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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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  • Great Reading for Middle Grades

    Are you looking for middle grade books to support learning in the content areas, especially science? If so, the finalists and commended books identified for the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes deserve your consideration. Students in the middle grades are ready to delve into interesting topics in more depth. Presenting them with interesting and challenging nonfiction can make reading pleasurable and informative. The books on our list also provide great models of good writing which can help students become better writers. To select the finalists and ultimate winner in the middle grades category, the judges use these criteria: The book is appropriate for children in grades 5-8. The book contains...      Read more...
  • Brushing Up On Mars

    In case anyone out there doesn't already know, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launched by NASA on November 26, 2011, successfully landed the Curiosity rover on August 6, 2012. Curiosity's successful landing, and all of the excitement that surrounded it, has inspired me to immerse myself in all things Mars, including reading Kim Stanley Robinson's award-winning science fiction trilogy, which is included in the list of resources below. By no means definitive and certainly not complete, I've tried to include a little bit of something for everyone on this list of resources. If you are looking for easy access to all the latest space information as it happens, there's a NASA...      Read more...