December 6, 2012 Resources

'Tis the Season for the "Bests"

New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2012
Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books 2012
The Guardian's Best Children's Books of 2012 The Guardian also has a website devoted to Children's Books with reviews by young readers, And Q& A and video interviews with authors.
ALSC's 2012 Notable Children's Books
Reading Rockets Books as Gifts 2012 Guide The Reading Rockets sitealso has over 100 video interviews with children's authors and illustrators and many more resources. They even have widgets that add new Reading Rockets content to your website, blog, or web start page, like iGoogle. The content updates automatically.

Expanding Your Collection of Science Books

NSTA has posted their Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2013 (Books published in 2012). Links to activities and more information will be included in the fully annotated list that will be published in March. "Each year for the past 39, experienced NSTA educators have joined with the Children’s Book Council to identify the very best, selecting from hundreds of nominees and then meeting to consider their accuracy, creativity and the way in which they convey the practices of science. To be called truly outstanding a book must not only excel in those criteria, but also grab the heart of the reader." Previous year's lists are also posted.
NSTA Recommends offers thoughtful, objective recommendations of science-teaching materials and books. Only products that are reviewed favorably make their way into NSTA Recommends.The search tool here is especially useful for recent reviews.

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books: 2013 finalists have been announced for Children's Science Picture Book, Middle School Science Book and Hands-On Science. Also see the 2012 winners

The Royal Society's Young People's Book Prizecelebrates the best books that communicate science to readers under age 14. An adult judging panel selects a shortlist of 6 books. The winner is selected by judging panels of young people from across the UK. Here's a list of the shortlisted books as well as the winners, and summaries of the 2012 shortlist and summaries of the 2011 nominees.

The Smithsonian's Surprising Science blog points to Ten Great Science Books for Kidsand Great Science Books for Little Ones from Dec.2010.

Science on the Web:

NOAA’s Ocean Today website added its 100th video. These brief clips are embedded in the NOAA site, not as YouTube videos so should be accessible in school libraries and classrooms.
Take a look at NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory: The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season in 4.5 Minutes. Watch cloud patterns and movements, or move to the 3:36 time when Hurricane Sandy first appears. This NOAA site has many other animations and photographs.

A new room awaits kids on the NASA Kids’ Club website: The Clubhouse, accessible from the mission control console on the NASA Kids’ Club page (click on the center image of the space station), includes games and interactive features designed for K-4 students.

SLJ's Top Ten Tech: 2012 by Joyce Valenza

NYT Student Contest: The Year in Rap

Open to students age 13 - 25.