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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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  • One of the best parts of my job is that I am actually required to search for engaging and effective online resources to share with the public. Earthguide and Earthguide Online Classroom are my latest finds. These related sites are dedicated to providing online materials for K-14 students, teachers, and the public with the goal of enhancing lifelong learning and encouraging positive action related to the management of the Earth, its living and natural resources, and society. Earthguide offers a diverse range of resources that include image libraries, maps, videos, recent news, and more specialized information that should appeal to advanced students and researchers. The resources in Earthguide...      Read more...
    Published 1 Feb 2012 11:37 AM by Maria Sosa
  • Brain Pickings , Maria Popova's clever and captivating blog, shares a story called Alan Turing's Reading List: What the Computing Pioneer Borrowed From His School Library . Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer science pioneer who created the Turing machine, which was instrumental in the development of modern computer science. It seems that a list of the books that Turing checked out during his years at Sherborne School in England was discovered recently. Popova notes that "the selection features some wonderful wildcards that bespeak the cross-disciplinary curiosity fundamental to true innovation," and goes on to highlight 5 of her favorites on the list. These...      Read more...
  • The highly anticipated Frozen Planet debuts this weekend on Discovery Channel. Narrated by actor Alec Baldwin, the seven-part series will premiere on Sunday, March 18 from 8-10PM ET/PT, and on subsequent Sundays through April 15. A Discovery Channel/BBC co-production four years in the making, Frozen Planet will provide the ultimate portrait of our earth's polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the planet. Ambitious and epic in scale, Frozen Planet will reveal an astonishing world filled with more creatures, variety, color and spectacle than ever imagined - including the birth of an iceberg bigger than the...      Read more...
    Published 15 Mar 2012 1:47 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Library Science , an exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Senior Curator at Exit Art, New York is currently at ArtSpace in New Haven, Connecticut. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems via paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, web-based projects, coupled with the Library Science Film Festival of films with library-connected themes or characters taking place around the state. Among the films screened were the following: Biblioburro: The Donkey Library, a 2008 documentary about Luis Soriano, a Colombian teacher who brings a circulating...      Read more...
    Published 24 Jan 2012 4:38 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Ruckus Media Group , an independent family digital entertainment company, today announced multiple new e-book partnerships for digital distribution including bestselling titles from trusted children’s book publishers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Charlesbridge Publishing, and All About Kids. Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Launched in September 2010, Ruckus delights children with interactive storybooks from the most popular names in entertainment (ex. Hasbro, Crayola, Dino Dan, SeaWorld) as well as best-selling classics (ex. Curious George, The Polar...      Read more...
  • This is the second in a series of blog posts in which I will share my recommendations for holiday gifts for readers of all ages. This list features books that are suitable for students in grade 5 through 8. This year's SB&F Prize finalists are on the list, as are some of my personal favorites from among the books we reviewed this year. I limited my selection in each category to 10 picks. To see more choices, please visit our Amazon astore. See also, my earlier post to find picture books for younger readers. Temple Grandin : How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery. (Although she was diagnosed with autism, and her doctor recommended hospitalization...      Read more...
    Published 17 Dec 2012 3:34 PM by Maria Sosa
  • 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! http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/ 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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  • The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes, meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups, are awarded in four categories: Children’s Science Picture Books, Middle Grades Science Books, Young Adult Science Book and Hands-on Science/Activity Book. Previously, we announced the finalists in the Young Adult Category . We are pleased now to announce the Finalists for the 2015 Prizes in the Children's Science Picture Books, Middle Grades Science Books, and Hands-on Science Books categories. One book will be chosen as the winner...      Read more...
    Published 21 Oct 2014 3:50 PM by Maria Sosa
  • 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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  • Guest Blogger: Neela White, Outreach and Awards Editor, SB&F One of the great parts of my job is having the opportunity to interact with the community, more specifically, working with schools and students to coordinate the generous donations of books on behalf of our partnership with Subaru of America, and the Subaru Loves Science! Initiative. Our AAAS headquarters, based out of Washington, DC has provided book donations to area schools, but for a second consecutive year our efforts have expanded out of the DC area into Indianapolis, IN with support from the Indiana Academy of Science. In 2012, Subaru Loves Science! provided a donation of science education books to Murdock Elementary School...      Read more...
  • KidsHealth.org, and FlickerLab Animation Studios have relaunched How the Body Works , a popular series of free, online movies for kids. The eight new How the Body Works movies are HDTV-quality animated programs targeting school-age children that explain complicated body parts in an entertaining and engaging way. Featuring the animated characters Chloe & the Nurb, the 5-minute movies reinforce educational points through humor, song, and repetition. The eight new movies, in both English and Spanish, cover the following topics: Ears , Eyes , Nose , Tongue , Teeth , Skin , Nails , and Hair . The new movies are the centerpieces of a suite of content that includes quizzes and printable activities...      Read more...
    Published 30 Sep 2013 3:30 PM by Maria Sosa
  • This is the first of a series of blog posts in which I will share my recommendations for holiday gifts for readers of all ages, beginning with children's science picture books. This year's SB&F Prize finalists are on the list, as are some of my personal favorites from among the books we reviewed this year. I limited my selection in each category to 10 picks. To see more choices, please visit our Amazon astore. 1. Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. (A young girl shares her observations about the mallards near her house in an engaging, informative full color story sure to make a splash with duck lovers.) 2. The Beetle Book , written and illustrated by Steve...      Read more...
  • The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes, meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups, are awarded in four categories: Children’s Science Picture Books, Middle Grades Nonfiction Science Books, Young Adult Science Book and Hands-on Science/Activity Book . We are pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2015 Prize in the Young Adult category. The books are appraised according to the following criteria:. The book has the ability to engage young adult readers in science. The book encourages the discussion and understanding...      Read more...
  • Many organizations throughout the world are observing World Forest Day today. For example, RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests is hosting several events in celebration of World Forest Day on March 21, and through the end of March. Forests are vital part of life on Earth, serving many functions that range from maintaining biodiversity to providing basic human needs. The world's forests also store enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, which helps mitigate climate change. Forests and trees have also been the subject of several of our SB&F prize winners, such as A Seabird in the Forest and The Wild Trees . Unfortunately, as this story from the website of the U.S. Geological Service...      Read more...
  • This is the first in a series of posts that takes a closer look at the 2014 Finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize. Categories are very convenient, but they often have "permeable membranes" that make it hard to sort things into hard and fast groupings. Remember that when looking at the finalists for the 2014 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Things that Float and Things that Don't (Holiday House, 2013 ) , witten by David A. Adler and illustrated by Anne Raff, is a finalist in the Children's Science Picture Book category, but it could just as easily be a candidate for the Hands-on Science Book category. As an introduction to the concepts of density and buoyancy...      Read more...
    Published 12 Nov 2013 11:13 AM by Maria Sosa
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