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Outstanding Science

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Outstanding Science

A joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the CBC since 1973, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 represents the year’s best books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators.

The annotated bibliographies feature titles published in the previous calendar year and selected by a book review committee appointed by the NSTA. Titles are grouped by category, including: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology; Biography; Earth and Space Science; Environment and Ecology; Life Science; Physical Science; and Technology and Engineering. Each annotation contains bibliographic data.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (2018)


Order full-color copies of the lists!

Full-color copies of the annotated list are available for $5 per copy (includes S&H). Please make checks payable to the Children’s Book Council and send to:

The Children’s Book Council, ATTN: Science
54 West 39th Street, 14th floor
New York, NY 10018

NSTA members interested in joining the Outstanding Science Trade Books review committee should communicate their interest to the NSTA President-Elect.

Publishers: How to Submit

The submission period for the 2018 list is closed. Come back Spring 2018 to learn about the submission period for the 2019 list.

You can always prepare for next year by looking at the 2018 guidelines and criteria as reference:
Review Submission Guidelines
Selection Criteria


Please contact Laura Peraza with any questions about submitting your titles

For full instructions on how to submit to all of our CBC BEST lists, click here.

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