Academic journal article The Science Teacher

About the Books and the Selection Process

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

About the Books and the Selection Process

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The books that appear in this annotated bibliography selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books were published in 2007. They are intended primarily for kindergarten through 12th grade. They were selected by members of a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have cooperated on this bibliographic project since 1973.

The panel looks at both content and presentation. Selection is based generally on the following criteria:

* The book has substantial science content.

* Information is clear, accurate, and up-to-date.

* Theories and facts are clearly distinguished.

* Facts are not oversimplified to the point that the information is misleading.

* Generalizations are supported by facts, and significant facts are not omitted.

* Books are free of gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic bias.

The panel also uses rigorous selection guidelines relating to the presentation of material, including the following: logical presentation and a clear sequence of ideas; appropriate content level for the intended audience; compatible text and illustrations; illustrations that are accurate representations in size, color, and scale; appropriate trim size and format of the book for the subject and audience; and well-organized layout that advances the text. …

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