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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

  • An exciting new, interactive idea in television programming is slated to air on local PBS stations Friday (April 8) night in prime time. “Planet Forward gives engaged citizens, entrepreneurs, scientists and students the opportunity to share their energy solutions, and connect those innovative ideas with leaders in the energy field,” said Frank Sesno, Planet Forward’s host and creator. “These ideas have the power to change the nation’s energy future.” The best ideas are then featured online and on TV. As part of PBS's Earth Day programming, Planet Forward has produced a one-hour special focusing on some of the most innovative and interesting ideas that they...      Read more...
    Published 7 Apr 2011 1:41 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Spring is slowly appearing around the country. Even among the cold rain and sleet the cherry blossom trees here in Washington, DC managed to reach peak bloom this week. Today I'd like to highlight a creature whose sighting is a sure sign that spring has arrived: the hummingbird! SB&F recently reviewed a unique book on hummingbirds entitled Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas . The review will appear in our May issue, but here's a sneak peek! Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas by Jeannette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks. (Illus. by Adrienne Yorinks.) Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011. 64pp. $16.95. ISBN 9781580893329. This attractive book was a pleasure to...      Read more...
    Published 31 Mar 2011 12:51 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • The massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has caused much devastation to this island nation. News and footage of the earthquake and its resulting damage can be seen all over 24 hour news programs and the Internet. Mobile phones capture photos and video and instantly make them available to the world. These images seen by children and young adults are sure to ignite many questions about the causes of these violent nature disasters. Create a teaching moment by offering up books and reliable web sites to answer their questions. Here are a few recommended resources for children and young adults on earthquakes and tsunamis: How Stuff Works: Eathquakes USGS...      Read more...
    Published 15 Mar 2011 12:26 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • This year we expanded the SB&F Prize program locally by envolving DC are children in the Subaru Loves Science! Kids' Choice Award. Five area schools particpated in the program. Over 500 K-8 students read the four finalist books in both the Children's and Middle Grades categories of the SB&F Prize. The students discussed the books in class and completed voting ballets. Over 2,000 books total were read! Participating students received a hat and certificate. And the winners are..... Children's Science Picture Book: Bones by Steve Jenkins. (Scholastic, 2010) Middle Grades Science Book: The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Susan Jermain. (Houghton...      Read more...
    Published 15 Feb 2011 2:20 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Best-Selling Children's Author Seymour Simon Builds Mobile App "Science Fun to Go" on YAPPER Free App Targeted to Parents, Teachers & Librarians for iPhone, iPad & Android Users SachManya, creators of award-winning YAPPER (Your APP makER) , an online, easy-to-use self-service mobile application maker, and award-winning children's science writer Seymour Simon debut their first mobile app built on YAPPER, called "Science Fun To Go." This free app will be available on iPhone, iPad and Android and will serve as a one-stop resource for the work of award-winning author Seymour Simon, featuring a direct feed of his Blog, content...      Read more...
    Published 9 Dec 2010 9:36 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • In case you missed it, the 2011 SB&F Prize finalists have been announced. Right now our judges are reading over this year's finalists to choose a winner in each category. Winners will be announced in January and honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in February. This year, with extra support from Subaru, we are working with DC area school children to choose a Kids' Choice Award winner in two of the categories (Children's Science Picture Book and Middle Grades Science Book). Over 500 children from area schools are reading the books, discussing them in class, and voting for their favorite. The Kids' Choice winner in each category will be announced at the AAAS...      Read more...
    Published 2 Nov 2010 10:07 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • PEN American Center announced today that acclaimed naturalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Edward O. Wilson and actor and conservationist Harrison Ford have joined with PEN to create the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. “It’s wonderful to live in a time of great scientific advances,” said PEN’s president, Anthony Appiah, “but we aren’t doing a great job in communicating the fascination and the challenge of science to a wider public. I’m delighted that E.O. Wilson—a great scientist and a great writer—and Harrison Ford, a committed conservationist with a deep respect for science, have made it possible for us to recognize...      Read more...
    Published 21 Oct 2010 2:17 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • After reading more than 200 science books for children and young adults, the SB&F Prize judging committee has selected this year's SB&F Prize Finalists. Winners will be announced in January and honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washinton, DC in February. Children’s Science Picture Book Bones . Steven Jenkins. (Illus.) Scholastic, 2010. Lizards . Nic Bishop. (Illus.) Scholastic, 2010. Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge . Joanna Cole. (Illus. by Bruce Degen; from the Magic School Bus Series.) Scholastic, 2010. Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? Robert E. Well. (Illus.) Albert Whitman & Company, 2010. Middle Grades Science Book The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey...      Read more...
    Published 13 Oct 2010 10:12 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Ubiquitous (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) is a delightful book of poetry for young readers. More than a poetry book, Ubiquitous weaves sound science through out its pages. Our long time reviewer and member of the SB&F Prize committee, Dr. Edward Saiff, recently reviewed the book. See his full review below. Be sure to check out our suggested reading list of other science and poetry books. (Free registration required to view these resources. Please create a free account here .) SB&F review of Ubiquitous : Poetry and science aren’t often found in the same children’s book, but Ubiquitous serves both areas well. The book celebrates several species that are thriving on earth today with...      Read more...
    Published 14 Sep 2010 2:35 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins is a favorite of mine. He has written and illustrated over 20 science books for young audiences, including the SB&F Prize winner, Sisters & Brothers , a delightful look at sibling relationships in the animal world. His books are appealing to children of all ages. In fact I read the board book version of Move! to my two and a half year old and she loves it! His most recent book is Bones . This book is an artistic, but accurate view of the bones of the human body. The text is simple, yet engaging. And, as usual, the illustrations are captivating. Mr. Jenkins not only researches and writes his books, he is also an accomplished artist. He uses paper collage...      Read more...
    Published 7 Sep 2010 10:41 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • I saw a school bus on my way to work this morning, a reminder that summer is just about over. I am sure many of you are in the midst of getting your libraries and classrooms ready for students, if not already welcoming them through your doors. Be sure to check back often with SB&F Online throughout the year for interesting and valuable science book related activities for your students. We have some exciting things coming up! In fact, I’ve just posted 3 new SB&F Book Club Guides for middle grade students. These guides are great resources to help students explore the concepts in each book and get them talking them. Also, we’ll be announcing the SB&F Prize finalists in October...      Read more...
    Published 23 Aug 2010 10:02 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • This month’s issue of SB&F is devoted to biographies of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for all age groups. The issue contains an essay by Mike Venezia, author of the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists series (Scholastic) about writing biographies for children and also a list of SB&F recommended biographies for both children and adults. The web has many great interactive features profiling the men and women of science, past and present. We’ve uncovered some of the best online resources devoted to the lives of scientists and highlighted them below. The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers      Read more...
    Published 2 Aug 2010 8:00 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • One of the world’s best know naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, is the author of more than 20 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and Naturalist . Most recently Wilson has penned a novel entitled Anthill . His first foray in to nonfiction seems to be a grand success. Receiving starred reviews from both Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly , along with positive remarks from The New York Times , Chicago Tribune , The Economist and several highly regarded authors, the book is “the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.” The book does an exceptional job of weaving real life science in to the story...      Read more...
    Published 20 Jul 2010 8:26 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Congratulations to Rebecca Goldberg, youth services librarian at the Fletcher Free Library in Burling, VT. Rebecca is the winner of our drawing for an Apple iPad which SB&F held at the America Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC last week. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to register! For all our new registered users please check out all the free resources available to you on SB&F Online: SB&F Book Club Guides : SB&F now offers book club guides for some of our most engaging popular science books. We hope that these guides can serve as a tool and encourage book clubs all over the nation to choose a science book to read and discuss in their club...      Read more...
    Published 6 Jul 2010 2:57 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Are you planning on attending the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (starting today and running through Tuesday, June 29)? If so, please stop by the SB&F booth (#4214) to say “Hello!”. It is always a pleasure to meet our subscribers face-to-face and we’d love to hear what you think about the new SB&F Online. Or if you are not a subscriber the conference is a good place to become one! We are offering discounted subscription rates and a free gift (a set of SB&F Prize winning science books and a handy canvas carrying bag) with every new subscription. Plus enter to win a FREE Apple iPad at the booth! Swipe your card at our booth and register...      Read more...
    Published 24 Jun 2010 8:29 AM by Heather Malcomson
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