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Announcing the SB&F Prize finalists!
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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 Science Picture Book 

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm. Blue Sky Press, 2009.  

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. Brian Floca. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. 

Redwoods. Jason Chin. Roaring Brook Press, 2009. 

What Bluebirds Do? Pamela F. Kirby. Boyds Mills Press, 2009. 

Middle Grades Science Book 

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. James M. Deem. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet. Alexandra Siy. Charlesbridge, 2009. 

The Frog Scientist. Pamela S. Turner. Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  

Mission Control, this is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon.. Andrew Chaikin. Viking, 2009.

Young Adult Science Book 

Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Seth  Shostak, with a foreword by Frank Drake. National Geographic Society, 2008. 

Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes. Idah Ben-Barak. Basic Books, 2009.

The Survivor's Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life. Ben Sherwood. Grand Central, 2009. 

Why Sh*t Happens: The Science of a Really Bad Day. Peter J. Bentley. Rodale Press, 2009. 

Hands-On Science Book

The SB&F Prize judges and editors of SB&F have chosen not to award a prize in the hands-on category. We feel there are not any hands-on science books this year that live up to the high standards of the SB&F Prize. 

In lieu of honoring a single book, a lifetime achievement award will be given to a hands-on science book author for their significant and lasting contribution to children's and a young adult science books. There are many great authors out there who, over the years, have written wonderful, quality hands-on science books. It is our hope that by honoring one of these authors we can continue to bring attention to the importance of hands-on science books.

The recipient of the award will be announced in early January.

All of the winners will be announced the first week of January. Winners will be honored at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on February 12 &13, 2010. Winners receive a $1500 cash prize and a plaque. 

Posted 14 Oct 2009 2:13 PM by Heather Malcomson