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Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Every day in November, the Picture Book Month features a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. What better time, then, to focus on the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalists in the Children's Science Picture Book category?

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize has very specific criteria for the award in this category.  It is the only category in which the author and illustrator are both honored. To select the finalists and ultimate winner, the judges use these criteria:

  • The book is appropriate for children in grades K-4.
  • The book contains no serious errors or deficiencies in explanations of science content or processes.
  • Although written for young children, the book successfully examines important scientific concepts without perpetuating stereotypes or misconceptions.
  • The book has a clear purpose, is well organized, and the scientific concepts are accurately presented.
  • In accordance with Project 2061’s Science for All Americans, the book must support the development in young people of positive attitudes toward learning science, mathematics, and technology.
  • In accordance with Project 2061’s Nature of Science Benchmark, the book should stimulate curiosity, and engage students in taking an interest in their environment and the workings of nature.
  • When fitting, the books show that doing science engages men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
  • The illustrations engage the young reader and enhance the text.
  • The illustrations accurately depict the scientific concepts being examined.
  • The illustrations provide an alternate way for students to examine the concepts being discussed in the text.
  • The illustrations show boys and girls of different backgrounds involved in science.

So check out these picture books. Click on the ISBN number to see their pages on Amazon. If you purchase from that link, SB&F will receive a small referral fee to help us continue to review and recommend the best science books for all ages!


A Chicken Followed Me Home, by Robin Page. Beach Lane Books, 2015. 978-1481410281

Egg: Nature's Perfect Package, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 978-0547959092

High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs, by Lisa Kahn Schnell. (Illus. by Alan Marks.) Charlesbridge, 2015. 978-1580896047

Tree of Wonder, by Kate Messner. (Illus. by Simona Mulazzani.) Chronicle Books, 2015. 978-1452112480

When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration, by Sharon Katz Cooper. (Illus. by Tom Leonard.) Picture Book Windows, 2015. 978-1479561070

Commended Books

How to Spy on a Shark, by Lori Haskins Houran. (Illus. by Francisca Marquez.) Albert Whitman & Company, 2015. 978-0807534021

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, by Miranda Paul. (Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon.) Millbrook, 2015. 978-1467716086

Prices, Prices, Prices: Why They Go Up and  Down, by David A. Adler. (Illus. by Edward Miller.) Holiday House, 2015. 978-0823432936

Salamander Season, by Jennifer Keats Curtis and J. Adam Frederick. (Illus. by Shennen Bersani.) Arbordale, 2015. 978-1628555561

Spit and Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts, by Marilyn Grohoske Evans. (Illus. by Nicole Gsell.) Charlesbridge, 2015. 978-1580895880

Up and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner. (Illus. by Christopher Silas Neal.) Chronicle Books, 2015. 978-1452119366

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman. (Illus. by Rick Allen.) HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 978-0547906508

Posted 11 Nov 2015 9:12 AM by Maria Sosa