Science Book Winners

As you probably know, I am always looking for great new science books to share with children. Therefore, I was excited when I saw the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books were announced for 2011. These books were judged to be the best new science books in their categories. Here are the winners:

Children’s Science Picture Book:
Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge
by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. (Magic School Bus Series.) Scholastic, 2010.

The Magic School Bus series is a perennial favorite, so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with this one.

Middle Grades Science Book:
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns with photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz (Scientists in the Field Series.) Houghton Mifflin, 2010.

See my review of this book at Wrapped In Foil and some fun related activities here at Growing With Science.

Young Adult Science Book:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Random House, 2010.

This book is definitely for older readers because it is about a difficult topic. It has gotten a lot of well-deserved attention.

Hands-On Science Book:
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly.  Workman, 2010.

This trailer shows all the “energy” that went into this one.

Now this sounds like something I’d like to get my “hands-on!”

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?


  1. Heather

    Oh, I think I may know some people interested in the last one.

  2. Roberta

    I picked it up this morning if anyone wants a look…

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