Reading for Science Literacy
For more than 45 years, SB&F (Science Books & Films), AAAS’s online internationally-recognized critical review journal, has evaluated nearly 1,000 print and non-print science materials annually to find the best materials available for all audiences from kindergarteners to college students, parents, teachers, and librarians. At this year’s AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, SB&F debuted its Best Books of 2012  issue featuring an editorial by Project 2061 Director Jo Ellen Roseman, a biochemist by training. Recalling the books that sparked her own early interest in science, Roseman also notes that science has now become an important context for learning across the curriculum, citing recommendations in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and in the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education. “High-quality science books can not only inform, entertain and engage young people,” writes Roseman, “they can also motivate and help young people to become better readers, writers, and thinkers.”
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