Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. A list of outstanding science trade books is chosen annually by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).
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National Science Teaching Association

THE LIST is here! This year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 is hot off the presses. Congrats to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers who worked so hard to make these outstanding science books for kids! http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/ostb2016.aspx (Please note, the covers shown represent just a few of the titles selected. Click through to read the entire list.)

The Science of Story Time
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Science and literacy are inherently linked in so many ways. Just as a matter of practice, scientists must possess great proficiency in reading dense, data-filled texts. They must be expert technical writers who can describe their proposed studies for funding considerations, detail their experimental…

Save on NSTA Press books and ebooks through April 30! http://www.nsta.org/store/ Use promo code SPR15 to save $15 on ord...
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Save on NSTA Press books and ebooks through April 30! http://www.nsta.org/store/ Use promo code SPR15 to save $15 on orders of $75 or more.

The Spring 2015 NSTA Recommends digital catalog is now live! http://digital.nsta.org/publication/?i=248471 Be the first to see all the new books + save on #NSTA Press publications. Between now and April 30, save $15 off your order of $75 or more of NSTA Press books or NSTA Press e-books by entering promo code SPR15 at checkout in the online Science Store.

Ever wonder why certain books make the OSTB list? Read this eye-opening post about all the work that author-illustrator ...
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Ever wonder why certain books make the OSTB list? Read this eye-opening post about all the work that author-illustrator teams do to make sure that the books are not only engaging and beautiful but also scientifically accurate! (blog post by Loree Griffin Burns, Author)

Loree Griffin Burns, Author of outstanding science trade books shares insights into the ways author-illustrator teams work together. READ more about the process and the beautiful (and scientifically correct) books that result when artists focus on teamwork and accuracy. http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2015/02/27/creating-childrens-science-books-a-lesson-in-teamwork-part-two/

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Coming to #NSTA15 Chicago? Join NSTA President, Juliana Texley, for International Day. Lots of literacy connections!

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12's cover photo

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OSTB fans, you'll love this behind-the-scenes peek at how the authors and photographers/illustrators work on the amazing books on this list!

Loree Griffin Burns, Author was thrilled to see two of her books with photographer Ellen Harasimowicz on NSTA's recent Outstanding Science Tradebooks for Students K-12 list. But she noticed that illustrator names were not included for any of the 44 titles listed. NSTA quickly fixed that, and Loree Griffin Burns wrote about the collaborative labor of love that goes into her books. http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2015/01/23/creating-childrens-science-books-a-lesson-in-teamwork/ Hat Tip to publishers Lerner Publishing Group and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade for producing the outstanding books mentioned!

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Use promo code 14BOOKS to take 14% off 14 books from NSTA Press. Filled with science teacher-tested ideas, these titles earned a place on AAAS’s SB&F Best Books of 2014 list! Read more, and through February 2, take 14% off these titles at the NSTA Science Store using promo code 14BOOKS. http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2015/01/20/14books-nsta-press-honored-to-be-on-science-books-films-best-books-list/

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Click and you shall receive! Today through December 5, NSTA is offering Cyber Monday Savings on NSTA Membership. http://www.nsta.org/membership/ Join NSTA for $60, a $15 savings off "Individual Member" rate. *Offer valid for regular individual memberships only. Not valid on prepaid membership rates, or any other offers. Does not apply to student/preservice, retired, or new teacher memberships.

We proudly announce this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12!
11/17/2014

We proudly announce this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12!

NSTA, in collaboration with The Children's Book Council, is pleased to announce the 2015 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12! http://www.nsta.org/publications/ostb/ostb2015.aspx These books, published in 2014, greatly add to our 43-year history. In the award-winning books on this year's list, you’ll find not only traditional science content but engineering and design. We hope you’ll enjoy enhancing your spirit of inquiry as you practice science through trade books.

How appropriate that today is Book Lovers' Day: We are meeting today to select our annual list of Outstanding Science Tr...
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How appropriate that today is Book Lovers' Day: We are meeting today to select our annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books, and we'll be releasing the list soon. Watch this space to be the first to see it!

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Outstanding Science Trade Books Enhance a 95-Year-Old Tradition

Check out this blog post and browse our lists--#ChildrensBookWeek is the perfect time to focus on science and reading!

This is Children’s Book Week—and 2014 is, incredibly, the 95th year for the annual celebration. A bit more recently—in 1954, a mere 60 years ago, Sister Marian taught her entire first-grade class of 66 students how to read. I should know—I was one of that good woman’s lucky pupils. By the way, the s…

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Who's watching Your Inner Fish? Everyone?

Talk About Your Inner Fish! That’s what NSTA members are doing right now. Are you watching? Want to join the conversation? Consider membership in the National Science Teachers Association—where 55,000 of your peers are getting and sharing the kind of information you’ll only get from other science teachers. Check out our membership options and join in: http://www.nsta.org/membership/

03/28/2014

Coming to the #NSTA14 National Conference on Science Education next week in Boston? If so, please check out this session featuring our books!
How NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books, the NGSS, and the Common Core State Standards Add Up to Quality Science Instruction!

Sunday, April 6 9:30–10:30 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 207

Come see how NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books, the NGSS, and the CCSS can be used to develop quality science instruction.

Presenter(s): Kathy Renfrew (Vermont Agency of Education: Montpelier, VT); Lori Dolezal (Vermont Agency of Education: Montpelier, VT)

FORMAT: Workshop
SUBJECT: General Science
GRADE LEVEL: Preschool-Middle Level

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02/01/2014

Sale at the NSTA Science Store! Use Promo Code SOCIAL when you purchase $40 or more of NSTA Press books (only) and save 10%. http://www.nsta.org/store/

Time to fill up your bookshelf! Take 10% off when you purchase $40 of NSTA Press books (only) from the NSTA Science Store, now through February 28, 2014. Use promo code SOCIAL at checkout. Not valid with any other offer. http://www.nsta.org/store/

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