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SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, 2006-2017

SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, 2006-2017

Resources for a selection of titles recognized for this award since its inception in 2006 -- recognizing outstanding science writing and illustration

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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The
  • by Rebecca Skloot
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2011)
  • Multimedia Resources: 24
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    Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
  • by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2013)
    Cook Prize (Honor, 2013)
  • Multimedia Resources: 17
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    Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • by Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2015)
    Green Earth Award (Winner, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 16
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    Egg Is Quiet, An
  • by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2007)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Commended, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 15
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    Vulture View
  • by April Pulley Sayre and Steve Jenkins
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
    Geisel Award (Honor, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 15
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    Skull in the Rock, The: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins
  • by Lee Berger and Marc Aronson
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 14
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    Sixth Extinction, The: An Unnatural History
  • by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 14
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    Wolves Are Back, The
  • by Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 14
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    Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World
  • by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2008)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Commended, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 13
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    Egg: Nature's Perfect Package
  • by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
  • Multimedia Resources: 13
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    How to Swallow a Pig: Step-By-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
  • by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • Multimedia Resources: 13
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    Redwoods
  • by Jason Chin
  • Multimedia Resources: 12
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    Frog Scientist, The
  • by Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins
  • Multimedia Resources: 12
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    Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life
  • by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 12
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    Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
  • by Annette LeBlanc Cate
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2014)
    Sibert Medal (Honor, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 11
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    Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
  • by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz
  • Multimedia Resources: 11
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    Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth
  • by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 11
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    Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge, The
  • by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2011)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2011)
  • Multimedia Resources: 11
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    Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
  • by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 11
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    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
  • by Carlo Rovelli
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 10
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    George Washington Carver
  • by Tonya Bolden
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Honor, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 10
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    Things That Float and Things That Don't
  • by David A. Adler and Anna Raff
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Case of the Vanishing Honeybees, The: A Scientific Mystery
  • by Sandra Markle
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2015)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed
  • by David M. Schwartz, Yael Schy, and Dwight Kuhn
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
  • by Brian Floca
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
    Sibert Medal (Honor, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold
  • by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree
  • by Kate Messner and Simona Mulazzani
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 9
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    Beetle Is Shy, A
  • by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives
  • by Elizabeth Rusch and Tom Uhlman
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Honor, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Too Hot? Too Cold?: Keeping Body Temperature Just Right
  • by Caroline Arnold and Annie Patterson
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust
  • by April Pulley Sayre and Ann Jonas
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Mother's Journey, A
  • by Sandra Markle and Alan Marks
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2006)
    BGHB Awards (Honor, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Eggs
  • by Marilyn Singer and Emma Stevenson
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    What's Eating You?: Parasites -- The Inside Story
  • by Nicola Davies and Neal Layton
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • by Randall Munroe
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 8
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    Because of an Acorn
  • by Lola M. Schaefer, Adam Schaefer, and Frann Preston-Gannon
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Great Monkey Rescue, The: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
  • by Sandra Markle
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter
  • by Mary Alice Monroe and Barbara J. Bergwerf
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
  • by Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
  • by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall
  • by Anita Silvey
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2016)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them
  • by Terri Farley and Melissa Farlow
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Octopus Scientists, The
  • by Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen
  • Multimedia Resources: 7
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    Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food
  • by Shelley Rotner
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Plant a Pocket of Prairie
  • by Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor
  • by Emily Arnold McCully
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Great Graph Contest, The
  • by Loreen Leedy
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down
  • by David A. Adler and Edward Miller
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Salamander Season
  • by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs
  • by Lisa Kahn Schnell and Alan Marks
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Spidermania: Friends on the Web
  • by Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel
  • Multimedia Resources: 6
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    Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird
  • by Pamela S. Turner, Guido De Filippo, and Andy Comins
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden
  • by George Ancona
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs!
  • by Kathleen V. Kudlinski and S.D. Schindler
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Brook Book, The: Exploring the Smallest Streams
  • by Jim Arnosky
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
  • by Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. and Luis V. Rey
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Prairie Builders, The: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands
  • by Sneed B. Collard, III
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    ER Vets
  • by Donna M. Jackson
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Honor, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Wings
  • by Sneed B. Collard, III and Robin Brickman
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Mosquito Bite
  • by Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2006)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Honor, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet
  • by Francesca Davis DiPiazza
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World
  • by Michelle Mulder
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Fire Birds
  • by Sneed B. Collard, III
  • Multimedia Resources: 5
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    Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More; A History with 21 Activities
  • by Mary Kay Carson
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Wild Horse Scientists
  • by Kay Frydenborg
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Mission: Mars
  • by Pascal Lee
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
  • by Pamela S. Turner
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Babies in the Bayou
  • by Jim Arnosky
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came from
  • by Catherine Thimmesh
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, The: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists
  • by Sean Connolly
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2011)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
  • by Cheryl Bardoe and Jos. A. Smith
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
    Orbis Pictus Award (Honor, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
  • by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
  • by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    What Is Science?
  • by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Sachiko Yoshikawa
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
  • by Joshua Davis
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool
  • by Doug Wechsler
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful
  • by Laurence Pringle and Meryl Henderson
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 4
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    Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things
  • by M.R. O'Connor
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival
  • by Sneed B. Collard, III
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Letters to a Young Scientist
  • by Edward Osborne Wilson
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Gulp.: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • by Mary Roach
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
  • by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Life on Earth - And Beyond: An Astrobiologist's Quest
  • by Pamela S. Turner
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
  • by James M. Deem
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
    Sibert Medal (Honor, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Cool Chemistry Concoctions: 50 Formulas That Fizz, Foam, Splatter & Ooze
  • by Joe Rhatigan, Veronika Alice Gunter, and Tom LaBaff
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet
  • by Alexandra Siy
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Wild Trees, The: A Story of Passion and Daring
  • by Richard Preston
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas
  • by Laurie Winn Carlson
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Lab Girl
  • by Hope Jahren
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 3
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    Cell, The: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life
  • by Jack Challoner
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff
  • by Tammy Enz and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin
  • by Michael D. Lemonick
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell
  • by Judith L. Li and M.L. Herring
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2014)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
  • by Emily Anthes
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2014)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature, The
  • by Laszlo Veres
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2015)
    Green Earth Award (Honor, 2015)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Oh, Rats!: The Story of Rats and People
  • by Albert Marrin and C.B. Mordan
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Exploratopia: More Than 400 Kid-Friendly Experiments and Explorations for Curious Minds
  • by Pat Murphy and Ellen Macaulay
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd
  • by Karsten Heuer
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France
  • by Lorraine Jean Hopping
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations
  • by Eric Dinerstein
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2007)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Dinosaur Eggs Discovered!: Unscrambling the Clues
  • by Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chiappe, and Rodolfo A. Coria
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2008)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
  • by Thor Hanson
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2012)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Chicken Followed Me Home, A: Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl
  • by Robin Page
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    How to Spy on a Shark
  • by Lori Haskins Houran and Francisca Marquez
  • SB&F Prize (Commended, 2016)
  • Multimedia Resources: 2
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    Outside: A Complete Guide to Discovering Nature
  • by Ines Teixeira Do Rosari, Maria Ana Peixe Dias, and Bernardo Carvalho
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports
  • by Simon Shapiro
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers
  • by Sara C. Levine
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2017)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    What Bluebirds Do
  • by Pamela F. Kirby
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    Survivors Club, The: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life
  • by Ben Sherwood
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2010)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    Guinea Pig Scientists
  • by Mel Boring, Leslie A. Dendy, and C.B. Mordan
  • SB&F Prize (Finalist, 2006)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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    True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
  • by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
  • SB&F Prize (Winner, 2009)
  • Multimedia Resources: 1
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