The first day of spring is just a few days away. Having made it through the snowiest winter in Washington, DC since records have been kept, I am exceedingly happy to welcome spring this year. This year, spring starts Saturday, March 20, because that is when the vernal equinox occurs. Equinoxes mark the onset of spring and fall and solstices mark when summer and winter begin. Both are points in time and space that mark a transition in Earth’s annual trip around the sun. During equinoxes the sun is directly above the Equator, while during solstices the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined away or towards the sun. That’s just a little bit of the science of spring! A few other occurrences in nature come to mind with the changing of the season. Children especially like to get outdoors again when the weather turns nicer. Spring is great time of year to talk about life cycles, eggs, seed dispersal and other topics related to renewal and rebirth. Help children welcome the new season with our list of springtime books. Each book is filled with full-color photographs or beautiful illustrations, making them perfect for capturing the interest of children of all ages.
The February/March issue of SB&F has been posted online. Our apologies for the delay in getting this issue posted. The issue includes a feature article on this year’s SB&F Prize winners and over 50 new reviews of science books for children, young adults, and adults. Don’t forget you can also use the SB&F Online searchable database to locate book reviews by title, subject, author, age level and more. New reviews are added to the online database each week.
17 Mar 2010 10:24 AM