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April 2010 - Editor's Blog

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!


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  • Contextual teaching and learning helps students relate subject matter content to real world situations. It motivates students to make connections between knowledge and its applications to their lives. Contextual teaching experiences can include such things as interdisciplinary activities across content areas and problem-based learning activities. A recent study published in the International Reading Association’s Reading Research Quarterly also suggests that contextual teaching can help improve a foundational element of reading comprehension—vocabulary. The April 23 issue of Science (Vol. 328. no. 5977, p. 406) summarized the new research: Can integrated approaches to literacy instruction...      Read more...
    Published 30 Apr 2010 3:00 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • 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
  • One of my very favorite children’s science book authors has re-launched a kid-friendly, fun, colorful, smart new website. After poking around the site this week, I thought it was definitely worth mentioning to our readers. Seymour Simon is a recipient of the SB&F Prize Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to children’s science literature. Seymour’s interest in science and passion for bringing science to kids shines through on his new website, www.SeymourSimon.com . The new site is easily navigable by children and is full of noteworthy features for children, parents and teachers. For children there are science jokes and riddles, an online science dictionary...      Read more...
    Published 20 Apr 2010 1:34 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • The April issue of SB&F is now available to subscribers. Please visit the current issue section to read the issue online or to download and print the issue. In this issue you’ll find a feature article on the children’s science series Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out. Learn about the history of this renowned series from current editor Phoebe Yeh. Several of the book’s celebrated authors and illustrators, such as Aliki, Wendy Pfeffer, and Anne Rockwell, talk about their experience writing and illustrating the series too. The April issue also includes over 50 new science books reviews. A few of my favorites reviewed this month are the latest installment in the Scientists in the...      Read more...
    Published 13 Apr 2010 7:58 AM by Heather Malcomson