SB&F Prize Children’s Science Picture Book Longlist Announced

Eight titles made the longlist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science picture book prize.

The longlist for the 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for Children’s Science Picture Book has been announced. The prize honors outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. Awards will also be presented for best middle grade, YA, and hands-on science books.

The children’s picture book longlist titles are:

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs, Kate Messner, illus. by Matthew Forsythe. Chronicle, 2018.




The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos, Sandra Markle. Millbrook, 2018.



A House in the Sky: And Other Uncommon Animal Homes, Steve Jenkins, illus. by Robbin Gourley. Charlesbridge, 2018.




Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet, Elizabeth Suneby, illus. by Rebecca Green. Kids Can, 2018.




It Starts with a Seed: Watch a Tiny Seed Grow into a Wildlife Wonderland, Laura Knowles, illus. by Jennie Webber. words & pictures, 2017.




Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book, Kevin Kurtz. Arbordale, 2017.




Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, Nicola Davies, illus. by Emily Sutton. Candlewick, 2017.




What Do They Do with All That Poo?, Jane Kurtz, illus. by Allison Black. Simon & Schuster, 2018.



Finalists for the 2019 prize will be named in October, and winners in all categories will be announced at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC, February 14–17, 2019.

To be considered in the picture book category, titles must be appropriate for children in grades K–4; contain no serious errors or deficiencies in explanations of science content or processes; successfully examine important scientific concepts without perpetuating stereotypes or misconceptions; and “when fitting” show that science engages men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books began in 2005 by honoring five authors and one illustrator for “significant and lasting contributions” to children's and young adult science literature and illustration. In 2006, it started celebrating recently published science books.


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