A Skeptical Required Reading List – In Graphic Form

Here’s my skeptical reading list! It’s even available on a Token Skeptic shirt!

This is with many thanks to Catherine, of Faster Pussycat Productions.

The last time I caught up with Warren of Embiggen Books in Melbourne for a podcast, we ended up doing a tremendous discussion on Great Books In Skepticism – Podblack’s Book Club With Embiggen Books, with the following recommendations:

And with that announcement, expect to see me and members of the Young Australian Skeptics at Embiggen Books on Saturday, 3rd March. More details as I confirm what we’re doing… but I suspect it’ll be a book-launch!
However, I do have a extended booklist, which does need a little updating… feel free to suggest new entries that I’ll post on this site.

  • Dan Barker - Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics (ages 6 and up)
  • Bill Nye’s books
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki’s books – all ages
  • Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser’s books
  • Dr Stephen and Lucy Hawking - “George’s Secret Key to the Universe”
  • Ellen Jackson - The Tree of Life : The Wonders of Evolution by Ellen Jackson (4-8 yrs)
  • Diane Swanson - Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science (ages 9-12); Turn it Loose – The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody (ages 7 to 12).
  • John Gribbin - Dazzling Discoveries (ages 10-12).
  • Lynne Kelly - The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal (ages 10-15).
  • Tim Yule and Keith Baxter - Sasquatches from Outer Space : Exploring the Weirdest Mysteries Ever (ages 9-13).
  • Philip J Klass - Bringing UFOs Down to Earth (ages 9-12).
  • Joe Nickell - Wonder-Workers! How They Perform the Impossible by Joe Nickell (ages 9-14); The Real Life X-Files and its sequel(ages 10-12).

Older Readers (Aged 12 and up):

  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan (ages 15 and up)
  • Hyman Ruchlis How Do You Know It’s True? : Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition (ages 12-15).
  • Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar – ages 10 – 18.
  • ‘Games’ by Robin Klein – a novel – ages 10-15.
  • Contact by Carl Sagan – a novel – ages 15 – 18.
  • ‘Zara’ by Mary Hooper – a novel – ages 10 – 15.
  • ‘Avenging Janie’ by Lynne Kelly – a novel – ages 14 – 17.
  • Abracadabra! : Secret Methods Magicians & Others Use to Deceive Their Audience by Nathaniel Schiffman – ages 10-13.
  • The Physics of the Buffyverse and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales of Pure Genius and Mad Science by Jennifer Ouellette – ages 14-18.
  • Straight Dope – The Books by Cecil Adams – ages 14-16.
  • How to Fossilise Your Hamster and Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze by Mick O’Hare – ages 14 – 17.
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - a novel – ages 14-17.
  • Kaz Cooke - Girl Stuff: Your Full On Guide to the Teen Years.
  • Daniell, Ellen - Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists. Yale University Press, US. 2006.
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - a novel – ages 14-17.

New To Skepticism? Building Up Your Skeptic Library? Consider the following as useful texts for either yourself or for others who question:

  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
  • The Elusive Quarry: A Scientific Appraisal of Psychical Research by Ray Hyman
  • Missing Pieces: How to Investigate Ghosts, UFOs, Psychics, and Other Mysteries by Robert Baker and Joe Nickell
  • The Triumph of Evolution (and the Failure of Creationism) by Niles Eldredge
  • The Ancestor’s Tale : A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner
  • The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal by Lynne Kelly
  • The Psychic Mafia by M. Lamar Keene
  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles McKay
  • Case Closed by Gerald Posner
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
  • Crime Science: Methods of Forensic Detection by Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer
  • Science : Good, Bad and Bogus by Martin Gardner
  • How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich
  • The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens
  • Psychic Sleuths and Secrets of the Supernatural by Joe Nickell and John Fischer
  • Pseudoscience and the Paranormal by Terrence Hines
  • Bad Astronomy : Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax” by Phil Plait
  • Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions by James Randi
  • An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi and Arthur C. Clarke
  • Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • Spook : Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  • Them : Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
  • The Men Who Stared At Goats by Jon Ronson
  • A Physicist’s Guide to Skepticism: Applying Laws of Physics to Faster-Than-Light Travel, Psychic Phenomena, Telepathy, Time Travel, UFOs, and Other Pseudoscientific Claims by Milton Rothman
  • UFO’s : A Scientific Debate edited by Carl Sagan and Thornton Page
  • Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless by Steve Salerno
  • Why Darwin Matters : The Case Against Intelligent Design by Michael Shermer
  • Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer
  • Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution : Modern Physics for Non-Scientists by Richard Wolfson
  • Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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