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AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
Each year, AAAS honors the best in science writing and illustration for children and young people by awarding the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

The prizes began in 2005 by looking back on decades of outstanding science books and honoring five authors and one illustrator for their significant and lasting contribution to children's and young adult science literature and illustration. Beginning in 2006, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize began honoring recently published, individual science books.

In order to underscore the importance of good science books, Science NetLinks has created a number of resources that enable you to bring these prize-winners into your classroom.

2013
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm.
  • Middle Grades Science Book: Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery.
  • Young Adult Science Book: The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species by Terrie M. Williams.
  • Hands-On Science Book: Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery From Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns with photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz.
2012
  • Lifetime Achievement: Vicki Cobb.
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet by Joan Dunning.
  • Middle Grades Science Book: The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frog: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle.
  • Young Adult Science Book: Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson.
2011
  • Children's Science Picture Book: The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole. (Illus. by Bruce Degen; from the Magic School Bus Series.)
  • Middle Grades Science Book: The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns. (Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz; from the Scientists in the Field Series.)
  • Young Adult Science Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Hands-On Science Book: The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly
2010
  • Lifetime Achievement: Robert Gardner
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm.
  • Middle Grades Science Book: The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. (Photographs by Andy Comins; from the Scientists in the Field Series.)
  • Young Adult Science Book: Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes by Idah Ben-Barak.
  • Outstanding Science Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out. Published by HarperCollins.


2009
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jean Craighead George
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World by Steven Jenkins & Robin Page
  • Middle Grades Science Book: How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists & Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry & Gary Braasch
  • Hands-on Science Book: True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay & Jenny Bonnin
  • Young Adult Science Book: Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life by Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang
  • Book Talks with some of the winners can be found here.


2008
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed and Revealed
  • Middle Grades Science Book: Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues by Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chaippe, and Rodolfo Coria
  • Hands-on Science Book: A Taste of Exploratopia by Pat Murphy
  • Young Adult Science Book: Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
  • Book Talks with some of the winners can be found here.


2007
  • Children's Science Picture Book: An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston, with illustrations by Sylvia Long
  • Middle Grades Science Book: Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Hands-on Science Book: Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas: 21 Activities by Laurie Carlson
  • Young Adult Science Book: Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations by Eric Dinerstein
  • Book Talks with some of the winners can be found here.


2006
  • Children's Science Picture Book: Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Ann Jonas.
  • Middle Grades Science Book: Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands, written and photographed by Sneed B. Collard, III.
  • Hands-on Science Book: The Amateur Naturalist by Nick Baker
  • Popular Science Book: Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives by Jeanette Farrell


2005
  • Lifetime Achievement in Children's Science Book Writing: Patricia Lauber
  • Lifetime Achievement in Children's Science Book Writing: Laurence Pringle
  • Lifetime Achievement in Children's Science Book Writing: Seymour Simon
  • Lifetime Achievement in Hands-on Science Book Writing: Bernie Zubrowski
  • Lifetime Achievement in Children's Science Book Illustrating: Jim Arnosky
  • Lifetime Achievement in Popular Science Book Writing: James Trefil

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Lessons

  • An Egg Is Quiet

    An Egg Is Quiet

    K-2  |  Hands-On
    Students learn about eggs and observe and describe changes in a variety of simple activities involving eggs.
  • Where in the Wild?

    Where in the Wild?

    K-2  |  Audio
    This students introduces children to the concept of animal camouflage.
  • The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

    The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

    3-5  |  Video
    This lesson should help students understand both the physical forces behind climate change, and the social responses to it as a means to preserve the health of people, the state of cities, island nations, and organisms.
  • A Seabird in the Forest

    A Seabird in the Forest

    3-5  |  Video
    Students learn about the interdependent relationship between the Marbled Murrelet bird and the environment of old growth forests, such as redwood trees.
  • A Taste of Exploratopia

    A Taste of Exploratopia

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson, students are introduced to different types of scientific investigations, conduct their own, and explore how new evidence can modify theories.
  • The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    6-8  |  Video
    Students develop an understanding of scientific research and environmental conservation by examining the work of scientists involved in studying and trying to save the Panamanian golden frogs.
  • Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues

    Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues

    6-8  
    This lesson introduces students to how the scientific enterprise, science, and technology were used in discovering and understanding dinosaur eggs found during a famous paleontological expedition in Argentina.
  • The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    6-8  |  Audio
    This lesson introduces students to Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a biologist who is using a combination of scientific fieldwork and lab experimentation to understand how a commonly used pesticide is damaging both frogs and their habitats.
  • The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    This lesson allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first lesson to developing a hypothesis, conducting their own scientific inquiry, and reporting their results just as working scientists do.
  • Team Moon

    Team Moon

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students will first read Team Moon and then divide into teams to further investigate one of the challenges of the Apollo 11 mission.
  • Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin

    6-8  |  Video
    This is a lesson about being different and thinking differently. It focuses on the work of Temple Grandin, an animal behavior scientist who has autism, a brain condition of unknown cause that people are born with, and that makes them behave differently than other people.
  • Thomas Edison for Kids

    Thomas Edison for Kids

    6-8  |  Audio
    By studying the inventions and reading the biography of Thomas Edison, students will develop a broader view of technology and how it is both like science and unlike science.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.
  • The Invisible Kingdom

    The Invisible Kingdom

    9-12  |  Video
    This lesson helps students develop an understanding of the characteristics and diversity of microbial life.
  • The Odyssey of KP2

    The Odyssey of KP2

    9-12  |  Video
    This lesson is about the scientist, Terrie M. Williams, and her research with the Hawaiian monk seal, KP2.
  • Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson provides an introduction to conservation biology via the memoirs of a scientist who has traveled throughout the world to study and defend endangered species.
  • Welcome to Your Brain

    Welcome to Your Brain

    9-12  |  Audio
    In this lesson, students explore how the human brain processes sensory and cognitive information, regulates our emotional life, and forms memories.
  • The Wild Trees

    The Wild Trees

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson addresses the diversity of scientific research in the context of the story of how researchers learned about the giant redwoods in Northwestern California.

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