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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sneak peek at SB&F’s 2009 Best Books list

    Each January for more than 20 years SB&F has compiled our Best Books for Children and Young Adults list. The Best Books list is a comprehensive list of the best science books of the year as determined by our expert reviewers and editors of SB&F. The list is filled with accurate, appealing books that engage the reader by providing a narrative structure in which the story of science unfolds. The list contains around 100 books and DVD recommendations, broken down in to three categories: books for young adults, books for children, and DVDs. Our readers have come to rely on this list as they assess their science collections and make purchasing decisions for the upcoming year. Be sure to check...      Read more...
    Published 19 Nov 2009 9:03 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...
  • 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
  • Look who’s talking! An interview with an award-winning science book author

    A wonderful book entitled Dinosaur Eggs Discover! Unscrambling the Clues (Twenty-First Century Books, 2007) won the 2008 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. This excellent book by three vertebrate paleontologists starts with an amazing find—a field of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Argentina. Dr. Lowell Dingus, Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, and Dr. Rodolfo Coria led the expedition that discovered the dinosaur nesting ground. Dr. Dingus, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, was the head geologist on the team. In the book the authors proceed to explain how they were able to answer fundamental questions about their discovery...      Read more...
    Published 10 Sep 2009 2:01 PM by Heather Malcomson
  • Small press shines with engaging new science titles for kids

    As the editor of a science book review journal, I receive lots and lots of boxes of books each week. Making a path to my desk after being away from the office is a regular occurrence. They pile up quickly! But opening these boxes and leafing through new science books is actually one of my favorite parts of being the editor of SB&F. So many jobs do not have these tangible objects to pick up, sort, stack, and feel. After a day of sending emails, writing articles, and editing reviews, reading through a 32 page book for kids entitled Bug Butts can actually be therapeutic. This brings me to the point of this post. Recently while unpacking boxes of books I came across four new titles that looked...      Read more...
    Published 27 Aug 2009 1:29 PM by Heather Malcomson