ARLINGTON, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, has released its annual list of “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2017.” The list represents the best science trade books published in 2016 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“These wonderful books will enthrall student readers, leaving students wanting to revisit them again and again to learn more.”
“The Outstanding Science Trade Books list is the best resource available for teachers—and parents—who are in search of great books that can strengthen reading skills while teaching and reinforcing science concepts,” said David Beacom, NSTA’s chief content officer. “These wonderful books will enthrall student readers, leaving students wanting to revisit them again and again to learn more.”
Members of a book review panel made up of science educators and literacy professionals appointed by NSTA, selected 57 books for the list from a roster of roughly 200 submissions. The list of winning titles includes topics that range from Florence Nightingale to the life cycle of a walking stick and features beautifully illustrated picture books, thoughtful stories, biographies, and encyclopedia-type texts.
The review panel used rigorous guidelines to select the top books. Criteria include the amount of science content; presentation of material in a clear, accurate, and up-to-date manner; differentiation of theories and facts; avoidance of over-simplification; the use of facts to support generalizations; and freedom from gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic bias. The panel also chooses books based on other specifications, including appropriate content level for the intended audience and accuracy of illustrations.
NSTA and CBC have collaborated on the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students since 1973 in an effort to help science educators access quality books that support student learning in science education. In addition to the website, the list will appear in the March 2017 issues of NSTA’s elementary, middle level, and high school journals for teachers.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
NSTA Press produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.
About the Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy.