Deborah Hopkinson

Award Winning Author of Fiction & Nonfiction for Children & Teens

Who Was Charles Darwin?

Who Was Charles Darwin?

What is this book about?

As a young boy, Charles Dar­win hat­ed school and was often scold­ed for con­duct­ing “use­less” exper­i­ments. Yet his pas­sion for the nat­ur­al world was so strong that he suf­fered through ter­ri­ble sea­sick­ness dur­ing his five-year voy­age aboard The Bea­gle. Dar­win col­lect­ed new crea­tures from the coasts of Africa, South Amer­i­ca, and the Gala­pa­gos Islands, and expand­ed his ground­break­ing ideas that would change peo­ple’s under­stand­ing of the nat­ur­al world. About 100 illus­tra­tions and a clear, excit­ing text will make Dar­win and his the­o­ry of evo­lu­tion an excit­ing dis­cov­ery for every young reader.


Evo­lu­tion Teacher Resources from

Evo­lu­tion Les­son Plans

Turn on the news and you will find that with debates on intel­li­gent design and evo­lu­tion, Charles Dar­win is almost as con­tro­ver­sial today as he was when he first pub­lished the Ori­gin of Species. Learn more about evo­lu­tion, Charles Dar­win and his world, and how sci­en­tists today are using his work. 

Short Bib­li­og­ra­phy 

Bar­low, Nora, ed.  The Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of Charles Dar­win 1809–1882.  New York: W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pa­ny, 1958.

Browne, Janet.  Charles Dar­win: Voy­ag­ing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. 

Charles Dar­win: The Pow­er of Place. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Dar­win, Charles.  The Ori­gin of Species, 1859.

Keynes, R.D., ed.  Charles Dar­win’s Bea­gle Diary.  Cam­bridge, U.K.: Cam­bridge  Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1988.

Mayr, Ernst.  What Evo­lu­tion Is. New York: Basic Books, 2001.

Who Was Charles Darwin?

author, Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son
Pen­guin Work­shop
Pen­guin Ran­dom House
ages 6 and up, 2005
ISBN 978–0448437644

buy the book