‘Big Questions’ chosen by the nation’s kids


So proud to see that Big Questions from Little People made the top 70 children’s books in a poll carried out by the National Literacy Trust – a list of best-loved books chosen by kids for kids. Exciting to see it there among so many of my sons’ favourites: Andy Stanton, David Almond, Julia Donaldson etc. A rare non-fiction book.

The list was voted for by primary schools across the UK, to honour the Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday. Seventy UK primary schools won the full pack of 70 books for their school libraries. It’s a pretty useful source for gift ideas if you’re buying for kids aged 7-11, also worth a look if you’re struggling to get your child reading. See the full list here: Duchess_Bookshelves_booklist

Say hello to the new Big Questions paperback

Book 2 out now!

‘Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?’ is out now. I like to see Book 2 as the sillier younger sibling of Book 1. Where Book 1 covered all the big questions (as well as some funny ones) Book 2 has much more on flammable farts, glow-in-the-dark scorpions and so on. Shorter expert answers are digestible in under 60 seconds. There’s also a quiz at the back.

Does My Goldfish

My feature in the Telegraph: how the books came about

How I flunked science but ended up doing a book with Brian Cox, Marcus du Sautoy and a Nobel prizewinner: read my feature in the Telegraph (Sept 2013)

What’s inside YOUR child’s head?

Check out Faber’s wonderful infographic based on my survey of children in ten UK primary schools. Designed by the book’s illustrator Andy Smith. If you’d like to add it to your own site, instructions are here


‘Seriously big brains’ in Big Questions says Telegraph review

So what will you learn? writes The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton reviewing Big Questions (19th October). “Well, that lobsters have blue blood and why urine is yellow (poor mad King George III had the unfortunate mix of blue wee). You learn that Dolly was a name used by Romans for their pets; that the earth isn’t round; that birds are living dinosaurs; and that cows don’t fart – they reroute gas down in their lungs and quietly breathe it out (187 pounds of methane gas a year). Oh, and comets are ‘big dirty snowballs made almost entirely of ice’ and that’s where the oceans came from.” Read the full review here

First review in the FT

“You’ll learn something… your kids will learn something. Big Questions works a treat.”

Off to a great start in the children’s books section of the Financial Times, Saturday October 6

BQ in the NSPCC News

Here’s Big Questions in the NSPCC’s weekly newsletter October 9th 2012 – a bit more about how the project came about.

Star panel for Big Questions event at Cheltenham Literary Fest

Philosophers Julian Baggini, AC Grayling and science and space expert Marcus Chown will answer questions from the public at the Big Questions q&a session at Cheltenham Literary Festival. Join them October 14 and tweet your own Big Questions to @cheltlitfest !

Big Questions heads to China

China’s fastest growing publishing house Beijing Green Beans will publish Big Questions in Chinese. The book is also being  translated for publication in Germany, Turkey, Romania, Korea and Taiwan – and will be sold in English in South Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US. Sales will benefit the NSPCC in all countries, and also support Save The Children in the US.