Merry Christmas! My Christmas gift to all of you is the Gift of Science Literacy. I was browsing my Dec 5 2008 copy of Science and they provide a list of books for readers of all ages: Science Books for Fun and Learning--Some Recommendations from 2008. There are some very interesting titles, including one about Dr. George Washington Carver for young readers. (Just get ready for a whole lot of talk about Dr. GWC. St. Louis is hosting an exhibit about him and I get completely caught up in learning themes.) There is another book, Animal Tracks & Signs, which also looks great. It is a hands-on science/activity book that fits in perfectly with what I share on this blog. Think of it as a supplemental text to all I discuss here.
I have some recommendations, too. Click on the link to read my full review of the titles.
Book Review: Little Lost Bat
Book Review: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
Book Review: Pre-K Books – Hello Bumblebee Bat, Vulture View
Book Review - Ecology and World Biomes Series
Recommended Children's Science Literature - Book Reviews - Predators of the Sea, Survival Secrets of Sea Animals
Recommended Children's Science Literature - Book Reviews 2 – Octopuses, Where in the Wild: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed, Naturally Wild Musicians: The Wondrous World of Animal Song
For three years I have had the special privilege and responsibility of reviewing books for the Animal Behavior Society’s Outstanding Children's Book Award. In 2001, the Animal Behavior Society established the Outstanding Children's Book Award in order to encourage and reward accurate and compelling authorship of children's books about animal behavior. Members of the Education Committee read dozens of children science books and select up to five finalists that best represents and explains animal behavior for student readers in grades 3-5. School children rank the finalists and pick the winners and runner-ups for the award. Please check out the reviews of the titles that made the Finalist list in previous years.
New books have started arriving for the 2008 Animal Behavior Society Children’s Book Award. My new shipment of books reminded me of all of the book reviews I have from this spring that I’ve been meaning to post. Each Monday I will post a new review, so please check in. I will be submitting these book reviews to the Book Review Blog Carnival, which I just discovered yesterday. (Merry Christmas to me.) The most recent Book Review Carnival is posted at Maw Books. There are several great books listed, not just science books. But two science book reviews that are listed include Antarctica: Life on the Ice (my nod to International Polar Year) and Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers by John Robinson.
Have a Merry Christmas and Literary New Year!