Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2011
Click here to link to the press release(Books published in 2010)The National Science Teachers Association, in collaboration reading, encouraging children of all ages to stretch their skillswith the Children’s Book Council, is pleased to announce and their imagination as they interact with the printed page.that the following titles have been selected for the 2011 list But these journeys of the scientific imagination seldom endof Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12. with the final chapter. They have the capacity to draw readersReading science trade books is the perfect way for students into the natural world—to observe, investigate, and continueto build literacy skills while learning science content. These the process of discovery that has characterized scientists fromoutstanding selections can be a source of great personal Aristotle to Hawking. At Home with the Gopher Tortoise Madeleine Dunphy Web of Life Children’s Books This impassioned author writes about a keystone species and delivers a valuable message about habitats. Case Closed? Susan Hughes Kids Can Press These nine mysteries have a great mix of science and anthropology; readers will enjoy the narrative tone. Come See the Earth Turn Lori Mortensen Tricycle Press The life of Foucault is beautifully portrayed, and readers will see the link between science and history. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night Joyce Sidman Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Poetry and prose describe nocturnal animals; fact boxes relate directly to poetry.
Dinosaur Mountain Great MigrationsDeborah Kogan Ray Elizabeth CarneyFarrar, Straus, and Giroux National GeographicPrimary source quotes and clear diagrams Children’s Booksmake this an excellent book on paleontology. The maps and descriptions of habitats help this book rise above; individualEarth: Feeling the Heat animals are showcased.Brenda Z. Guiberson Growing PatternsHenry Holt BFYRSurprising elements and new details enhance Sarah C. Campbellthis book about global warming; its freshness Boyds Mills Presswill enrich lessons. What a beautiful way to illustrate Fibonacci numbers; it shows that math holds the secrets to nature.Earth Heroes: Champions ofWild Animals Hip-Pocket PapaBruce and Carol Malnor Sandra MarkleDawn Publications CharlesbridgeShows how citizen scientists’ actions can Readers will love the specific details abouthelp with current concerns. an unusual frog in a distant habitat; weaves Australian drought into the story.Erased by a Tornado! Honey BeesJessica Rudolph Stephen BuchmannBearport Publishing Delacorte Books for Young ReadersA student begins a narrative that puts An ideal description of the study methods anda personal touch on this weather lesson. hypotheses related to hive collapse.Every Bone Tells a StoryJill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw How to Clean a HippopotamusCharlesbridgeThis mystery is a page-turner, and the Steve Jenkins and Robin Pagebook itself is sumptuous; handling it is Houghton Mifflin Books for Childrena pleasure. The unique topic of symbiosis is described in interesting text (with great context cues) and beautiful illustrations.Face to Face with ManateesBrian Skerry I Dreamed of Flying Like a BirdNational Geographic Children’s BooksAuthentic, new information is combined with Robert B. Haasbeautiful photographs. National Geographic Children’s Books The aerial views are wonderful, and the photos and explanations complement one another; first-personGlobal Warming observations make this special.Seymour SimonCollins, an imprint of HarperCollins If Stones Could SpeakChildren’s Books Marc AronsonPhotojournalism makes a difficult topic National Geographic Children’s Bookseasier for elementary through secondary The story of Stonehenge discoveries isstudents to comprehend. augmented by maps and new technology; highlights the fact that no idea is immune from examination.
It’s Harvest Time! Nat Geo Wild Animal AtlasJean McElroy National Geographic Children’s BooksLittle Simon, an imprint of Simon & This unique animal book stands out fromSchuster Children’s Publishing the rest because of its maps and focus onDevelopmentally appropriate book on ecosystems; good for interdisciplinary lessonsfarming for children; sized and formatted with social studies.as a handy fold-out. National Geographic Little KidsJust One Bite First Big Book of AnimalsLola Schaefer Catherine D. HughesChronicle Books National Geographic Children’s BooksGreat for the youngest scientists because of Organization by biome is so useful in thisits big-book style, illustrations, and scaling. book for young children; different formats facilitate reading instruction.Kakapo Rescue Newton and MeSy Montgomery Lynne MayerHoughton Mifflin Books for Children Sylvan Dell PublishingThe story of this night-loving, giant, One of the few primary-level books availableflightless parrot includes citizen science, on force and motion; great informationhistory, conservation, and culture. conveyed in a simple, direct way.Looking Closely in the Rain Forest Nic Bishop LizardsFrank Serafini Nic BishopKids Can Press Scholastic NonfictionIncredible photos make you want to re-read A history of phenomenal photography andthe text; fosters inquiry in the pages of a book. fresh information about this familiar topic; end notes are especially valuable.Mammoths and Mastodons OceansCheryl Bardoe Johnna RizzoAbrams Books for Young Readers National Geographic Children’s BooksClear comparisons of species, very current In a crowded field, this book on oceansinformation, and movie-clip style presents new and amazing facts in a greatdescriptions. format for children.Micro Monsters Pierre the PenguinNam Nguyen Jean MarzolloKingfisher Sleeping Bear PressEnlarged views of tiny creatures will capture The author takes a fresh look at penguinsreaders’attention while grossing them out; it through a web cam; features problem solvingfeatures state-of-the-art delivery. and character education.National Geographic Kids: The PoetreesUltimate Dinopedia Douglas FlorianDon Lessem Beach Lane Books, an imprint of SimonNational Geographic & Schuster Children’s PublishingChildren’s Books Non-traditional poetry and outstandingVery well organized and accurate; above artwork illustrate components of plant life.and beyond the average dinosaur book.
Project Seahorse The Complete Human Body + DVD Pamela S. Turner DK Publishing Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Current and accurate with an excellent Scientists in the field (inspired by their supporting DVD; a well-organized and science teachers) offer their methods, comprehensive look at anatomy. supported by outstanding photos. S is for Scientists The Hive Detectives Larry Verstraete Loree Griffin Burns Sleeping Bear Press Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Truly unique descriptions of the diverse A detailed look at this timely topic. The author methods of science. speaks with authority and passion about this vital species. Slow Down for Manatees Jim Arnosky The Robin Makes a Laughing Putnam Sound Designed for K–2 readers, this is a unique Sallie Wolf look at the rescue, revitalization, and release Charlesbridge of an endangered species. Excellent birder’s journal includes advice on how to keep records and biological drawings; a great model for children. Survival at 40 Below Debbie Miller Walker Books for Young Readers Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! This amazing story of survival will fill April Pulley Sayre readers with wonder and surprise. Charlesbridge With plenty of conservation information, this book is unique in a crowded field because people The Buffalo Are Back are not the villains, they save habitats. The Jean Craighead George narrative voice makes the book approachable. Dutton This inspirational book features the Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s comeback of an endangered species and Survivors hope for America’s wild places. Joyce Sidman Houghton Mifflin Books for Children The Buzz on Bees Lyric poetry and accurate facts. Shelley Rotner and Anne Woodhull Holiday House Photos enhance the story of bees’ life cycle, What in the Wild? Mysteries of and readers will learn of many possible Nature Concealed… and Revealed theories behind their disappearance. David Schwartz and Yael Schy Tricycle Press The Chiru of High Tibet Great to read aloud. The mystery premise, Jacqueline Briggs Martin fact choices, and descriptions make this book special. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children A unique topic illustrated in art and poetry; one person’s efforts perpetuate a species.Full reviews of these books will be available in the March 2011 issuesof NSTA’s K–12 journals and online at www.nsta.org/ostb.