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Children’s STEM Book, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery?

My forthcoming kids’ book on scientific inquiry, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery?, is scheduled to debut in April 2018.

The approximately 80-page STEM book for kids ages 9 to 13 explores the development and history of astrology and the claims made by astrology proponents. In the book, I address the arguments both for and against its validity and examine the scientific evidence, or rather, the lack thereof, for the validity of horoscopes.

Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is designed to help kids better understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills. I pose thoughtful questions throughout the book and provide kids opportunities to test the validity of astrology and horoscopes. The book contains seven fun activities for kids as they sleuth for answers to determine for themselves whether astrology is valid or just a form of pseudoscience.

It’s designed to assist kids in coming to their own conclusion of the invalidity of horoscopes, rather than flat out telling them ‘don’t believe in this.’

The reason I decided to write the book is because of the vast population of not only kids, but adults, who buy into various forms of pseudoscience, hoaxes, and extraordinary claims. According to a 2012 Omnibus Poll, 45% of American adults believe in ghosts and 32% believe people can interact with the dead. A 2009 Harris Poll found 26% of people believe in astrology. These statistics indicate a need for better-educating kids in areas of science and improving their development of critical thinking skills.

Helping kids to develop good critical thinking skills is crucial to their ability think rationally as adults and their ability to problem-solve. Not only is critical thinking a highly desirable trait for employment, it plays a strong role in career advancement as well as the ability to make sound decisions in people’s personal lives.