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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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  • Spotlight on Science Writers: A New Blog Series

    Last month, as part of the Subaru Loves Learning initiative, Science NetLinks launched a new blog series called Spotlight on Science Writers . To launch the series, we have begun with some of the authors whose books are being featured in the Subaru Loves Learning August Book Drive that was conducted by Subaru retailers in the Northeast region of the United States. Over 16,000 books that were winners or finalists in for the SB&F Prize will be donated to schools this month as part of this very successful program. We wanted to highlight some of the authors that were selected for this program in the blog series by having them share their thoughts with readers about why they wrote the books and...      Read more...
  • 10 Terrific Science Books for Middle School-Aged Kids

    This is the second in a series of blog posts in which I will share my recommendations for holiday gifts for readers of all ages. This list features books that are suitable for students in grade 5 through 8. This year's SB&F Prize finalists are on the list, as are some of my personal favorites from among the books we reviewed this year. I limited my selection in each category to 10 picks. To see more choices, please visit our Amazon astore. See also, my earlier post to find picture books for younger readers. Temple Grandin : How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery. (Although she was diagnosed with autism, and her doctor recommended hospitalization...      Read more...
    Published 17 Dec 2012 3:34 PM by Maria Sosa
  • 10 Wonderful Children’s Science Picture Books for Your Holiday Shopping List

    This is the first of a series of blog posts in which I will share my recommendations for holiday gifts for readers of all ages, beginning with children's science picture books. This year's SB&F Prize finalists are on the list, as are some of my personal favorites from among the books we reviewed this year. I limited my selection in each category to 10 picks. To see more choices, please visit our Amazon astore. 1. Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. (A young girl shares her observations about the mallards near her house in an engaging, informative full color story sure to make a splash with duck lovers.) 2. The Beetle Book , written and illustrated by Steve...      Read more...
  • New interviews posted to AAAS Book Talks

    Have you stopped by AAAS Book Talks on SB&F Online lately? If not, now is a great time to check out this feature. We’ve just added three new interviews with the 2011 SB&F Prize winning authors and illustrators. You can listen to interviews with the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus series, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen . Their most recent installment of the series, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge was our Children’s Science Picture Book winner this year. Hear straight from these two iconic authors about how they work together, where to find secret drawings in the books by Joanna, and what’s next for this dynamic duo. We also interviewed Loree...      Read more...
    Published 27 Jun 2011 9:53 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Kids' Choice Award

    This year we expanded the SB&F Prize program locally by envolving DC are children in the Subaru Loves Science! Kids' Choice Award. Five area schools particpated in the program. Over 500 K-8 students read the four finalist books in both the Children's and Middle Grades categories of the SB&F Prize. The students discussed the books in class and completed voting ballets. Over 2,000 books total were read! Participating students received a hat and certificate. And the winners are..... Children's Science Picture Book: Bones by Steve Jenkins. (Scholastic, 2010) Middle Grades Science Book: The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Susan Jermain. (Houghton...      Read more...
    Published 15 Feb 2011 2:20 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • SB&F Prize winning author honored by NAS

    We would like to congratulate Dr. Sallie (Penny) Chisholm on receiving the Alexander Agassiz Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for her “original contribution in the science of oceanography.” The NAS honored Penny at an awards ceremony on April 25 in conjunction with their annual meeting for her “pioneering studies of the dominant photosynthetic organisms in the sea and for integrating her results into a new understanding of the global ocean.” Along with being a preeminent oceanographer, Penny is also the co-author of this year’s SB&F Prize winning children’s book, Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life . If you have not seen this...      Read more...
    Published 26 Apr 2010 10:35 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • New books from Jean Craighead George

    As far as I am concerned Jean Craighead George is a national treasure! She has inspired a love of the natural world in thousands of children over the years with her beautiful stories. Probably best known for her books My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves , Jean has written over 100 books on about the environment and its inhabitants. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Jean at the AAAS Annual Meeting where she received the SB&F Prize Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished and lasting contributions to children’s science literature. She was so lovely in person and her passion and enthusiasm for writing about nature was palpable. Although she may move a little slower...      Read more...
    Published 2 Mar 2010 2:01 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Attention San Diego Area Readers!

    Please join us in honoring the SB&F Prize winners ! A celebration with authors, Robert Gardner, Molly Bang, Pamela S. Turner, Andy Comins, and Idan Ben-Barak. Here's the details: What: 2010 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Awards Ceremony & Cocktail Reception When: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 5:00pm – 6:30pm Where: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Del Mar Room, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego Why: Because great science books deserve to be celebrated! The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes are meant to encourage the writing...      Read more...
    Published 29 Jan 2010 1:55 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Announcing the SB&F Prize winners!

    This is my favorite time of the year to be the editor of SB&F! It’s this time of year that I get to call publishers to let them know that one of their books have been chosen as winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Sure, calling publishers is fun, they are always very excited to hear that their books are going to be honored by AAAS. But even more rewarding is talking to the authors, illustrators and photographers of these winning books. After reading through hundreds of science books each year, I relish the opportunity to hear the voice behind the book and share in their excitement. Every book that has been honored with the SB&F Prize shares at...      Read more...
    Published 7 Jan 2010 1:33 PM 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...
  • Announcing the SB&F Prize finalists!

    After pouring over hundreds of science books for children and young adults the judging panel have chosen 13 books as the 2010 SB&F Prize finalists. This is always an exciting time for me. Throughout the year as books come through my office I often wonder “will this book be a finalist this year?” I always have my favorites. Many times they are on the list and many times our judging committee surprises me with a book I didn’t notice the first time around. It’s always fun to revisit those books and discover what about the book made it so special to the judges. I have never been disappointed. Drum roll, please! The 2010 SB&F Prize finalists are….. Children’s...      Read more...
    Published 14 Oct 2009 2:13 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Recommendations of 65 award-winning science books are one click away!

    If you are stopping by this blog or SB&F Online for the first time looking for recommendations of great science books a good place to start are the SB&F Prize pages. Each year the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books honors outstanding science books for children and young adults. The goal of the prizes is to encourage the reading, writing, and publishing of engaging, accurate science books for all ages. A selection committee made up of librarians and scientists combs through hundreds of science books each year and chooses the top books (based on these criteria ) as SB&F Prize finalists. From this list of finalists one winner is chosen in each of these four categories...      Read more...
    Published 18 Sep 2009 12:25 PM by Heather Malcomson