The Gigantic Book of Genes – Lorna Hendry

Published in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 CBCA  Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, this is a worthy addition to any household or school library.

giganticbookofgenesA visual delight, this books explains genetics in simple language and with clear imagery. Stunning photography and imagery from double page spreads to silhouette cut outs and white backgrounds, and large carefully placed text, and fact boxes combine to make this a fascinating read. The Gigantic Book of Genes is an excellent information book to engage curious minds rather than to support scientific research. The extensive glossary at the back makes interesting reading on its own and the series of ‘tests’ scattered throughout the books give young readers a chance to discover some of their own unique genetic characteristics. The next time you have a need to explain DNA to someone, don’t – grab this book instead.

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia. For personal orders in Australia you can order direct at


About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.
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