Monday, March 02, 2009

Outstanding Science Trade Books - 2009

I've been working on my list of best science books published in 2008 for a while now, but this year, NSTA beat me to it. Here is an excerpt from the introduction to their list.

Today’s classrooms have no real walls! Students explore the world on field trips, during virtual journeys on the world wide web, and through the books they read. These pathways help them fly to the ends of the universe to satisfy their scientific curiosity.

Again this year, the professionals of the NSTA/CBC Review Panel for Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12 have been pleased to serve as travel guides, identifying the best in trade books for student explorations.
Here is the list of books. You can read the full annotated list at Outstanding Science Trade Books - 2009. You can also read expanded reviews at NSTA Recommends. Titles marked with asterisks are those that individual panel members responded to with particular enthusiasm.

Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology
Earth and Space Science
Environment and Ecology
For further information about the books on Yellowstone's wolves and Wangari Mathaai, read this post.

Health Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Technology and Engineering
A number of the books on this list were titles in the 2009 Cybils awards. Nic Bishop Frogs was the winner in the Cybils nonfiction picture book category. There are many great titles here. I hope you get a chance to check them out.


  1. These are my favorite awards of the year! Thank you, Tricia.

  2. Thanks for sharing this list! I'm especially loving the clever titles of the first three Health Science ones!

  3. Yes, thanks! This list is always helpful for finding books to add to the library's collection.