a child’s interest in paleontology, this engagingly written book cultivates a deeper understanding of how fossils form, surveys their diversity, and points kids in the right direction to find fossils either in the field for themselves or in exceptional museum collections. I found it refreshing that the author covers not only fossils of dinosaurs but also of diverse vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and microorganisms—which are rarely treated in children’s books but represent the majority of fossils!” —Dr. Julius T. Csotonyi, Biologist and Scientific Illustrator
“Ashley Hall’s Fossils for Kids is a wonderful introduction for youngsters to the world of paleontology. It is far more than a list of interesting factoids about different species of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals (although it has those in abundance). It explains the actual science of paleontology—what fossils are and how they form; how we find and uncover them; how we use this information to reconstruct the ancient worlds—in a family friendly volume. It is lavishly illustrated not only with reconstructions of ancient animals but also photographs of the real fossils themselves.” —Dr. Thomas Holtz, Principal Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Maryland
“Dinosaurs are great, but they are just one part of many wonderful stories about fossils in this new book for junior scientists. Readers can "dig" as deeply as they want into the past with Ashley Hall's book, which combines fun facts with accurate science, beautiful images, and diverse fossil plants and animals that provide surprising insights about the history of life on our unique planet.” —Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer, Senior Research Geologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, National Museum of Natural History