Outstanding science trade books of 2007

Schoolchildren and teacher in science classA book about sneezing for grades K to 5, a book that tracks a caribou herd for 5 months for grades 3 to 8 and a breast cancer update for grades 6 to 8 are among the 32 titles selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) in the Outstanding Science Trade Books For Students K 12 competition for 2007. The book selection panel based its selections on the following criteria:

  • contains substantial science content,
  • content is clear, up-to-date and accurate;
  • theories and facts are clearly distinguished;
  • facts are not oversimplified to the point of being misleading;
  • generalizations are supported by facts and significant facts not omitted,
  • and books are free of gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic bias.

The panel also reviewed the sequence and presentation of ideas, the illustrations, and the organization of the books. This was competition’s 35th year.

The following books were selected by the National Science Teachers’ Association and the Children’s Book Council as as outstanding science trade books published in 2007.

Archaeology, anthropology and paleontology

“Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages,” Random House Children’s Books, grades 6-12

“Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues,” Twenty-First Century Books, Lerner Publishing Group, grades 6-8 “The Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane,” Enslow Publishers, grades 6-8 “Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age,” Clarion Books, grades 6-8 SuperCroc: Paul Sereno’s Dinosaur Eater, Bearpoint Publishing, grades 3-5


“Isaac Newton: The Scientist Who Changed Everything,” National Geographic Society, grades 6-8 “Giants of Science: Marie Curie,” Viking Children’s Books, grades 6-8 “Tycho Brahe: Pioneer of Astronomy,” Compass Point Books, grades 6-8

Earth and Space Science

“The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension,” Smithsonian Books in Association with NSTA, grades 9-12 “Close to the Wind: The Beaufort Scale,” Penguin Young Readers Group, grades K-2 “Map: Satellite,” DK Publishing, grades 6-12

Environment and Ecology

“Over the Mountains: An Aerial View of Geology,” Mikaya Press, grades 6-12

Health and Science

“Belly-Busting Worm Invasions! Parasites That Love Your Insides,” grades 6-8 “The Breast Cancer Update,” Enslow Publishers, grades 6-8

“Circulating Life: Blood Transfusion From Ancient Superstition to Modern Medicine,” Twenty-First Century Books, Lerner Publishing Group, grades 9-12

“Gut-Eating Bugs: Maggots Reveal the Time of Death!,” grades 3-8

Life Science

Adaptation, Twenty-First Century Books, Lerner Publishing Group, grades 6-8 Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot With a Caribou Herd, Walker & Company, grades 3-8 Box Turtles, Lerner Publications Company, grades 6-8 Face to Face With Caterpillars, National Geographic Society, grades 3-5 Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg, Millbrook Press, grades K-2 Here Is the Wetland, Web of Life Children’s Books, grades K-2 It’s a Butterfly’s Life, Holiday House, grades 3-5 Nic Bishop Spiders, Scholastic Nonfiction, grades 9-12

Octopuses, Lerner Publications Company, grades, 3-8 Sneeze, Charlesbridge Publishing, grades K-5 Superbugs Strike Back: When Antibiotics Fail, Twenty-First Century Books, Lerner Publishing Group, grades 9-12 Tracks of a Panda, Candlewick Press, grades K-2 Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed, Tricycle Press, grades K-2

Physical Science

“Rockets, Twenty-First Century Books,” Lerner Publishing Group, grades 6-12

Technology and Engineering

“Great Inventions: Microscopes and Telescopes,” Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, grades 9-12 “The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb,” Holiday House, grades 6-8

Science and Children, March 2008, pp. 43 47

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