Books et al.SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books

Best books for curious kids

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Science  08 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6368, pp. 1244-1250
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4308

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How does the Moon's influence on Earth's wobble affect the weather? Which animal earns the title of the world's deadliest? Can the Arctic undergo a drought? Even adults may struggle to articulate the answers to these seemingly simple questions. Fear not: This year's finalists for the Science Books and Films (SB&F) Prizes for Excellence in Science Books have you covered. Sponsored by Subaru and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; the publisher of Science), this competi­tion celebrates books that promote science literacy among children and young adults and encourages the publication of high-quality science books for young readers. Winners in each category will be announced at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, in February 2018. Until then, read on for reviews of the finalists written by the staff of the Science fam­ily of journals, with help from a few friends.