This AAA/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books is given to the book that in any given year best meets the following criteria:
The book is appropriate for children in grades K-4. The book contains no serious errors or deficiencies in explanations of science content or processes. Although written for young children, the book successfully examines important scientific concepts without perpetuating stereotypes or misconceptions. The book has a clear purpose, is well-organized, and the scientific concepts are accurately presented. In accordance with Project 2061’s Science for All Americans, the book must support the development in young people of positive attitudes toward learning science, mathematics and technology. When fitting, the book shows that doing science engages people of all ages and backgrounds. The illustrations engage the young reader and enhance the text. The illustrations accurately depict the scientific concepts being examined. The illustrations provide an alternate way for students to examine the concepts being discussed in the text. The illustrations show children of different backgrounds involved in science.