It is with immense excitement and pride that I can finally let you all know some news that I’ve been keeping hush for a while now. Not because of any Non-Disclosure Agreement, but mostly for almost the entirety of the process I thought it was too good to be true. But now, I have a printed copy of my first publication in my hand!
Yes, although I can rifle through it right here in front of me… still with some measure of disbelief, I was the author of the latest in the National Geographic Kids: Everything series of books!
Before you read on where I’ll give you a sneak-peek or two, I want to say a massive thanks to the publishers HarperCollins, particularly Lauren Murray and Michelle l’Anson for their support, trust and guidance. I’m not sure if I ever told them that beyond an article or contribution to one chapter in a book, that this was my first full foray as a lead author – solo or otherwise.
The book is aimed towards kids at Key Stage 2 level (7-11 years old), but it is definitely suitable for Key Stage 3, and I believe a great revision or project book for those taking GCSE Geography (wink wink). All Geography specialists and departments should have a copy of this book!
Released 1st September 2022.
Click here to pre-order now!
I want to thank some folks that I gave acknowledgements to in the back of the book. Gabby Waterman (then of EEEGR before she moved onto a new role), who helped with a few fact-checks and some very useful regional information. The team at Net Zero Leiston, checking info about their village’s plans to go Net Zero by 2030. Sebastian Sterl at IRENA, the chat we had for the Coffee & Geography podcast gave me a few ideas particularly the interesting stuff about wind energy in the African Rift Valley. White Raven Woman Candace Lloyd, who kept me honest with my desire to include indigenous examples. She provided me with a wealth of further reading. And finally, my family who had to put up with me working even harder than usual, but particularly for humouring me when I tried out an idea for a game that I wanted to include in the book.
There are some bits and bobs that didn’t make it into the final draft of the book, but the lovely folks at HarperCollins have told me it is fine to make those available as appropriate. So over the next week or two, keep an eye out for special blog post of extra goodies that you can use with the book!
Go order Nat Geo Kids: Everything Sustainable Energy now, for when it is released on 1st September 2022.