Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Outstanding Science Trade Books 2008

The NSTA list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for K-12 Students is out. The introduction to the list includes this excerpt about the books selected.
Each of these outstanding selections defies the traditional image of a child “curling up with a good book.” Yes, they can be a source of great personal reading, encouraging students of all ages to stretch their skills and their imagination as they interact with the printed page. But these journeys of the scientific imagination seldom end with the final chapter. They have the capacity to draw the reader out from that cozy seat and into the natural world—to observe, investigate, and continue the process of discovery that has characterized scientists from Aristotle to Hawking. The adventures begin here.
The list of books is below. Each title was assigned a reading level by the reviewers. These suggested levels are intended as guidelines and are not meant to limit the potential use of titles. Reading levels include: P = Primary (K–2); E = Elementary (3–5); I = Intermediate (6–8); A = Advanced (9–12). Finally, titles marked with a * are books that individual reviewers responded to with particular enthusiasm.

Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology
Earth and Space Science
Environment and Ecology
Health and Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Technology and Engineering
Back in January I created my own list of outstanding science books published in 2007, and even used some of the NSTA categories. A few of my selections made this list. You should also recognize some of these titles as Cybils nominees and finalists.


  1. oh, I am wicked excited. I was looking for this list just last week. Thank you, Tricia! This is one of my favorites of all the award rosters.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. It's way helpful for collection development purposes.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the NSTA list, as well as your own list. Both are invaluable as I continue to build the nonfiction section of my classroom library with strong, interesting, kid-friendly titles.