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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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  • 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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  • The Science of the Oil Spill brought to you by Science magazine

    For 44 days the government has been scrambling to clean up and abate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as the public stands by waiting, hoping for a solution. The numbers are bleak: 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day are pouring into the gulf. Assuming a rate of 19,000 barrels a day, about 35 million gallons of oil have been spilled to date (from the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group). Researchers now believe that the oil will reach not only the Gulf Coast beaches, but East Coast beaches as far north as Cape Hatteras, NC as well. News of the oil spill is abundant online, on TV, in newspapers. But if you are really interested in the science behind the spill check out Science...      Read more...
    Published 4 Jun 2010 7:14 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
  • Think Spring!

    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...      Read more...
    Published 17 Mar 2010 10:24 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