Winner of the 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

Moth: An Evolution Story is a story of light and dark, of change and adaptation, of survival and hope, beautifully illustrated by Daniel Egnéus.

It captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of a changing human world while introducing children of all ages to natural selection. Find out about the background to Moth here.

Moth gallery

Over the last two years, teachers have sent me the most amazing examples of the spectacular work pupils create in response to Moth. To celebrate publication of the paperback edition of Moth in August 2020, I’ve set up this gallery to share some of the work, with special thanks to the team at CLPE. I would love to feature your class’s work too – you can send it to me using the form below!

Pupils at Harrow Gate Primary performed Moth beautifully in a Readers Theatre

 

teaching resources for Moth

I hope the gallery above gives you lots of ideas about how to use Moth in your classroom, from Reception right up to Year 6 and beyond! The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) chose Moth as a Core Book for 2018/19 and 2019/20 and produced an excellent unit of work to help Power of Reading teachers plan integrated science and arts teaching using Moth. Bloomsbury UK have also produced teaching resources, which are available to download here.

For a longer look at natural selection and the story behind Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s theory, I have written a book especially for KS2 readers, published by Oxford University Press – The Misadventures of Charles Darwin. Have a look inside here.

Daniel and I have created a second picture book that answers a different big question that children ask about life. Fox: A Circle of Life Story looks at what happens when an animal dies, and publishes in October 2020.

Moth downloads

Coming soon! I’ve produced my own free downloads to help you use Moth with different age groups, from art activities focusing on camouflage for KS1 to an deeper exploration of natural selection for KS2. Please check back soon!

Moth workshops

If you would like me to run a Moth-themed science, writing and art workshop at your school, please get in touch!

feature in the Moth gallery

Please send your pupils’ work to isabel@isabelthomas.co.uk or via Twitter @isabelwriting