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 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books 

Past Year's Finalists

2010 Finalists  

Children’s Science Picture Book

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm. Blue Sky Press, 2009. 

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. Brian Floca. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. 

Redwoods. Jason Chin. Roaring Brook Press, 2009. 

What Bluebirds Do? Pamela F. Kirby. Boyds Mills Press, 2009.

Middle Grades Science Book 

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. James M. Deem. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet. Alexandra Siy. Charlesbridge, 2009.  

The Frog Scientist. Pamela S. Turner. Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  

Mission Control, this is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon.. Andrew Chaikin. Viking, 2009. 

Young Adult Science Book 

Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Seth  Shostak, with a foreword by Frank Drake. National Geographic Society, 2008.

Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes. Idah Ben-Barak. Basic Books, 2009. 

The Survivor's Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life. Ben Sherwood. Grand Central, 2009. 

Why Sh*t Happens: The Science of a Really Bad Day. Peter J. Bentley. Rodale Press, 2009. 


2009 Finalists

Children’s Science Picture Book

Eggs. Marilyn Singer, with illustrations by Emma Stevenson. Holiday House, 2008. 

Sisters and Brothers. Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Spiders. Nic Bishop, with photographs by the author. Scholasitic, 2007.  

Wings. Sneed B. Collard, III, with illustrations by Robin Brickman. Charlesbridge, 2008.     

The Wolves are Back. Jean Craighead George, with illustrations by Wendell Minor. Dutton, 2008.  

Middle Grades Science Book

Cold Light: Creatures, Discoveries, and Inventions that Glow. Anita Sitarski. Boyds Mills Press, 2007.  

George Washington Carver. Tonya Bolden. Abrams, 2008.  

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientist and Kids Explore Global Warming. Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch. Dawn, 2008.  

Life on Earth--and Beyond: an Astrobiologist’s Quest. Pamela S. Turner. Charlesbridge, 2008.  

What’s Eating You? Parasites—the Inside Story. Nicola Davies, with illustrated by Neal Layton. Candlewick, 2007.  

Young Adult Science Book

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete- Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. Random House, 2007. 

The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell. Rachel Herz. William Morrow & Co., 2007.  

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret. Seth Shulman. W. W. Norton, 2008. 

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life. Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang. Bloomsbury, 2008.

Hands-on Science Book

Animal Tracks & Signs. Jinny Johnson. National Geographic Society, 2008. 

The Brook Book. Jim Arnosky. Dutton, 2008.  

Sound Projects with a Music Lab You Can Build. Robert Gardner. Enslow, 2008.  

True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet. Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin. National Geographic Society, 2008.  

The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope. Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone. Sterling, 2008.


2008 Finalists

Children's Science Picture Book 

Babies in the Bayou. Jim Arnosky. Penguin Group, 2007. 

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas. Cheryl Bardo, with illustrations by Jos A. Smith. Harry N. Abrams, 2007. 

Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter. Mary Alice Monroe, with photographs by Barbara J. Bergwerf. Sylvan Dell, 2007. 

Vulture View. April Pulley Sayre, with illustrations by Steve Jenkins. Henry Holt, 2007.

Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Creatures Concealed and Revealed.  David Schwartz and Yael Schy, with photographs by Dwight Kuhn. Tricycle Press, 2007.

Middle Grades Science Book

Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd. Karsten Heuer. Walker & Co., 2007. 

Circulating Life: Blood Transfusion from Ancient Superstitions to Modern Medicine. Cherie Winner. Twenty-First Century Books, 2007. 

Dinosaur Eggs Discovered: Unscrambling the Clues!  Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chaippe, and Rodolfo Coria. Twenty-First Century Books, 2007. 

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool. Doug Wechsler. Boyds Mills Press, 2007. 

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. Loree Griffin Burns. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  

Young Adult Science Book 

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. Natalie Angier. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 

An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere. Gabrielle Walker. Harcourt, 2007. 

Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System. David A. Weintraub. Princeton, 2006. 

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. Richard Preston. Random House, 2007. 

Hands-on Science Book

Exploratopia. Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the staff of the Exploratorium. Little Brown & Company, 2007.  

Stellar Science Projects about Earth's Sky. Robert Gardner. Enslow, 2007.  

Temperature. Navin Sullivan. (From the Measure Up! Series.) Marshall Cavendish, 2007


2007 Finalists

Children’s Science Picture Book 

Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs.Kathleen Kudlinski with illustrations by S.D.Schindler. Dutton Children’s Books, 2006. 

An Egg Is Quiet. Dianna Aston. (With illustrations by Sylvia Long.) Chronicle Books, 2006. 

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor. Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  

What Is Science? Rebecca Kai Dotlich with illustrations by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Henry Holt & Co., 2006.

Wings of Light by Stephen Swinburne with illustrations by Bruce Hiscock. Boyds Mills Press, 2006. 

Middle Grades Science Book 

ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room by Donna M. Jackson. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 

Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People by Albert Marrin. Dutton Children’s Books, 2006.  

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo II on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 

Young Adult Science Book 

Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France by Lorraine Jean Hopping. Franklin Watts, 2006. 

Cool Stuff and How It Works by Chris Woodford and Luke Collins. DK Publishing, 2006. 

Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness by Erik Reece. Riverhead Books, 2006.  

Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations by Eric Dinerstein. Island Press, 2006.  

Hands-on Science Book

Forgery: Crime-Solving Science Experiments. Kenneth G. Rainis. Enslow, 2006. 

The Great Graph Contest. Loreen Leedy. Holiday House, 2006. 

Lowdown on Earthworms. Norma Dixon. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006. 

Thomas Edison for Kids, His Life and Ideas. Laurie Carlson. Chicago Review Press, 2006.


2006 Finalists

Children's Science Picture Book

About Mollusks: A Guide for Children. Cathryn Sill; illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree, 2005.

Mosquito Bite. Alexandra Siy & Dennis Kunkel. Charlesbridge, 2005.

A Mother's Journey. Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Marks. Charlesbridge, 2005.

Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust. April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Ann Jonas. Greenwillow, 2005. 

Middle Grades Science Book

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein. Marfe Ferguson Delano. National Geographic, 2005.

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes. Pamela S. Turner. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-experimenters in Science and Medicine. Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring. Henry Holt, 2005.

The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands. Sneed B. Collard III. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 

Young Adult Science Book

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity. David Bodanis. Crown, 2005.

The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Tim Gallagher. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Insights from Insects: What Bad Bugs Can Teach Us. Gilbert Waldbauer. Prometheus, 2005.

Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives. Jeanette Farrell. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. 

Hands-on Science Book

The Amateur Naturalist. Nick Baker. National Geographic Society, 2005.

Backyard Science. Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone. Sterling, 2005.

Cool Chemistry Concoctions: 50 Formulas that Fizz, Foam, Splatter and Ooze. Joe Rhatigan & Veronika Gunter. Lark Books, 2005.