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Celebrate the launch of our Curious Kids book, Why do Tigers Have Whiskers?

Do sharks sneeze? Do butterflies remember being caterpillars? Why don’t cats wear shoes? Children have an insatiable curiosity for the world around them, and life can be an endless source of fascination for young minds. But do you have all the answers? And are they actually correct? Maybe you need to ask an expert …

The Conversation’s long-running Curious Kids series sees academic experts answer young people’s curly questions. And now, we’re proud to launch a Curious Kids picture book, Why Do Tigers Have Whiskers?. Published in partnership with Thames and Hudson and edited by The Conversation’s Sunanda Creagh, this beautifully illustrated book explores some of life’s most pressing (and adorable) questions, submitted by children and answered by leading experts in each field.

Buy your copy here.

To celebrate, we’re running a series of free family events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Curious kids in Melbourne

When: Saturday 31 July 2021 at 10:30am

Where: Readings State Library — State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Special guests: The event will be chaired by The Conversation’s Lucy Beaumont and will feature Deakin University’s Professor Euan Ritchie and The University of Melbourne’s Dr Kylie Soanes.

Tickets: Free, but bookings essential. Reserve your spot here.

Curious Kids in Sydney

When: Saturday 19 June 2021 at 1:30 pm

Where: Gleebooks — 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037

Special guests: The event will be chaired by The Conversation’s Sunanda Creagh and will feature University of Sydney animal expert Melissa Starling and Macquarie University marine ecologist Jane Williamson.

Tickets: Free, but bookings essential. Reserve your spot here.

Curious Kids in Brisbane

When: Saturday 26 June 2021 at 10:00 am

Where: Where the Wild Things Are — 191 Boundary St, West End Queensland 4101

Special guests: The event will be chaired by The Conversation’s Liz Minchin and will feature University of Queensland researchers Samantha Nixon and Caitlin Syme and some very special 8-legged guests.

Tickets: Unfortunately, all seats have been taken. However, please check here for any vacancies.

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