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Selection and Evaluation of Trade Books

What criteria is helpful in selecting and evaluating science-related trade books?

All books are not created equal. As you browse, it may be helpful to think about some of the following criteria in evaluating and selecting books:

You may also be interested in the selection and evaluation criteria used by the committee that selects the Outstanding Science Trade Books each year. Read about their criteria at http://www.nsta.org/ostbs03#process.

What resources are available to help identify science-related trade books?

There are a wide variety of print and electronic resources available to help you become familiar with science-related children's literature. The following resources are recommended to help you get started with your exploration.

Search It! Science

Search It! Science is a specialized web-based search engine and database that allows readers, teachers, and librarians to search for appropriate science-related titles by combining their concerns: topics, genre, grade level, length, etc. Searches can be broadened or narrowed with the touch of a key, and a bibliography that might normally take a librarian 4-5 hours to construct is available in less than a minute. Over four thousand high-quality books are included in this selective database. Try out Search It! Science at: http://searchit.heinemann.com.

Award and Notable Book Lists

Science/Information Book Awards
Other Notable Book Awards

Review Journals

Other related resources

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.