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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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  • Science For Your Kindle

    So you just got a Kindle and you’re trying to figure out which books to get. Here are some great science books to read on your device. And remember, you don’t really need a Kindle to read these great e-books. You can download the Kindle software for your computer or phone and even share the books across devices. Clicking on the book titles will take you to Amazon.com where you can download the books for your Kindle. Of course, Amazon is not the only source for ebooks and in the future we will also give you recommendations for other devices and platforms. The books on this list are mostly recent publications, although I have included a few classics. (You may notice that there are a...      Read more...
    Published 5 Dec 2011 4:12 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Review Spotlight: Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas

    Spring is slowly appearing around the country. Even among the cold rain and sleet the cherry blossom trees here in Washington, DC managed to reach peak bloom this week. Today I'd like to highlight a creature whose sighting is a sure sign that spring has arrived: the hummingbird! SB&F recently reviewed a unique book on hummingbirds entitled Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas . The review will appear in our May issue, but here's a sneak peek! Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas by Jeannette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks. (Illus. by Adrienne Yorinks.) Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011. 64pp. $16.95. ISBN 9781580893329. This attractive book was a pleasure to...      Read more...
    Published 31 Mar 2011 12:51 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • E.O. Wilson’s "Anthill: A Novel"

    One of the world’s best know naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, is the author of more than 20 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and Naturalist . Most recently Wilson has penned a novel entitled Anthill . His first foray in to nonfiction seems to be a grand success. Receiving starred reviews from both Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly , along with positive remarks from The New York Times , Chicago Tribune , The Economist and several highly regarded authors, the book is “the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.” The book does an exceptional job of weaving real life science in to the story...      Read more...
    Published 20 Jul 2010 8:26 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Introducing SB&F Book Club Guides

    With the goal of encouraging book clubs everywhere to choose a nonfiction science book to read and discuss, SB&F has launched its first four book club suggestions with accompanying reading guides. Many popular science books written today have gripping narratives, stranger than fiction storylines, and interesting insights in to current scientific issues. These characteristics make for great discussions of the book. No need to have in-depth knowledge of the subject at hand. Popular science books are written for the general public and are meant to give a broad, but fascinating, look at the world around us. From tales of adventure and discovery around the world to the complexities of the human...      Read more...
    Published 17 Jun 2010 10:29 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Math and monsters, an innovative counting book for children of all ages

    As editor of SB&F I am always on the lookout for new, interesting and unique science books to share with our readers. I’d like to say that I am pretty successful at uncovering little known science books, having them reviewed, and publishing those reviews as quickly as possible. But once and awhile I miss one. Or nearly miss one, as is the case with a book that was recently brought to my attention (thanks to my friends at Science magazine’s Books et al column!). This gem of a little book is called You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters by Richard Evan Schwartz. The book was published in February of this year by the science and technology publishers...      Read more...
    Published 10 Jun 2010 6:51 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Henrietta Lacks book excites and inspires AAAS staff.....and Oprah!

    There has been a lot of buzz around the AAAS Education Programs department (where SB&F resides) regarding the new book about Henrietta Lack’s interesting and important life and legacy. ( The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot, Crown Publishing, 2010) So much interest in fact that our very own Dr. Shirley Malcom happily agreed to write a review of the book for SB&F. The enthusiasm of Dr. Malcom and others in our department for this book has inspired us to create SB&F Book Club guides for other important, engaging science books for general readers. We hope that these guides can serve as a tool and encourage book clubs all over the nation to choose a science...      Read more...
    Published 27 May 2010 11:09 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • April issue is now available

    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
  • Search the SB&F database to find exactly the right book

    The new SB&F Online launched in August, but one major component of the site was missing at launch: the SB&F searchable database of reviews. The staff of SB&F decided to launch with out the availability of the searchable database because we were still working out some kinks. Now, four months later, kinks gone, our searchable database is up and running and available to our users. This is really exciting to me! As the editor of SB&F I use the SB&F database everyday. I use it to search for books to create bibliographies, to find books to compliment online lessons for Science Netlinks, to locate reviews of classic books, to create reading lists for other programs here at AAAS,...      Read more...
    Published 15 Dec 2009 10:34 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • The November issue of SB&F is now online

    The November issue is now available online for SB&F subscribers and AAAS members. The issue features the 2010 SB&F Prize finalists , along with a list of recommended resources on infectious diseases and vaccines . Plus SB&F reviews are available for more than 50 new science books for children, young adults, and adults. Some of my favorite books reviewed in this issue include: for children, Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Bea gle (Peachtree, 2009) and Organs! How They Work, Fall Apart, and Can Be Replaced (Gasp!) (Greenwillow Books, 2009); for young adults, How Weird Is It? A Freaky Book All About Strangeness (Scholastic, 2009) and Out of This World: The Amazing Search for...      Read more...
  • Resources for the science and math teacher

    SB&F’s new online format offers us more flexibility in providing content to our subscribers. While in print, SB&F was published bimonthly. Six issues a year allowed us to keep printing and postage costs down. Now that SB&F is an online journal we are going to be posting a new issue online each month. So, instead of waiting every two months to read new reviews subscribers will be able to access the new online issue each month. (Don’t forget to check the Reviews section weekly for new reviews too!) Our very first monthly issue, the September issue , is online now and available to our subscribers. Visit the Current Issue section to view and download the issue. The September...      Read more...
    Published 4 Sep 2009 1:04 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • More recommended "green" resources

    By now I hope you’ve had a chance to read our feature article in the July/August issue of SB&F entitled, " Are You Green Yet? Resources to Inspire Eco-Friendly Living ." (This article is available to subscribers only.) In the article we recommend resources with tips to help children and adults reduce their carbon footprint. Along with eco-friendly advice, the books also include information to help readers increase their knowledge and understanding of hot topic environment issues. As is usually the case, as soon as we put the list of resources together for the article another interesting title shows up on my desk that deserves to be mentioned. The new book from Island Press...      Read more...
    Published 21 Aug 2009 2:08 PM by Heather Malcomson