Top science books for kids, recommended by teachers

Every year, the National Science Teachers Association selects the best new science books for children K-12.  The 2011 list (for books published in 2010) is now available.  The 45 entries are said to build literacy skills while teaching science content.  Prose and poetry, pictures and text, for all age levels, are included in the list.  In the words of the NSTA, “award-winning trade books inspire young readers to want more…more information, more books, more inquiry, more science.”  And that’s what we want them to want!

The winning titles:

  • At Home with the Gopher Tortoise by Madeleine Dunphy.  “This impassioned author writes about a keystone species and delivers a valuable message about habitats.”
  • Case Closed? by Susan Hughes.  “These nine mysteries have a great mix of science and anthropology; readers will enjoy the narrative tone.”
  • Come See the Earth Turn by Lori Mortensen.  “The life of Foucault is beautifully portrayed, and readers will see the link between science and history.”
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman.  “Poetry and prose describe nocturnal animals; fact boxes relate directly to poetry.”

Lists from previous years can be viewed here.  The 2010 list is conveniently categorized according to national science content standards to help teachers find the books best suited to their classes.  (Such annotation will be provided for the 2011 list in March.)

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