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Outstanding Science

Outstanding Science

A list that represents the year’s best books for science classrooms, 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 books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators.

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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’ 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

2020 submissions are NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 12, 2019. Only submissions from trade publishing companies or divisions will be accepted. Titles must be published in 2019 (some exceptions can be made for books published in November or December 2018, contact us for details).

Read carefully the 2020 Outstanding Science Submissions Call for eligibility and submission guidelines.

You can submit using the Spreadsheet — Download the 2020 Submission Spreadsheet, fill it out, and email it to Laura.Peraza@cbcbooks.org. The spreadsheet contains five different tabs, one tab for each corresponding Best Of list. Please be sure to enter your title information in the correct sheet(s).

You will receive a confirmation email with next steps when we receive your submission email with the spreadsheet.

NOTE: The Spreadsheet must be completed and emailed by July 12, 2019 but books do not need to be shipped at this time (shipping instructions will come after submissions).

Find the Submission Process of all Best Of lists here.

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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