Libri scientifici per ragazzi: la selezione di Science


La prestigiosa rivista Science pubblica sul suo numero dell’8 dicembre un articolo dal titolo Science Books for Fun and Learning—
Some Recommendations from 2006

Vengono presentati i libri finalisti del premio Science Books and Films Prizes for Excellence in Science Books 2007, per la diffusione e la promozione della cultura scientifica tra i più giovani.

Quattro le categorie contemplate:

  1. children’s science picture book
  2. middle grades science book
  3. young adult science book
  4. hands-on science/activity book

Ecco le nominations:

Categoria children’s science picture book:

  • Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! / Kathleen V. Kudlinski, with illustrations by S. D. Schindler. Dutton Children’s, New York, 2005. 32 pp. $15.99. ISBN 0-525-46978-8.
  • An Egg Is Quiet/ Dianna Aston, with illustrations by Sylvia Long. Chronicle, San Francisco, 2006. 30 pp. $16.95. ISBN 0-8118-4428-5.
  • Marvelous Mattie / How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor. Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 2006. 32 pp. $16. ISBN 0-374-34810-3.
  • What Is Science? / Rebecca Kai Dotlich, with illustrations by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Holt, New York, 2006. 32 pp. $16.95. ISBN 0-8050-7394-9.
  • Wings of Light. The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly / Stephen R. Swinburne, with illustrations by Bruce Hiscock. Boyds Mills, Honesdale, PA, 2006. 32 pp. $15.95. ISBN 1-59078-082-5.

Categoria middle grades science book:


  • A Dangerous Engine / Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat. Joan Dash, with illustrations by Dus˘an Petric˘ic´. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 2006. 256 pp. $17. ISBN 0-374-30669-9.
  • ER Vets. Life in an Animal Emergency Room / Donna M. Jackson. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2005. 66 pp. $17. ISBN 0-618-43663-4.
  • Team Moon. How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon / Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2006. 80 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0-618-
  • Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People / Albert Marrin. Dutton Children’s,
    New York, 2005. 48 pp. $16.99. ISBN 0-525-47762-4.

Categoria young adult science book


  • Bone Detective. The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France / Lorraine Jean Hopping. Joseph Henry, Washington, DC, 2005. 128 pp. Paper, $9.95. ISBN 0-309-09550-6. Women’s Adventures in Science.
  • Cool Stuff and How It Works / Chris Woodford et al. DK, New York, 2005. 256 pp. $24.99, C$32.99 ISBN 0-7566-1465-1.
  • Lost Mountain. A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness. Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia / Erik Reece. Riverhead, New York, 2006. 269 pp. $24.95. ISBN 1-59448-908-4.
  • Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations / Eric Dinerstein. Island, Washington, DC, 2006. 288 pp. $25.95. ISBN 1-55963-578-9.

Categoriahands-on science/activity book


  • Lowdown on Earthworms / Norma Dixon. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Markham, ON, Canada, 2005. 32 pp. $16.95, C$19.95. ISBN 1-55005-114-8.
  • Thomas Edison for Kids. His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities / Laurie Carlson. Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 2006. 160 pp. Paper, $14.95, C$20.95. ISBN 1-55652-584-2.
  • The Great Graph Contest / Loreen Leedy. Holiday House, New York, 2005. 32 pp. $16.95. ISBN 0-8234- 1710-7. Paper, 2006. $6.95. ISBN 0-8234-2029-9.
  • Forgery. Crime-Solving Science Experiments / Kenneth G. Rainis. Enslow, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 2006. 128 pp. $31.93. ISBN 0-7660-1961-6. Forensic Science Projects.

Sicuramente molto americana come selezione ma ci piace per la “contaminazione”; anche Science parla di letteratua per ragazzi!

Fonte: Heather Malcomson, Barbara Jasny, and Sherman Suter
Science 8 December 2006 314: 1543-1545 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1137746] (in Books)



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