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 2013 Finalists Hands-on Science 

 

Here is the shortlist for the Hands-on Science Book category for the 2013 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. The prize promotes science literacy by showcasing the importance of good science writing that promotes inquiry and hands-on learning. The judging criteria can be found here. Thank you to our sponsor, Subaru, for their generous support of the SB&F Prizes.

Citizen Scientists : Be a Part of Scientific Discovery From Your Own Backyard, by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz.  Henry Holt, 2012. 
Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how. Buy

 

  Crazy Concoctions : A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures, by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley.  Image Pub, 2011.
Provides instructions for science experiments and includes cartoon illustrations and notes on scientific discoveries, safety, terminology, and more. Buy

 

 

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies : A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids, by Carol Pasternak.  Firefly, 2012.
A step-by-step guide to raising monarch butterflies, covering anatomy, finding caterpillars, releasing your butterfly. Buy

 

  Potatoes On Rooftops : Farming in the City, by Hadley Dyer. Annick Press, 2012.
The urban farming movement is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance among families – including kids. This book provides an informative overview of the how and why of the movement toward small-scale urban farming.  Buy

 

  The World In Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods , by Claire Eamer ; artwork by Sa Boothroyd.  Annick Press, 2012.
A ham sandwich on white bread (and other examples) may sound like ordinary items, but they take us on an amazing journey through the rich history and astonishing science of food. Explore a week of lunches by taking a romp through thousands of years of extraordinary events.  Buy
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The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books is sponsored by Subaru.