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How We Got to Now for Younger Readers

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 19, 2018

How We Got To Now Kids

After hearing that the PBS series based on his bestselling book, How We Got to Now, was being watched by grade schoolers at home and in school, Steven Johnson has adapted the book into a version for young readers.

His fascinating account is organized into six topics: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light. Johnson’s fresh exploration of these simple, single-syllable word concepts creates an endlessly absorbing story that moves from lightning strikes in the prehistoric desert to the herculean effort to literally raise up the city of Chicago to laser labs straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Totally getting this for my kids for Christmas. (Kids, if you’re reading this, act surprised, ok?)