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Engaging Young People with a Good Book



AAAS Science Books & Films encourages young minds to explore science. | AAAS/Suzanne Thurston

Now, you can help us raising money for our program, Science Books & Film!

  • With $10, you can send a nonfiction science book to a high school library
  • With $25, you can help a teacher create a lesson plan around a science book
  • And with $50, you’ll be helping to bring a science book author into a classroom

We're partnering with GoodWorld to process the donations through Facebook and Twitter.

To donate on Twitter, go to @SBFOnline and RT their pinned tweet (we’ll add a link when it goes live) with "#Donate $25 to @SBFOnline" We will reply with a quick form to confirm.

To donate on Facebook, go to SBFOnline and comment with "#Donate $25"

Between now and the end of the year, GoodWorld will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $10 per donation and $100,000 toward our campaign.

If we raise $2,500 by December 31, Andrea Beaty will read her new book, Ada Twist, Scientist at our Annual Meeting in February, and we will broadcast it on Facebook Live!

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What do these books have in common? Intrigue, exploration, good stories, interesting illustrations, and science. Books are an indispensable tool in piquing curiosity and in encouraging young minds to explore science.

But, as a parent, a teacher, or a librarian, it isn’t always easy to sift through the thousands of books and other materials produced each year to know which are best for children and young adults.

For over 50 years, AAAS’s Science Books & Films—an online global critical review journal devoted exclusively to print and non-print materials in all of the sciences for all age groups—has been the authoritative guide to science resources. The journal provides librarians and other educators the expert information they need to make the best decisions when choosing science materials for their libraries, classrooms, or institutions. All materials are carefully reviewed for scientific accuracy by an expert team of scientists in academia and industry, teachers, librarians, and other science professionals who all share a passion for science education and literacy.

Beyond the journal, SB&F also conducts a variety of outreach programs to help get great science books into classrooms and libraries. For the past 10 years, the program has worked to facilitate donations to needy schools across the country along with partners such as Subaru of America and others. Just this summer Subaru and AAAS donated nearly 50,000 books to schools across the country.

Each year, the program celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults through the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, a ceremony held at the AAAS Annual Meeting. A full list of the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F finalists, including the titles listed above, is available here.