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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!


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  • Each January for more than 20 years SB&F has compiled our Best Books for Children and Young Adults list. The Best Books list is a comprehensive list of the best science books of the year as determined by our expert reviewers and editors of SB&F. The list is filled with accurate, appealing books that engage the reader by providing a narrative structure in which the story of science unfolds. The list contains around 100 books and DVD recommendations, broken down in to three categories: books for young adults, books for children, and DVDs. Our readers have come to rely on this list as they assess their science collections and make purchasing decisions for the upcoming year. Be sure to check...      Read more...
    Published 19 Nov 2009 9:03 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • The November issue is now available online for SB&F subscribers and AAAS members. The issue features the 2010 SB&F Prize finalists , along with a list of recommended resources on infectious diseases and vaccines . Plus SB&F reviews are available for more than 50 new science books for children, young adults, and adults. Some of my favorite books reviewed in this issue include: for children, Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Bea gle (Peachtree, 2009) and Organs! How They Work, Fall Apart, and Can Be Replaced (Gasp!) (Greenwillow Books, 2009); for young adults, How Weird Is It? A Freaky Book All About Strangeness (Scholastic, 2009) and Out of This World: The Amazing Search for...      Read more...
  • Flu season is upon us and with the addition of the H1N1 flu strain this year everyone is on high alert. There is certainly no shortage of advice and information out there on staying healthy. From bloggers, to newscasters, to neighbors, everyone has an opinion. SB&F would like to help arm our readers with solid, reliable information, not only on communicable diseases, like the flu, but also on the origins of Germ Theory (the theory proposing that microorganisms are the cause of many diseases; now the cornerstone of modern medicine) and the history of vaccination. Empower yourself, your patrons, and your students with information to help everyone form educated opinions. Below you will find...      Read more...
    Published 22 Oct 2009 1:10 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • After pouring over hundreds of science books for children and young adults the judging panel have chosen 13 books as the 2010 SB&F Prize finalists. This is always an exciting time for me. Throughout the year as books come through my office I often wonder “will this book be a finalist this year?” I always have my favorites. Many times they are on the list and many times our judging committee surprises me with a book I didn’t notice the first time around. It’s always fun to revisit those books and discover what about the book made it so special to the judges. I have never been disappointed. Drum roll, please! The 2010 SB&F Prize finalists are….. Children’s...      Read more...
    Published 14 Oct 2009 2:13 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • If you are stopping by this blog or SB&F Online for the first time looking for recommendations of great science books a good place to start are the SB&F Prize pages. Each year the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books honors outstanding science books for children and young adults. The goal of the prizes is to encourage the reading, writing, and publishing of engaging, accurate science books for all ages. A selection committee made up of librarians and scientists combs through hundreds of science books each year and chooses the top books (based on these criteria ) as SB&F Prize finalists. From this list of finalists one winner is chosen in each of these four categories...      Read more...
    Published 18 Sep 2009 12:25 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • A wonderful book entitled Dinosaur Eggs Discover! Unscrambling the Clues (Twenty-First Century Books, 2007) won the 2008 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. This excellent book by three vertebrate paleontologists starts with an amazing find—a field of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Argentina. Dr. Lowell Dingus, Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, and Dr. Rodolfo Coria led the expedition that discovered the dinosaur nesting ground. Dr. Dingus, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, was the head geologist on the team. In the book the authors proceed to explain how they were able to answer fundamental questions about their discovery...      Read more...
    Published 10 Sep 2009 2:01 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • SB&F’s new online format offers us more flexibility in providing content to our subscribers. While in print, SB&F was published bimonthly. Six issues a year allowed us to keep printing and postage costs down. Now that SB&F is an online journal we are going to be posting a new issue online each month. So, instead of waiting every two months to read new reviews subscribers will be able to access the new online issue each month. (Don’t forget to check the Reviews section weekly for new reviews too!) Our very first monthly issue, the September issue , is online now and available to our subscribers. Visit the Current Issue section to view and download the issue. The September...      Read more...
    Published 4 Sep 2009 1:04 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • As the editor of a science book review journal, I receive lots and lots of boxes of books each week. Making a path to my desk after being away from the office is a regular occurrence. They pile up quickly! But opening these boxes and leafing through new science books is actually one of my favorite parts of being the editor of SB&F. So many jobs do not have these tangible objects to pick up, sort, stack, and feel. After a day of sending emails, writing articles, and editing reviews, reading through a 32 page book for kids entitled Bug Butts can actually be therapeutic. This brings me to the point of this post. Recently while unpacking boxes of books I came across four new titles that looked...      Read more...
    Published 27 Aug 2009 1:29 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • By now I hope you’ve had a chance to read our feature article in the July/August issue of SB&F entitled, " Are You Green Yet? Resources to Inspire Eco-Friendly Living ." (This article is available to subscribers only.) In the article we recommend resources with tips to help children and adults reduce their carbon footprint. Along with eco-friendly advice, the books also include information to help readers increase their knowledge and understanding of hot topic environment issues. As is usually the case, as soon as we put the list of resources together for the article another interesting title shows up on my desk that deserves to be mentioned. The new book from Island Press...      Read more...
    Published 21 Aug 2009 2:08 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • The SB&F team has been working very hard over the past several months to create a new online presence for the journal. Long before this new site began being developed, the editors and staff of SB&F were envisioning an online home for SB&F that would allow our subscribers instant, easy access to reliable reviews and a more personalized experience with the journal. With the launch of the new site today, our vision has become a reality! We really hope you enjoy the new format and features of the site. One thing will certainly remain that same as we move forward and get comfortable with our new online home: our commitment to providing quality science material reviews to our subscribers...      Read more...
    Published 28 Jul 2009 6:57 AM by Heather Malcomson
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