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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!

  • Celebrated since 1919, Children’s Book Week is a week long event meant to encourage and foster a love of reading in young children. The week is marked with celebrations, special events, and activities at libraries, schools and bookstores for children that are designed to encourage a love of books. Children’s Book Week is administered by the Children’s Book Council . The Book Council has created a special website devoted to Children's Book Week . Here you will find bookmarks you can download and a variety of activities for kids and teens, plus tips and resources for teachers, librarians, publishers and booksellers. We’d like to recommend celebrating Children’s...      Read more...
    Published 11 May 2010 10:43 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • As editor of SB&F I am always on the lookout for new, interesting and unique science books to share with our readers. I’d like to say that I am pretty successful at uncovering little known science books, having them reviewed, and publishing those reviews as quickly as possible. But once and awhile I miss one. Or nearly miss one, as is the case with a book that was recently brought to my attention (thanks to my friends at Science magazine’s Books et al column!). This gem of a little book is called You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters by Richard Evan Schwartz. The book was published in February of this year by the science and technology publishers...      Read more...
    Published 10 Jun 2010 6:51 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • This is my favorite time of the year to be the editor of SB&F! It’s this time of year that I get to call publishers to let them know that one of their books have been chosen as winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Sure, calling publishers is fun, they are always very excited to hear that their books are going to be honored by AAAS. But even more rewarding is talking to the authors, illustrators and photographers of these winning books. After reading through hundreds of science books each year, I relish the opportunity to hear the voice behind the book and share in their excitement. Every book that has been honored with the SB&F Prize shares at...      Read more...
    Published 7 Jan 2010 1:33 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Recently we told you about Cambridge University Library making Sir Issaac Newton's papers available online. Now, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has launched a new online resource containing a complete catalog of more than 80,000 documents in the University's Albert Einstein Archives. The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to Albert Einstein's scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era. It also enables access to the Einstein Archive Database, a comprehensive source of information on...      Read more...
    Published 22 Mar 2012 2:54 PM by Maria Sosa
  • 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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  • Please join us in honoring the SB&F Prize winners ! A celebration with authors, Robert Gardner, Molly Bang, Pamela S. Turner, Andy Comins, and Idan Ben-Barak. Here's the details: What: 2010 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception When: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 5:00pm – 6:30pm Where: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Del Mar Room, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego Why: Because great science books deserve to be celebrated! The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes are meant to encourage the writing...      Read more...
    Published 29 Jan 2010 1:55 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • The National Science Foundation is inviting people to participate in a live online chat on January 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST with two eminent scientists about cutting-edge research currently being conducted by the U.S. Antarctic Program in Antarctica--the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth. This chat will be hosted by ScienceNOW , the daily news site of the journal Science and will feature: Scott Borg, the director of the Division of Antarctic Sciences in NSF's Office of Polar Programs. Gretchen Hofmann, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who specializes in the ecological physiology of marine organisms, including polar organisms. This online chat will...      Read more...
  • 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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  • We would like to congratulate Dr. Sallie (Penny) Chisholm on receiving the Alexander Agassiz Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for her “original contribution in the science of oceanography.” The NAS honored Penny at an awards ceremony on April 25 in conjunction with their annual meeting for her “pioneering studies of the dominant photosynthetic organisms in the sea and for integrating her results into a new understanding of the global ocean.” Along with being a preeminent oceanographer, Penny is also the co-author of this year’s SB&F Prize winning children’s book, Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life . If you have not seen this...      Read more...
    Published 26 Apr 2010 10:35 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • 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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