The cover of Children of Time

Children of Time

Evolution and the Human Story

by Anne H. Weaver
illustrated by Matt Celeskey

What People Are Saying About Children of Time

“Children of Time: Evolution and the Human Story” by Anne Weaver is one of the best books about evolution for young people that I have ever read. Combining very accurate information about our ancestors with delightful stories, and Matt Celeskey‘s marvelous illustrations, make this a book I would recommend to all readers who are interested in Pre-history.

—Jean M. Auel, author of the Earth‘s Children book series. jeanauel.com


This book nails it. You should read it.. With colors, textures, odors, and myriad sounds, Weaver guides the reader through…[a] new universe. No film, television program, museum exhibit, “grown-up” pop science book, novel, and not even my own imagination while I lurked inside a spectacularly painted Paleolithic French cave has conjured living dying laughing crying hominins like Children of Time does.

—Holly M. Dunsworth, upcoming National Center for Science Education Review. http://ncse.com/


Children of Time is an engaging account of human evolution written for children. It vividly recreates the the lives of individual hominids, ranging from a juvenile Australopithecine to young adult humans living in Ice Age Europe. Though these vignettes are fiction, the science on which they are based is sound. You will not look at the fossils on which these stories are based in the same way ever again. I can think of no finer gift for a child with a budding interest in paleoanthropology.

John Shea, Ph. D., Professor, Anthropology Department & Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University. Website


Children of Time is an absolutely wonderful book that takes a completely novel approach to the story of human evolution. The stories included in this collection are told through the eyes of “fossil” children, our actual human ancestors, such as a young Australopithecus or Homo habilis child. It’s all backed up with fascinating science from the original fossil discoveries.
Anne Weaver’s text is an easy and fun read that folks of all ages will find engaging. Matt Celeskey’s wonderful and highly accurate illustrations make it all come alive for the reader.

—Ray Troll, artist; illustrator of Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z and Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway. trollart.com


Anne Weaver is a professional paleoanthropologist who also happens to write great science books for children. Her Voyage of the Beetle was a big hit with my grandchildren. Written for middle-school aged children, Children of Time is a series of stories about early hominin youngsters, told from the vantage point of children. Each chapter ends with an up-to-date and accurate section about the science behind the story. This book has scientific integrity and should excite the imaginations of young adventurers everywhere!

—Dean Falk, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, School of Advanced Research; author of The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed our View of Human Evolution. deanfalk.com


You have truly found your niche in bringing evolution, and especially human evolution, to children. All too often we “old folks” (some of us older than others) are too set in our ideas of what the world has to offer, but children are ready to have their eyes opened and exposed to ideas and different worlds. You have done a wonderful job of bringing the world of past humans to children through this book. I hope that it gets to enough of them to make them interested in where we come from and, ultimately, what it means to be “human.”
Congratulations on it, and please keep it up. There are plenty of us who look at the little details of the old bones; we need people like you to bring it to the larger world.

—Dr. Erik Trinkaus, Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Physical Anthropology, St. Louis University; member of the American Academy of Sciences and author of In Search of the Neandertals.


In six fictional episodes directly linked to paleontological artifacts, Weaver retraces the past 2.5 million years of “hominin” (pre)history…With paintings that resemble museum-diorama backgrounds—loose, but careful with natural detail—Celeskey tracks evolutionary changes in facial features, body types and clothing (or lack thereof). As the narrative progresses, the author inserts speculative but informed touchpoints in the development of names and language, tools and culture. Explanatory afterwords elaborate on the evidence incorporated into each chapter…

—Kirkus Book Reviews, read full review


Photo of the awards

Winner:
Best Science Book
Best Juvenile Book
2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards