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Sneak peek at SB&F’s 2009 Best Books list
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Each January for more than 20 years SB&F has compiled our Best Books for Children and Young Adults list. The Best Books list is a comprehensive list of the best science books of the year as determined by our expert reviewers and editors of SB&F. The list is filled with accurate, appealing books that engage the reader by providing a narrative structure in which the story of science unfolds. The list contains around 100 books and DVD recommendations, broken down in to three categories: books for young adults, books for children, and DVDs. Our readers have come to rely on this list as they assess their science collections and make purchasing decisions for the upcoming year. Be sure to check out the SB&F Best Books section of our website to read more about the list and to view lists from previous years.

Be sure to check out the SB&F Best Books section of our website to read more about the list and to view lists from previous years.

Stay tuned! The 2009 Best Books list arrives the first week of January 2010. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the books you’ll find on this year’s list.

Best Books for Young Adults

Finkelstein, Norman. Three Across: The Great Transatlantic Air Race of 1927. (Illus.) Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2008. 134pp. $17.95. 2007018345. ISBN 978159078462. Index; C.I.P.

Montgomery, Sy. Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia. (Photographs by Nic Bishop; from the Scientists in the Field Series.) Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 74pp. $18.00. 2008036762. ISBN 9780618916450. Index; C.I.P.

Rohmer, Harriet. Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet. (Illus. by Julie McLaughlin.) San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2009. 109pp. $16.99. 2009004366. ISBN 9780811867795. C.I.P.

Sandler, Martin W. Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering. (Illus.) Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2009. 96pp. $17.95. 2008039831. ISBN 9781426304620. Index; C.I.P.

Stone, Tanya Lee, with a foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. (Illus.) Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2009. ix+133pp. $24.99. 2008017487. ISBN 978-0-7636-3611-1. Index; C.I.P.

Best Book for Children

Ashby, Ruth. Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle. (Illus.) Atlanta, GA: Peachtree, 2009. 116pp. $12.95. 2008036747. ISBN 9781561454785. C.I.P.

Cusick, Dawn. Animal Tongues. (Illus.) Waynesville, NC: EarlyLight Books, 2009. 36pp. $14.95. ISBN 9780979745515. Glossary; Index; C.I.P.

Komiya, Teruyuki. Life-Sized Zoo. (Illus.) NY: Seven Footer Press, 2009. 48pp. $17.95. ISBN 9781934734209.

Parker, Nancy Winslow. Organs! How They Work, Fall Apart, and Can Be Replaced (Gasp!). (Illus.) NY: Greenwillow Book, 2009. 48pp. $17.99. 2008020718. ISBN 9780688151065. Index; C.I.P.

Wood, A.J., and Clint Twist. Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure. (Illus.) Cambridge, MA: Cnadlewick, 2009. 30pp. $19.99. 2009921214. ISBN 9780763645380. C.I.P.


Posted 19 Nov 2009 9:03 AM by Heather Malcomson