Middle Grades Science Book Winners

This award is given to the book that in any given year best meets the following criteria:

  • The book is appropriate for children in grades 5-8.

  • The book contains no serious errors or deficiencies in explanations of science content or processes.

  • The book has a clear purpose, is well-organized, and the scientific concepts are accurately presented.

  • In accordance with Project 2061’s Nature of Science benchmark, the book should engage early adolescents in science and encourage them to reflect on the science they are engaged in.

  • The science portrayed in the book is open to inquiry and should encourage the reader to ask questions.

  • When fitting, the book shows that men and women of different ages and backgrounds are involved in science.