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NSTA Announces 2022 List of Top Science Trade Books for K-12 Students

ARLINGTON, Va.—December 7, 2021— The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, has released its annual list of “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2022.” The list represents the best science trade books published in 2021 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“Science trade books can provide the perfect launch pad for getting children interested in the world around them, while also promoting a lifetime love of reading and learning. They certainly did for me,” said Eric Pyle, president of NSTA. “The titles included on the 2022 Outstanding Science Trade Books list feature engaging stories, captivating characters, and amazing illustrations, and are sure to spark the interest of children and stay with them for years to come.”

Members of a book review panel made up of science educators and literacy professionals, appointed by NSTA, selected 28 books for the list from a roster of 240 submissions. The list of winning titles includes topics that range from the lives of sloths to the discovery of insulin.

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; avoidance of over-simplification; the use of data to support generalizations; and freedom from gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic bias. The panel also considers appropriate content level for the intended audience and the 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 and family members access quality books that support learning in science. In addition to the NSTA and CBC websites, the list will appear in the January/February issues of NSTA’s elementary, middle level, and high school journals for teachers.

About NSTA
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.

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Kate Falk, NSTA
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