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The Kickstarter campaign for my kids’ book on scientific inquiry has just launched.

Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is the first book in my forthcoming series on pseudoscience, hoaxes, and extraordinary claims.

The approximately 90-page book for kids ages 9 to 13 explores the development and history of astrology and the claims made by astrology proponents. In the book, I address the arguments both for and against its validity and examine the scientific evidence, or rather, the lack thereof, for the validity of horoscopes.

Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? is designed to help kids better understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills. I pose thoughtful questions throughout the book and provide kids opportunities to test the validity of astrology and horoscopes. The book contains several fun activities for kids as they sleuth for answers to determine for themselves whether astrology is valid or just a form of pseudoscience.

The book is designed to assist kids in coming to their own conclusion of the invalidity of horoscopes, rather than flat out telling them ‘don’t believe in this.’

The reason I wrote the book is to help kids develop better critical thinking skills. The ability to think rationally as adults and problem-solve are highly desirable traits for employment. Critical thinking skills also play a strong role in career advancement and making sound decisions in people’s personal lives. So providing kids opportunities to examine falsehoods and practice evaluating information will go a long way toward helping them to develop these crucial skills.

For more information on my forthcoming book, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? or to back my project with a preorder of the book, visit


by Kimberly Blaker
Posted: January 10, 2018

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