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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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  • Summer is winding down, but SB&F has lots to offer for the school year

    I saw a school bus on my way to work this morning, a reminder that summer is just about over. I am sure many of you are in the midst of getting your libraries and classrooms ready for students, if not already welcoming them through your doors. Be sure to check back often with SB&F Online throughout the year for interesting and valuable science book related activities for your students. We have some exciting things coming up! In fact, I’ve just posted 3 new SB&F Book Club Guides for middle grade students. These guides are great resources to help students explore the concepts in each book and get them talking them. Also, we’ll be announcing the SB&F Prize finalists in October...      Read more...
    Published 23 Aug 2010 10:02 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • The lives of scientists, current issue and web resources

    This month’s issue of SB&F is devoted to biographies of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for all age groups. The issue contains an essay by Mike Venezia, author of the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists series (Scholastic) about writing biographies for children and also a list of SB&F recommended biographies for both children and adults. The web has many great interactive features profiling the men and women of science, past and present. We’ve uncovered some of the best online resources devoted to the lives of scientists and highlighted them below. The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/secretlife...      Read more...
    Published 2 Aug 2010 8:00 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • And the winner is...

    Congratulations to Rebecca Goldberg, youth services librarian at the Fletcher Free Library in Burling, VT. Rebecca is the winner of our drawing for an Apple iPad which SB&F held at the America Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC last week. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to register! For all our new registered users please check out all the free resources available to you on SB&F Online: SB&F Book Club Guides : SB&F now offers book club guides for some of our most engaging popular science books. We hope that these guides can serve as a tool and encourage book clubs all over the nation to choose a science book to read and discuss in their club...      Read more...
    Published 6 Jul 2010 2:57 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • 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
  • 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
  • April is National Poetry Month

    Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. The month long celebration presents a great opportunity for us to feature a list of SB&F recommended books for children that integrate poetry and science. Here’s a look at a couple the poems you’ll find in the books featured on our list. Giant Sequoias from Poetrees by Douglas Florian Ancient seers Of three thousand years. Heavenly high. Friends to the sky. Spongy thick bark. Large as an ark. Gargantuan girth. Anchored in earth. Growing by degrees To world's tallest trees. Never destroy a Giant sequoia. Listen for Me from Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pong Poems by Joyce...      Read more...
    Published 26 Mar 2010 1:49 PM 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
  • Welcome to the new SB&F Online!

    The SB&F team has been working very hard over the past several months to create a new online presence for the journal. Long before this new site began being developed, the editors and staff of SB&F were envisioning an online home for SB&F that would allow our subscribers instant, easy access to reliable reviews and a more personalized experience with the journal. With the launch of the new site today, our vision has become a reality! We really hope you enjoy the new format and features of the site. One thing will certainly remain that same as we move forward and get comfortable with our new online home: our commitment to providing quality science material reviews to our subscribers...      Read more...
    Published 28 Jul 2009 6:57 AM by Heather Malcomson
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