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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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  • Snowbound? 5 Books Under 5 Dollars Kids Can Read Right Now On Kindle

    Has the blizzard of 2016 stranded you at home with young children? Hopefully you remembered to stock up on library books along with your milk and bread. If you didn't, don't despair. Here are five inexpensive kid's books that can turn a blizzard into a fun and engaging learning experience, all under five dollars! Start reading them now on Amazon Kindle by clicking on the book cover! The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading), by Natalie Stanford. (Illus. by Donald Cook). Random House: September, 2014. It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog...      Read more...
  • 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...
  • SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books: Nominations

    Nominations open through September 5, 2014 . Submission Guidelines Introduction The SB&F Prizes aim to encourage the reading, writing and publishing of quality science books. The Prizes began in 2005 by looking back on 40 years of outstanding science books and honoring six authors for their distinguished and lasting contribution to science literature. Beginning in 2006 and beyond, the Prizes honor recently published, individual books. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Children's Science Picture Book (prize to author and illustrator) Middle Grades Science Book (prize to author) Young Adult Science Book (prize to author) Hands-On Science Book (prize to author) A judging...      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...
  • Ruckus Adds Best Selling Titles to Its Reading Apps

    Ruckus Media Group , an independent family digital entertainment company, today announced multiple new e-book partnerships for digital distribution including bestselling titles from trusted children’s book publishers Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Charlesbridge Publishing, and All About Kids. Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Launched in September 2010, Ruckus delights children with interactive storybooks from the most popular names in entertainment (ex. Hasbro, Crayola, Dino Dan, SeaWorld) as well as best-selling classics (ex. Curious George, The Polar...      Read more...
  • Amazon Acquires Marshall Cavendish Children's Titles

    As reported by Publisher’s Weekly , Amazon has acquired over 450 children's titles originally published by Marshall Cavendish . An Amazon rep told Publisher’s Weekly that, for now, the children's titles will be published by Amazon bearing the Marshall Cavendish name and that the children's unit will be part of the Amazon Publishing team overseen by Larry Kirshbaum in New York. The deal is not expected to be completed for several month and until it is finalized orders should continue to be made through existing MCCB sales teams. I can’t find any information at the moment about what this means for the future of ebooks for children, but it does spark my curiosity. Many...      Read more...
    Published 7 Dec 2011 11:54 AM by Maria Sosa
  • 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
  • Resources on Earthquakes & Tsunamis

    The massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has caused much devastation to this island nation. News and footage of the earthquake and its resulting damage can be seen all over 24 hour news programs and the Internet. Mobile phones capture photos and video and instantly make them available to the world. These images seen by children and young adults are sure to ignite many questions about the causes of these violent nature disasters. Create a teaching moment by offering up books and reliable web sites to answer their questions. Here are a few recommended resources for children and young adults on earthquakes and tsunamis: How Stuff Works: Eathquakes USGS...      Read more...
    Published 15 Mar 2011 12:26 PM 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
  • Review Spotlight: Ubiquitous

    Ubiquitous (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) is a delightful book of poetry for young readers. More than a poetry book, Ubiquitous weaves sound science through out its pages. Our long time reviewer and member of the SB&F Prize committee, Dr. Edward Saiff, recently reviewed the book. See his full review below. Be sure to check out our suggested reading list of other science and poetry books. (Free registration required to view these resources. Please create a free account here .) SB&F review of Ubiquitous : Poetry and science aren’t often found in the same children’s book, but Ubiquitous serves both areas well. The book celebrates several species that are thriving on earth today with...      Read more...
    Published 14 Sep 2010 2:35 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Author Spotlight: Steve Jenkins

    Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins is a favorite of mine. He has written and illustrated over 20 science books for young audiences, including the SB&F Prize winner, Sisters & Brothers , a delightful look at sibling relationships in the animal world. His books are appealing to children of all ages. In fact I read the board book version of Move! to my two and a half year old and she loves it! His most recent book is Bones . This book is an artistic, but accurate view of the bones of the human body. The text is simple, yet engaging. And, as usual, the illustrations are captivating. Mr. Jenkins not only researches and writes his books, he is also an accomplished artist. He uses paper collage...      Read more...
    Published 7 Sep 2010 10:41 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • 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
  • Celebrate Children’s Book Week with science books

    Celebrated since 1919, Children’s Book Week is a week long event meant to encourage and foster a love of reading in young children. The week is marked with celebrations, special events, and activities at libraries, schools and bookstores for children that are designed to encourage a love of books. Children’s Book Week is administered by the Children’s Book Council . The Book Council has created a special website devoted to Children's Book Week . Here you will find bookmarks you can download and a variety of activities for kids and teens, plus tips and resources for teachers, librarians, publishers and booksellers. We’d like to recommend celebrating Children’s...      Read more...
    Published 11 May 2010 10:43 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • 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