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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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  • Children's Books to Celebrate Spring

    It's been a pretty rough season so far; you know it's bad when it snows the first day of spring! As I write this post there are floods in the Midwest, and several days ago it snowed across large parts of the country, including Colorado, New York, and Michigan. Nevertheless, I'm going trust that we will eventually see signs of more inviting weather that will entice us to head outdoors and explore the season. And in that spirit I offer up this bibliography published in the April 2015 issue of SB&F in which we share 28 books with a spring theme that can be used to engage children with the science of the season. Included are seven fiction selections that can be paired with the nonfiction...      Read more...
    Published 10 Apr 2015 11:48 AM by Maria Sosa
  • Climate Change and Fall Plantings

    If you were thinking about planting a tree this Fall using the revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map , here's some important news for you: warming temperatures may have already made it obsolete! The Zone Map predicts which trees and perennials can survive the winter in a given region, and it hadn't been revised since 1990. As expected, temperature boundaries shown in the revised version released earlier this year have shifted northward. However, according to an analysis conducted by Dr. Nir Krakauer, the true zones have moved even farther north. Krakauer, assistant professor of civil engineering in The City College of New, developed a new method to map cold-weather zones in the United...      Read more...
    Published 14 Sep 2012 3:52 PM by Maria Sosa