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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have joined forces on this bibliographic project since 1973, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and was primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.


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Awards by Year

2020 All In a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World - Lori Alexander


2020 Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life - Anna Claybourne 


2020 Anna and Samia: The True Story of Saving a Black Rhino by Paul Meisel


2020 Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel (A Young Reader's Adaption) - Carl Safina


2020 A Book About Whales - Andrea Antinori 


2020 The Butterfly House - Katy Flint


2020 A Computer Called Katherine - Suzanne Slade


2020 Counting the Stars, the Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician - Lesa Cline-Ransome


2020 Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage - Fabien Grolleau 


2020 Dreaming in Code, Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer - Emily Arnold McCully 


2020 Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World - Mike Winchell


2020 Evelyn, the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter - Christine Evans


2020 Exemplary Evidence: Scientists and their Data - Jessica Fried-Gaither


2020 Fanatical About Frogs - Owen Davey


2020 The Frog Book - Steve Jenkins and Robin Page


2020 Hawking - Jim Ottaviani


2020 Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor - Laurie Wallmark


2020 Homes In the Wild: Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live - Lita Judge


2020 Hummingbird - Nicola Davies


2020 Instruction Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future - Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn


2020 Into the Deep: An Exploration of Our Oceans - Wolfgang Dreyer


2020 Look Up with Me, Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars - Jennifer Berne


2020 Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet - Elizabeth Rusch


2020 Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys - Mike Unwin


2020 Moth: An Evolution Story - Isabel Thomas


2020 Nine Months - Miranda Paul 


2020 Nose Knows: Wild Ways Animals Smell the World - Emmanuelle Figueras 


2020 Not a Butterfly Alphabet Books - Jerry Pallotta


2020 Now You Know What You Eat - Valorie Fisher


2020 One Iguana, Two Iguanas: A Story of Accident, Natural Selection, and Evolution - Sneed B. Collard


2020 Overview, Young Explorer's Edition: A New Way of Seeing Earth - Benjamin Grant with Sandra Markle


2020 Paper World Planet - Bomboland


2020 The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs - Gail Jarrow


2020 Pollen: Darwin's 130-Year Prediction - Darcy Pattison


2020 Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge - Rachel Dougherty


2020 Titanosaur: Discovering the World's Largest Dinosaur - Dr. José Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol 


2020 Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans - Anita Silvey


2020 Unseen Worlds - Helene Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt


2020 What Miss Mitchell Saw - Hayley Barrett


2020 Wilderness: Earth's Amazing Habitats - Mia Cassany


2020 Woolly Monkey Mysteries: The Quest to Save a Rain Forest Species - Sandra Markle


2020 The Wonders of Nature - Ben Haore


2018 ABC's from Space - Adam Voiland QB631.4 .V64 2017


2018 Botanicum - K.J. Willis QK49.W553 2017


2018 Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant - Songju Ma Daemicke E DAE


2018 Caroline's Comets - Emily Arnold McCully QB36.H5978.M33 2017


2018 Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done - Andrea Gonzales QA76.6 .G643 2018


2018 The Girl who Thought in Pictures - Julia Finley Mosca SF33.G67 M67 2017


2018 Feathers and Hair : What Animals Wear - Jennifer Ward QL942 .W37 2017


2018 It's a Fungus Among Us - Carla Billups QK603.5 .B55 2017


2018 Helloflo: The Guide, Period - Naama Bloom QP84.4 .B56 2017


2018 Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me - Pendred Noyce FIC NOY


2018 The Secret Project - Jonah Winter QC773.3.U5 W55 2017


2018 Over and Under the Pond - Kate Messner QH541.5.P63 M47 2017


2018 The Street Beneath my Feet - Charlotte Guillain QE511.G85 2017


2018 Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World - Laurie Lawlor Q141 .L4235 2017


2018 When the Sun goes Dark - Andrew Fraknoi QB541.5 .F73 2017


2018 Margaret and the Moon - Dean Robbins QA76.H36 R63 2017


2017 Bubonic Panic - Gail Jarrow A644.P7 J37 2016


2017 Charles Darwin's Around the World Adventure - Jennifer Thermes QH31.D2 T424 2016


2017 The Great White Shark Scientist - Sy Montgomery QH91.3 .S575 2016


2017 Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz SF433 .H73 2016


2017 If you are a kaka you eat doo doo - Sara Martel QL768 .M3735 2016


2017 Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions - Chris Barton T40.J585 B37 2016


2017 Story of Seeds: From Medel's Garden to your Plate, and how there's more of less to eat Around the World - Nancy Fusco Castaldo SB117.2 .C37 2016


2017 Radioactive! : How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World - Winifred Conkling QC774.J65 C66 2017


2016 The Fantastic Ferris Wheel - Betsy Harvey Kraft TA140.F455 K73 2015