On the Origin of Species Kickstarter

On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

Sabina Radeva has a Kickstarter to publish a picture book version of Darwin’s ‘On the Origins of Species’. The illustration style is extremely sweet and reminds me the style of drawings during the lifetime of Darwin, which adds a poignancy to the book.

The Kickstarter still has 36 days to go (as of the 4th of October) and has raised approximately 12 times the desired funding already.

The Story

Evolution by natural selection is one of the best ideas in science. It explains an incredibly wide range of biological facts. But it is taught in a dry and confusing manner in school. Many people don’t really understand Darwin’s theory. Some don’t even believe in Evolution.

In 1831, Darwin embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle. In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species where he describes his findings. The book is still a bestseller on websites like Amazon, despite the fact that it was written 150 years ago.

A new study suggests that introducing the topic early to children using pictures and stories promotes better understanding later in school (Gopnik, A., 2014. Teaching Tots Evolution via Picture Books – WSJ). I would like to create a picture book adaptation that will explain Darwin’s theory in an engaging and accessible style. A picture book is a perfect medium for conveying complex ideas to children – minimal text works together with imagery to carry the meaning along.

Who is it for?

The book is suitable for kids from 4-12 years old. I believe such book will be enjoyed by grownups too. It will help you introduce Darwin’s theory to your child, inspire them and spark interest in science. It can be a coffee table book, a valuable gift or a pretty addition to your bookshelf.

The Prototype

I have created a small prototype with a cover image and few spreads. The images received overwhelmingly positive comments on social media. People mentioned they would buy the book (even those who were not much interested in the subject matter). I think a beautiful book can awaken our curiosity.

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