A selection of the titles being given out as part of the Subaru Loves Learning initiative
This month, Subaru of America, Inc. will once again spotlight its "Subaru Loves Learning" initiative, part of its Love Promise philanthropic platform dedicated to supporting causes and passions that Subaru and its customers care about. As part of the automaker’s commitment to education, Subaru retailers will work alongside AAAS to provide students in kindergarten through twelfth grade with award winning science books for the third year in a row. Through Subaru Loves Learning, this year 75,000 books will be donated by Subaru retailers.
Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of the review journal SB&F, said, "Each year we identify the best science books for kids through the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize. Subaru Loves Learning has enabled us to get these great books where they really belong—into the hands of boys and girls to inspire their love of science and reading."
This year, 477 Subaru retailers are participating in the nationwide event to donate science books to schools. More than 500 schools around the country have been chosen to receive a selection of the 19 titles, all of which were finalists for this year's AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books. The books include:
- Children's science picture books: Because of an Acorn; A Beetle Is Shy; Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food; Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor; and Tooth By Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers
- Middle grades science books: Crow Smart: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird; Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports; Fish Tricks: The Wild and Wacky World of Fish; Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins; and Hopping Ahead of Climate Change
- Hands-on science books: Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science: A Family Guide to Fun Experiments in the Kitchen; Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park; Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff; Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire; and Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests
- Young adult science books: The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life; Lab Girl; Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things; and Seven Brief Lessons in Physics
Members of the public are welcome to stop by a local Subaru dealership to fill out a bookplate to be included in one of the books donated to a school in your community. These schools use the books to bolster library and classroom collections, support their curriculum, and encourage a love of STEAM in their students. You can read about how some of the schools that received last year's Subaru Loves Learning donations used the books and find out what some of this year's recipients are planning for the upcoming school year.
Subaru and AAAS have also teamed up to create a hands-on science activity book to accompany the campaign. You can pick up a copy at a local dealership or download one here. Regular users may find some of these resources familiar, since they draw from our Afterschool activity section.
Science NetLinks is in the process of adding lessons to accompany each of this year's books. Already, you can find lessons for Because of an Acorn (K-2), Grow! Raise! Catch! (K-2), Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea (3-5), The Great Monkey Rescue (6-8), Ricky's Atlas (6-8), and Lab Girl (9-12). You can also find resources to accompany the prize-winning books from years past. Finally, Science NetLinks offers educators suggestions for how to use books like these to support the Common Core standards.
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