I found a few more books to add to the Big History Reading list. Again, I don’t expect anyone to read all of them, I just want my students to read at least 2 or 3 of them.
My son received How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown a few years ago but I had never read it. I picked it up last week and finished it in a few days. Its a very entertaining book about the how Mike Brown and his team searched for the 10th planet and how their findings changed Pluto’s status. There’s a lot of good science about how planets are discovered and how scientists get credit for their discoveries.
While looking for an audio book, I happened upon Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. My boys and I listened to this a few years ago and it was excellent. It would fit in nicely with the last few units of Big History. There’s also a kid’s version, which might be good for the middle school students, Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers’ Edition.
And lastly, I bought a copy of The Total Skywatcher’s Manual: 275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond, produced by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and I think it would be a great book for homeschoolers trying to do some observational astronomy. Its got a lot of nice activities and recommendations for objects to look for in the sky. It also has sections on binoculars and telescopes. This book might be better than Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe for families with younger kids.