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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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  • Hurray for Picture Book Month

    Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Every day in November, the Picture Book Month features a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. What better time, then, to focus on the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalists in the Children's Science Picture Book category? The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize has very specific criteria for the award in this category. It is the only category in which the author and illustrator are both honored. To select the finalists and ultimate winner, the judges use these criteria: The book is appropriate for children in grades...      Read more...
    Published 11 Nov 2015 9:12 AM by Maria Sosa
  • Some Kindle Selections for National Readathon Day

    National Readathon Day ( NRD) is a nation-wide marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24 from Noon – 4pm (in respective time zones). Sponsored by The National Book Foundation, and Penguin Random House, NRD asks book lovers across America to pledge to read for four hours today starting at noon. To help you find a good STEM book to read, we've added a section to our online Amazon store that links to 9 great science books for your Kindle . The list includes Kevin Fong's Extreme Medicine , winner of the 2015 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize in the Young Adult Category. In addition to reading a great book, you can join in the National Reading Day celebration by tweeting a picture of...      Read more...
    Published 24 Jan 2015 11:58 AM by Maria Sosa
  • Macy's and Reading Is Fundamental Launch Be Book Smart Campaign to Support Children's Literacy

    Despite research that indicates the importance of summer reading in preventing children from losing literacy skills, only 17 percent of parents say reading is a top summer priority, according to a new survey from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy's. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll, also finds that children spend nearly three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading in the summer. More than 1,000 parents with children ages 5-11 completed the survey online in April. Results of the survey are made public as Macy's and RIF launch the 11 th annual Be Book Smart campaign to support children's literacy. Be Book Smart begins June 18, and invites...      Read more...
    Published 20 Jun 2014 6:56 AM by Maria Sosa
  • Common Core in the Science Classroom

    My colleague Bob Hirshon made this vlog (video blog) for the Verizon Thinkfinity Community about using the kinds of great science books we love here at SB&F to teach science. In it, Bob, AAAS Education Directorate head Shirley Malcom, and I talk science books and share our view that "informational" shouldn't mean boring. Along the way, we share some great literature that just happens to be about science.      Read more...
  • Thinkfinity Offers Free Webinar on Science Reading and the Common Core

    On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Verizon's Thinkfinity community will be offering a live webinar called Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts . The presenter will be Doug Buehl author of Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines , published by the International Reading Association (IRA). The live presentation will occur at 4:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT/2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm). Participants will discover why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. As students strive to meet new rigorous standards, teachers of science, mathematics, and technical subjects face an urgent...      Read more...
    Published 13 Nov 2012 3:20 PM by Maria Sosa
  • 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...
  • Students Read Their Way to a New Library

    Racine, Wis. Elementary Students Read Their Way to $100,000 School Library Makeover (via PR Newswire ) RACINE, Wis., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, students, teachers and friends of Wadewitz Elementary School are celebrating the grand opening of the Wadewitz Reads Dream Big Library -- their modernized library -- which students earned by securing first place in the Racine Reads: Dream Big! program…      Read more...
    Published 11 Oct 2012 2:03 PM by Maria Sosa