Full of Life: Exploring Earth's BiodiversityIsabel Thomas, illustrated by Sara Gillingham

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Science meets design in this graphically stunning introductory tour of Earth’s amazing biodiversity 

This artful and accessible guide to Earth’s Tree of Life – the reference tool used by scientists to organize the incredible variety of living things on our planet – helps young readers understand how every living creature, from the tiniest germ to the biggest blue whale, is part of one big family tree. Stunning layouts feature fascinating facts and stories behind some of the most extraordinary species on Earth, from familiar plants and animals to newly discovered microorganisms and viruses. With a comprehensive introduction, conclusion, and glossary, this is the perfect introduction to the 2 million+ life forms on our planet. 


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 203 × 229 mm (8 × 9 in)
  • Pages: 224 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838665364

Science writer and children’s author Isabel Thomas is a winner of the AAAS/Subaru Young People’s Book Prize, the ASE Science Book of the Year, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. She previously wrote Exploring the Elements with Sara Gillingham. 

Sara Gillingham is the award-winning art director and designer who created Exploring the ElementsSeeing Stars, and Animals in the Sky with Phaidon. She lives in British Columbia.



'For science-minded 8- to 15-year-olds: Full of Life offers a dazzling survey of earth's biodiversity.' – Wall Street Journal

'Absolutely stunning.' – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

'Ingenious design.' – Youth Services Book Review, Starred Review

'Vibrant illustrations, easy-to-understand graphics, and snippet-size lessons take readers through an epic journey of life on earth.' – Real Simple

‘Merges art, ecology and design to teach young ones … all that is fascinating and magical about the planet’s creatures and how each … are connected.’ – Cool Hunting

'An impressive resource for biology, conservation, and biodiversity research.' – Children's Literature

'Perfect for a scientist lover and a kid who hasn't yet explored our world!' – New York Family

'An excellent choice for curious kids (and adults) who love science and nature.' – Cracking the Cover

‘Adults will find this just as fascinating.’ – Sincerely Stacie

'A beautiful combination of art and science celebrating the animal world.' – Motherhood Moment

'A wonderful invitation to explore some of the biggest branches of Earth's tree of life.' – The Silvan Reverie

'Stellar graphics and a well-organized, readable approach to its expansive subject matter make this volume stand out; it's sure to evoke awe for the natural world.' – Kirkus Reviews