NSTA Unveils 2017 List of Top Science Trade Books for K-12 Students

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.

“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.

About NSTA

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.

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.


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