How to Become an Expert in ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

How to become an expert in ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

World history author Christopher Lloyd’s new campaign aims to connect knowledge back together

Written by the best-selling author of What on Earth Happened?, ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! is a brand-new illustrated title for 9+ year-olds that tells the up-to-date story of the history of the world where readers will discover that the real world is far more amazing than anything you can make up!

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention is the perfect gift this Christmas for all the family. For every question the book answers, it sparks another one, helping lead the reader into a lifelong love of enquiring and discovering answers.

‘Launch yourself on an incredible journey across millennia and continents. Along the way, discover everything about the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalization, wars, technology – and much more. This unique history of the world connects the dots of the past from the beginning of time to the present day!’

Through engaging design, Andy Forshaw’s colourful illustrations, hundreds of photographs throughout and a mini timeline in each chapter highlighting key moments, ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING is both accessible and fun for young readers and adults alike, bringing to life the most remarkable true stories of all time.

The real world is more amazing than anything you can make up! That’s the message from children’s best-selling non-fiction author Christopher Lloyd as he launches a major new initiative to raise awareness amongst educators, parents and students in the importance of an interconnected, cross-curricular approach to knowledge and education.

Christopher Lloyd will kick off a new campaign Absolutely Everything! with a series of lectures at the prestigious Royal Institution in Mayfair, London. During the talks, Christopher will demonstrate how it is possible to guide an audience ranging in ages from aged 6 – 96 through the history of the world in just 60 minutes, using nothing more than a giant timeline, a series of everyday objects and a multi-coloured storytelling coat.

Christopher Lloyd says “For too long knowledge has been chopped up by adults into meaningless chunks through timetables, syllabuses and learning objectives that prevent young people from learning in a more interconnected way. Actually, the real world is not like that at all. Only by connecting knowledge back together again can children learn to think out of the box, develop critical thinking skills and become their own self-learning systems.”

Christopher Lloyd’s Absolutely Everything! campaign includes the development of a new curriculum for teachers in the UK that embodies these philosophies – it mirrors similar efforts in the US by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie, who are donating $2 billion to create a new generation of schools inspired by his Montessori education, that will provide a more holistic, contextualised approach to learning.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder says “The gift of a Montessori education ultimately enables children to become individuals, who can think for themselves, think of others, and think out-of-the-box,” Said Bezos. “We believe it is no accident that two of the three most successful companies in the world (Amazon and Google) were founded by former Montessori students. Jeff Bezos, Larry Paige, and Sergei Brin were given the opportunity, in the microcosm of their Montessori classrooms. To develop the skills required for success in today’s world.”

The Absolutely Everything! campaign will continue with a range of new initiatives over the coming weeks and months. These include:

  • The Absolutely Everything! charitable foundation that offers grants to schools and home learning groups. To receive workshops for educators in how to build successful cross-curricular learning strategies. As well as inspirational cross-curricular lectures for students.
  • A new Absolutely Everything! Curiosity Curriculum is currently being piloted. That takes the existing National Curriculum Key Stage 2 framework aims and objectives and re-organises them into a coherent. Narrative structure that provides an alternative cross-curricular, integrated approach to teaching and learning.
  • The Absolutely Everything! nationwide theatre show that will bring the extraordinary story of the history of world to life for family audiences.
  • The publication of, Absolutely Everything! (4 Oct 2018), a book for 9+ year-olds that tells the story of the history of the world. In a fun and engaging way.

Critical acclaim for Christopher Lloyd’s new book Absolutely Everything:

Children will love it – and adults too!”

“From the Big Bang to yesterday’s breakfast, this
BOOK OF FUN AND DISCOVERY makes sense of it ALL.”
– MARTIN BROWN, Horrible Histories

I wish they’d had books like this when I was young…”

Absolutely Everything, out 4 October in hardback (£16.99, What on Earth Books)

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