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Science Prize Shortlist

In science-award news, the following books are finalists for 2008 AAAS/Suburu  SB&F Prizes. AAAS stands for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. SB&F refers to Science Books and Films Online, "a critical review journal." The shortlist was announced earlier this month. From what I can determine, the YA selections are adult titles that would appeal to teens, too.

  • Children's Science Picture Book

Babies in the Bayou, written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky (Penguin Group,   2007

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, by Cheryl Bardo, with illustrations by Jos A. Smith (Harry N. Abrams. 2007)

Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter, by Mary Alice Monroe, with photographs by Barbara J. Bergwerf (Sylvan Dell. 2007)

Vulture View, by April Pulley Sayre, with illustrations by  Steve Jenkins (Henry Holt, 2007)

Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed and Revealedby David Schwartz and Yael Schy, with photographs by Dwight Kuhn (Tricycle Press, 2007) 

  • Middle Grades Science Book

Being Caribou:  Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd, by Karsten Heuer (Walker & Co., 2007)

Circulating Life: Blood Transfusion from Ancient Superstitions to Modern Medicine, by Cherie Winner (Twenty-First Century Books, 2007)

Dinosaur Eggs Discovered: Unscrambling the Clues! by Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chaippe, and Rodolfo Coria (Twenty-First Century Books, 2007)

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool, by Doug Wechsler (Boyds Mills Press, 2007)

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, by Loree Griffin Burns (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)      

  • Young Adult Science Book         

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, by Natalie Angier (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere, by Gabrielle Walker (Harcourt, 2007)

Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System, by David A. Weintraub (Princeton, 2006)

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, by Richard Preston (Random House, 2007)

  • Hands-on Science Book

Exploratopia,  by Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the staff of the Exploratorium (Little Brown & Company, 2007)

Stellar Science Projects about Earth's Sky, by Robert Gardner (Enslow, 2007)

Temperature, by Navin Sullivan (from the Measure Up! Series)  (Marshall Cavendish, 2006)


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