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 particularly fun. After glancing through the books I realized they were from a new children’s science book publisher, EarlyLight Books. I am always excited to see books from new publishers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Houghton Mifflin, Henry Holt, Simon & Schuster, and all the other major publishers of great science books for kids, but it’s nice to see some new faces in the game, especially when their books are as bright, cheery, and inviting as the fall titles from EarlyLight. Although I knew from the start that the books had something to offer, sending them out for review by one of our expert SB&F reviewers was a must before making an official SB&F endorsement. So, off the books went to reviewers specializing in entomology, zoology, and animal behavior. I was happy to see my instincts were right when the first book review came back with a two star rating (Highly Recommended)! Shortly afterward the three remaining reviews came back, another two stars for one book, while the other two books were rated with one star (Recommended). All and all a great start for EarlyLight Books!
All four books are scheduled to be reviewed in the October issue of SB&F.
Animal Baths: Wild and Wonderful Ways Animals Get Clean! by Beth Fielding
Animals Colors: A Rainbow of Colors from Animals Around the World by Beth Fielding
Animal Tongues by Dawn Cusick
Bug Butts by Dawn Cusick
27 Aug 2009 1:29 PM