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FYI -- the awards were announced at the AAAS Annual Meeting this past
Chair, SB&F Prizes 

Terrence E. Young, Jr., M.Ed., MLS 
author, "School Libraries Work! Updated 2006" 
Librarian, Jefferson Parish Public School System; 
Adjunct Instructor of Library Science, Univ of New Orleans & LSU School of
Library & Information Science; 
NetWorth columnist: Knowledge Quest 
Writer/Reviewer: Library Media Connection, Science Books & Films, School
Library Journal, Book Links 






EMBARGOED: Not for Release Until

3:30 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time 

Wednesday, 14 February 2007





Contacts: Lonnie Shekhtman, 202-326-6434,  <>

Lisa Fleming, 856-488-5093,


Authors, Illustrator Win AAAS/Subaru SB&F

Prize for Excellence in Science Books 

Sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc.


SAN FRANCISCO — Four authors and an illustrator of children’s science books
won the 2007 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for
recently published works that promote scientific literacy, are
scientifically sound, and foster an understanding and appreciation of
science in readers of all ages.


The prizes are being awarded for individual books in four categories:
Children’s Science Picture Books, Middle Grades Nonfiction Science Books,
Young Adult Science Book and Hands-on Science/Activity Book. The winners
were selected by a judging panel, and will receive a cash prize of $1,500
and a plaque.


"These prizes recognize the importance of science books for children and
young people that engage these readers by being clever and entertaining,
while teaching them about science in the process," said Alan I. Leshner,
chief executive officer at the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of its journal, Science.


The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates
outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.
AAAS and Subaru co-sponsor these prizes to promote science literacy by
drawing attention to the importance of good science writing and


“Subaru would like to congratulate the award winners for their outstanding
contribution to science writing and illustration,” said Tim Mahoney, Subaru
of America Inc.  “This type of contribution is one that is recognized today,
but can be appreciated for generations to come.”


The 2007 recipients are:


Children’s Science Picture Book


An Egg Is Quiet

Author: Dianna Aston

Illustrator: Sylvia Long 

Chronicle Books, 2006


Striking and accurate drawings of all types of eggs—from the very tiny blue
crab egg to the hefty ostrich egg—bring this book to life. The beautiful
illustrations and simple yet informative text show why eggs are different
shapes (seabird eggs are pointy at one end, so they roll around in safe
little circles, not off the cliff), colors (to camouflage themselves), and
textures (amphibian eggs are “gooey”, which keeps them from drying out). The
author excellently captures the incredible variety of eggs while celebrating

their form and function.


Middle Grades Nonfiction Science Book


Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

Author: Catherine Thimmesh

Houghton Mifflin, 2006


This book takes readers behind the scenes of the mission that first placed
humans on the Moon—dramatically telling, for example, the story of the
near-catastrophe the astronauts faced when they were less than 35,000 feet
from the lunar surface. The pictures do the story full justice, and it was
good to see the emphasis on the team who made an historic event possible.
Team Moon was also honored with the American Library Association’s 2007
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. 


Young Adult Science Book


Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations 

Author: Eric Dinerstein

Island Press, 2005


Through a series of autobiographical essays, the author recounts his efforts
to preserve wildlife and wildlands. He describes his not-always-enjoyable
adventures seeking tigers in Nepal, giant river otters on the Orinoco, snow
leopards in Kashmir, and bats in Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest. There
are encounters with wildebeest on the Serengeti, the ancient vegetation of
New Caledonia, prairie dogs and bison on North America’s Great Plains, and
the fauna and flora (endemic and introduced) of the Galápagos. Woven into
his narrative are portraits of environmentalists and considerations of
critical conservation issues such as ecotourism, habitat fragmentation, and
ecosystem restoration. The book provides a quiet yet compelling introduction
to conservation biology.


Hands-On Science/Activity Books


Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities. 

Author: Laurie Carlson

Chicago Review Press, 2006


The author uses the life and inventions of Thomas Edison to inspire a new
generation of curious minds. Young readers will find an excellent
introduction to the relations among science, technology, and society. That
perspective on the history and nature of science provides the backdrop for
descriptions of Edison’s curiosity, experimentation, inductive reasoning,
and many inventions. Each chapter in the chronological narrative is
strengthened by the inclusion of two or three related hands-on activities.
For example, students can build a simple circuit to test various materials
for electrical conductivity. 




The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates
outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.
The Prize began in 2005 by looking back on decades of outstanding science
books and honoring five authors and one illustrator for their significant
and lasting contribution to children's and young adult science literature
and illustration. As of 2006, the Prize honors recently published,
individual science books. 


The prizes are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality
science books for all age groups. 


* * *


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the
world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal,
Science ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and serves 262
affiliated societies and academies of science, reaching 10 million
individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed
general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of
1 million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills
its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in
science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the
latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier
science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.


About Subaru of America, Inc. 

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company
markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts
and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United
States.  Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America
based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar
year-end 2004.  For additional information visit  <>


Since 1965, Science Books & Films (SB&F) has been the authoritative guide to
science resources, bringing expert information to bear on choices of
materials for a library, classroom or institution. Published by AAAS, SB&F
is the only critical review journal devoted exclusively to print and
nonprint materials in all of the sciences and for all age groups. Every
year, SB&F ( ) evaluates nearly 1,000 books, videos, DVDs
and software packages for general audiences, professionals, teachers and
students from kindergarten through college.


The awards will be bestowed at the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco
on 17 February. (See For more information on
these or other AAAS awards, go to


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AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, dedicated to

“Advancing science · Serving society.”

Heather Malcomson
Senior Program Associate
1200 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20005
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