ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National 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: 2015.” The list represents the best trade books published in 2014 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“The Outstanding Science Trade Books list is the best resource available for teachers, parents, and librarians who are in search of great books that can build literacy skills while encouraging the practices of science,” said NSTA President Juliana Texley.
Members of a book review panel made up of science educators and literacy professionals appointed by NSTA selected 44 books for the list from a roster of roughly 200 submissions. The list of winning titles includes everything from Batman to engineering and features beautifully illustrated picture books, heart-warming stories, reference and encyclopedia-type texts, and poetry.
The review panel based their decision on their extensive knowledge of the field and looked primarily for the very best books that they believed would inspire kids. Books that made it past the first cut (being one of the most engaging science trade books of the year) had to also meet rigorous subject matter guidelines including:
- Science content must be accurate;
- Where conflicting scientific theories exist, as many views as possible are represented; and
- Facts are not oversimplified so that information becomes misleading.
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 2015 issues of NSTA’s elementary, middle level, and high school journals for teachers.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
NSTA Press® produces 25–30 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.