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Outstanding Science

Outstanding Science

A list that represents each year’s best science books, chosen by science educators.

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 science books, chosen by science educators.


2021 submissions are open June 1 – July 2, 2020.



Previous years

View titles selected annually since 1996

Full-color copies of this year’s annotated list are available, please email Laura Peraza.

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.


Selection Process

Books should have value for both classroom studies and library collections supporting students’s work. The selection panel looks for well-presented books that contain substantial science content; that are clear, accurate, and up-to-date. Books need to reflect current scientific research.


Submission Process

2021 submissions are open June 1 – July 2, 2020. Only submissions from trade publishing companies or divisions will be accepted. Titles must be published in 2020. For full guidelines, eligibility, fees, and instructions please check out our submissions page.

Email Laura Peraza at laura.peraza@cbcbooks.org with questions about the Outstanding Science Trade Books list.


PUBLISHERS: Learn more about other Best Of Lists here or about the benefits of membership here.

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


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