Planet Life: The Amazing History of Earth


by Museu de Ciencies Naturals in Barcelona


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What did Earth look like 300 million years ago? Page through this gorgeous book and travel back in time to discover the days when Earth was a very different place than it is today. 

In this cleverly designed book, readers can peel back the layers of history by lifting the flaps and vellum pages inside, and compare the plants and animals that lived in prehistoric landscapes with the fossils they left behind. The constantly evolving face of our planet comes to life, while the science behind Earth’s geology and climate is clearly explained.

Packed with fascinating illustrations, this is a wonderful introduction to the earliest single-celled life forms to the mighty dinosaurs and onward to the first human beings.


*2021 Prix Sorcières Award

*2021 BolognaRagazzi Award, Special Mention in Nonfiction 

*2021 Andersen Prize Finalist, Nonfiction


“An exquisitely produced nonfiction book that gives an overview of the evolution of life on earth through fossils and dinosaurs to the first humans…It is good to see a comprehensive book for children about prehistory which is not limited to dinosaurs.” ―Five Books

“An exquisite overview of the evolution of life on earth, from fossils and dinosaurs, to the first humans.” ―Knysna-Plett Herald

“This engaging and beautifully illustrated book will satiate the most curious of minds ... A perfect page-turner for those who are fact-hungry, dinosaur-obsessed, and interested in science and history.”―Bristol Magazine

Breathtaking illustrations bring billions of years of Earth’s fascinating history to life in this engaging and accessible book created in conjunction with Natural Science Museum of Barcelona.

Aina Bestard  is an illustrator and textile designer who divides her time between Barcelona and Mallorca. As a little girl, her grandfather shared his artistic vocation with her by teaching her to draw. Bestard has studied graphic design and has worked for brands such as Miró Jeans, Women’s Secret, and Camper. Her beautifully illustrated children's books have been published around the world.

Books in her immensely successful What’s Hidden series have been published in more than a dozen countries, with over 200,000 copies in print. Titles include What’s Hidden in the Woods?, What’s Hidden in the Sky?, What’s Hidden in the Sea?, and What’s Hidden in the Body.  Her most recent book, Planet Life, has been translated into 10 languages since its publication in 2021. It has been awarded the Prix Sorcières 21, one of the most prestigious literary awards in France,  and Best Illustrated Book of 2020 by the Association of Booksellers of Northern Spain. It was also a finalist for the 2021 Andersen Prize in Nonfiction.

With more than 140 years of history, the Museu de Ciències Naturals in Barcelona is a major institution dedicated to the conservation of collections and the study and teaching of natural history, hosting a broad range of events and exhibitions. The museum is an open, dynamic, and iconic facility that plays a vital role as a scientific forum promoting public awareness of current environmental issues. Situated in Barcelona’s Parc del Fórum, the museum is home to the permanent exhibition ‘Planet Life’, which tells the story of Earth and the evolution of life. It presents the dynamic relationship between our planet’s geological processes and the living things that have lived and continue to live here, from Earth’s formation to the present day, via a continuing, complex, and cyclical process of evolution. The exhibition allows visitors to see Earth as a delicately balanced system that is nonetheless constantly changing. ‘Planet Life’ has served as an invaluable guide during the production of this book.


Publication Date | March 01, 2022 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

60 Pages + 16 Pages Inserts + 6 Pages Flaps

Color Illustrations Throughout

13.18 x 9.6 in.

$24.99 ($33.99 CAN)


Reading Age: 8 - 12 years

This book has been translated into the following languages:

Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Turkish, Basque, Slovenian, Dutch, Polish, French, Italian, German, Simplified Chinese