Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children’s science trade books. They were chosen by 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 joined forces on this bibliographic project since 1973, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and was primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.
For the lists from 2010 and after, we are including links to activities that complement each selection, and we plan to do so again in 2013 when we publish the fully annotated list in March.
If you’re looking for a list of the books, we now link directly to NSTA Recommends, where you can find a list of the last 11 year’s worth of winners and generate an Excel file of your favorites. Learn more at NSTA Recommends.