Science Rocks!

When I was young, science was my favorite subject in school and I was always on the lookout for interesting books on science topics. Today teachers, librarians, and young readers are still hunting for great STEM books. Fortunately, it seems more and more wonderful science titles are being published lately.

Every year I look forward to reading the new titles on the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 list. So I’m pleased to announce their 2018 list released today! This selection of wonderful science children’s books is a cooperative project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC). This year’s list includes 53 exceptional titles, which the NSTA press release says includes “topics that range from aardvarks to elephants, seagrass to solar systems and features brilliantly illustrated picture books, thoughtful stories, captivating text and inspiring ideas.”



To celebrate the new 2018 list, Picture Book Builders is pleased to welcome Laura Peraza (Children’s Book Council Design & Content Manager) to our blog. Laura kindly answered a few questions about their exciting science book list.


But the CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books list is that it’s more just than a list — it’s a valuable, go-to resource for teachers, librarians, and curious readers. Teachers I’ve met at book events and school visits have shared how titles on this list have helped motivate their “reluctant” readers, inspired students to investigate new science topics, and encouraged their science-focused children to improve their reading skills. How awesome is that?

This post features a few of the gorgeous book covers on this year’s list, but you probably can’t wait to check them all out.

So here it is — the 2018 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. Enjoy!

(And please leave a comment and share your favorite science pb)
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Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at:


  1. I see some very interesting titles there! Thanks for sharing! Exciting!

  2. Kids are so lucky, today, to have an amazing and ever-growing array of science titles to choose from! Something for everybody!

  3. Congrats to all the winners! I LOVE science & nature books :).

  4. Science teachers and elementary students will want to get their hands on these books.

  5. Such great books. Lucky readers!

  6. Wow, great post, Suzanne! It’s so wonderful to see Science reaching kids in such a relatable, visual, creative way!

  7. Sounds like an excellent resource, Suzanne. Thank you!

  8. Science books have come such a long ways from those dry, textbook things of the past. I’ve read five of the nine whose covers you posted, Suzanne, and they all absolutely ooze with kid appeal. Will definitely have to check out the full list.

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