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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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  • Announcing the Finalists for the 2015 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize in the Young Adult Category

    The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes, meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups, are awarded in four categories: Children’s Science Picture Books, Middle Grades Nonfiction Science Books, Young Adult Science Book and Hands-on Science/Activity Book . We are pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2015 Prize in the Young Adult category. The books are appraised according to the following criteria:. The book has the ability to engage young adult readers in science. The book encourages the discussion and understanding...      Read more...
  • Science For Your Kindle

    So you just got a Kindle and you’re trying to figure out which books to get. Here are some great science books to read on your device. And remember, you don’t really need a Kindle to read these great e-books. You can download the Kindle software for your computer or phone and even share the books across devices. Clicking on the book titles will take you to Amazon.com where you can download the books for your Kindle. Of course, Amazon is not the only source for ebooks and in the future we will also give you recommendations for other devices and platforms. The books on this list are mostly recent publications, although I have included a few classics. (You may notice that there are a...      Read more...
    Published 5 Dec 2011 4:12 PM 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
  • Review Spotlight: Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas

    Spring is slowly appearing around the country. Even among the cold rain and sleet the cherry blossom trees here in Washington, DC managed to reach peak bloom this week. Today I'd like to highlight a creature whose sighting is a sure sign that spring has arrived: the hummingbird! SB&F recently reviewed a unique book on hummingbirds entitled Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas . The review will appear in our May issue, but here's a sneak peek! Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas by Jeannette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks. (Illus. by Adrienne Yorinks.) Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011. 64pp. $16.95. ISBN 9781580893329. This attractive book was a pleasure to...      Read more...
    Published 31 Mar 2011 12:51 PM 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
  • E.O. Wilson’s "Anthill: A Novel"

    One of the world’s best know naturalist, Edward O. Wilson, is the author of more than 20 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants and Naturalist . Most recently Wilson has penned a novel entitled Anthill . His first foray in to nonfiction seems to be a grand success. Receiving starred reviews from both Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly , along with positive remarks from The New York Times , Chicago Tribune , The Economist and several highly regarded authors, the book is “the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.” The book does an exceptional job of weaving real life science in to the story...      Read more...
    Published 20 Jul 2010 8:26 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • Introducing SB&F Book Club Guides

    With the goal of encouraging book clubs everywhere to choose a nonfiction science book to read and discuss, SB&F has launched its first four book club suggestions with accompanying reading guides. Many popular science books written today have gripping narratives, stranger than fiction storylines, and interesting insights in to current scientific issues. These characteristics make for great discussions of the book. No need to have in-depth knowledge of the subject at hand. Popular science books are written for the general public and are meant to give a broad, but fascinating, look at the world around us. From tales of adventure and discovery around the world to the complexities of the human...      Read more...
    Published 17 Jun 2010 10:29 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • 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
  • Henrietta Lacks book excites and inspires AAAS staff.....and Oprah!

    There has been a lot of buzz around the AAAS Education Programs department (where SB&F resides) regarding the new book about Henrietta Lack’s interesting and important life and legacy. ( The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot, Crown Publishing, 2010) So much interest in fact that our very own Dr. Shirley Malcom happily agreed to write a review of the book for SB&F. The enthusiasm of Dr. Malcom and others in our department for this book has inspired us to create SB&F Book Club guides for other important, engaging science books for general readers. We hope that these guides can serve as a tool and encourage book clubs all over the nation to choose a science...      Read more...
    Published 27 May 2010 11:09 AM 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