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Children of Time wins best Science and Juvenile book at NM-AZ Book Awards

Anne and I show off the two awards Children of Time took at the 2013 NM-AZ Book Awards


On Friday evening, author Anne Weaver and I attended the gala dinner for the annual New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. This year, authors, publishers, and other bibliophiles reviewed 1200 entries for awards in 50 categories. Our book, Children of Time, was selected as a finalist for 3 awards: Anthropology/Archeology, Juvenile Book, and Science, and we’re thrilled to announce that it was selected as a winner in the Juvenile and Science categories!

It takes a huge amount of effort to make a book like this happen. Big thanks to Anne Weaver and the talented editors and designers at UNM Press for inviting me to be a part of this!

A complete list of this year’s winners is available here. Children of Time is available from UNM Press, your favorite local bookstore, or Amazon. Cross-posted (in part) at children-of-time.com.

Children of Time

Cover of Children of Time by Anne H. Weaver. Illustrations by Matt Celeskey.

Cover of Children of Time by Anne H. Weaver. Illustrations by Matt Celeskey.

In 2008, I began work on a series of illustrations for a children’s book on human evolution, written by anthropologist and educator Anne H. Weaver. The stories in the book reconstruct the lives (and deaths) of several juvenile hominins known from fossils. As one friend of mine remarked, “It’s kind of like Clan of the Cave Bear for the kiddie set.” (Clan of the Cave Bear author Jean Auel actually had some very nice things to say about the book.)

To do Anne’s stories justice, I spent a fair amount of time researching the different hominin species and cultures represented in the book, with lots of help from the very knowledgable and patient author. I’ll be adding a few of the images to this site, and several more are available on the book’s website. Children of Time was published in early 2012 by the University of New Mexico Press and is available from the publisherAmazon or your favorite local bookseller.