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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!

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclist the month long celebration bike riding include Bike to Work Week from May 16-20 and Bike to Work Day on May 20. Biking to work is a great way to help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, and a great way to add exercise to your daily routine. Check out the League of American Bicyclist web page for more information and ideas on celebrating Bike Month! And while on the subject of bikes…..why not learn about the science of bicycling with a few recommended books and a website from SB&F: Bicycle Science Projects: Physics on Wheels. Robert Gardner. (Illus.; from the Science Fair Success...      Read more...
    Published 12 May 2011 10:11 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Have you stopped by AAAS Book Talks on SB&F Online lately? If not, now is a great time to check out this feature. We’ve just added three new interviews with the 2011 SB&F Prize winning authors and illustrators. You can listen to interviews with the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus series, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen . Their most recent installment of the series, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge was our Children’s Science Picture Book winner this year. Hear straight from these two iconic authors about how they work together, where to find secret drawings in the books by Joanna, and what’s next for this dynamic duo. We also interviewed Loree...      Read more...
    Published 27 Jun 2011 9:53 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Once a month, Bob Hirshon, senior project director for media programs at AAAS, appears as the science expert on the kids’ radio program. Mindy Thomas hosts the segment, which is a part of the “Kid’s Place Live” channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Hirshon and Mindy talk about the latest scientific developments and answer kids’ science questions. Read more about it and watch a video of Bob live on air answering questions! The AAAS News site Eureka Alert has launched a new feature as part of its Science For Kids program. The site is now offering videos targeted at children between nine and 14 years old. The researchers receive a set of questions in advance from Jennifer...      Read more...
    Published 8 Jul 2011 2:16 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • In this month's issue we reviewed At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critters Poems . It contains 17 poems that follow introduce unusual marine animals, such as the snapping shrimp, coconut octopus, violet snail, and narwhal. The author, Leslie Bulion, utilizes a variety of poetic forms and discusses these in detail in the endnotes so that budding poets may be inspired to learn more. Coincidentally, this month Thinkfinity, the educationional website of The Verizon Foundation, posted a new feature called STEM Poetry . The page features three new videos from ReadWriteThink (a Thinkfinity partner site) that demonstrate how to use STEM poetry in the classroom. Included are links to other Thinkfinity...      Read more...
    Published 8 Sep 2011 3:08 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • So you just got a Kindle and you’re trying to figure out which books to get. Here are some great science books to read on your device. And remember, you don’t really need a Kindle to read these great e-books. You can download the Kindle software for your computer or phone and even share the books across devices. Clicking on the book titles will take you to where you can download the books for your Kindle. Of course, Amazon is not the only source for ebooks and in the future we will also give you recommendations for other devices and platforms. The books on this list are mostly recent publications, although I have included a few classics. (You may notice that there are a...      Read more...
    Published 5 Dec 2011 4:12 PM by Maria Sosa
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