Children’s Science Picture Book Winner!
The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books honors outstanding science books for children and young adults. Each year, winning books are chosen by a committee of scientists, teachers, and librarians. Winning books are factually sound and use interesting stories and vivid illustrations to encourage children and young adults to explore scientific concepts. The above link directs you to the 2006 SB&F Prize-winning book.
Stars Beneath Your Bed, by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Ann Jonas, uses bright illustrations and simple text to tell the fascinating story of dust: where it comes from, how it affects sunrises and sunsets, and its longevity. The book’s engaging text makes it a great read-aloud choice for children in grades K-4. Reading aloud science trade books complements science teaching and can be used to help students make a direct connection to science. When used in the classroom, science read-aloud books can increase science vocabulary, lower the abstract nature of science principles and explanations presented in textbooks, and enrich the students’ science experiences.
Leave ample time at the end of the reading to discuss children’s questions. (The last two pages of the book have additional information on dust for the teacher or adult reader.)