Academic journal article The Science Teacher

35th Anniversary Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: Books Published in 2007

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

35th Anniversary Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: Books Published in 2007

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To science teachers, there's a special meaning to the term "literacy" that goes far beyond language arts. For over a decade, the National Science Education Standards have focused our attention on scientific literacy, a golden umbrella that encompasses not just reading, writing, and speaking but the attitudes, content knowledge, and process skills that make it possible to investigate natural phenomena and understand the results.

Those are the qualities we look for in the books that earn each year's NSTA/Children's Book Council Outstanding Trade Book awards. It isn't just the facts between their covers that make them great selections--although getting those facts correct in text and graphics is certainly the most basic requirement for consideration. But beyond content, each book must have the capacity to entice young readers to be active participants in the scientific endeavor from the earliest years onward. In a really good trade book, the processes of science jump off every page, drawing readers into the adventure of exploring the natural world.

In this year's collection, which is our 35th anniversary, you can fly Over the Mountains or peer down from a Satellite to explore the Earth from far above. With professional researchers, readers can puzzle the mysteries of A Dinosaur Named Jane or follow the Tracks of a Panda. The important new facts about personal health in Sneeze and Breast Cancer Update can help readers make better personal decisions. …

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