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Cybils: Honoring Some of the Best STEM Books of 2013


Yay! The Cybils award winners were announced today.


Quite a few strong STEM books were nominated in the Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction category last year and four made it to the finalist round.

The three runner-ups were:


The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham is a rare treat. This picture book biography explores the life of mathematician Paul Erdös, with the important messages that math can be exciting and interesting and that it is okay to be different from everyone else. Heiligman’s passion for her topic shines through.

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Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Susan Swan

Previously reviewed here at STEM Friday


How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge places dinosaurs next to common objects to give children something concrete to which to compare. Children will probably be surprised how small some of the dinosaurs were. Towards the back of the book there is a double fold out section that explains more about each dinosaur. Unless you are a dinosaur expert, you might want to look at that section first because it contains pronunciation guides to some of the tongue-twister names you’ll need to learn.

Previous reviews:


And the winner is:

Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

LeBlanc uses a conversational style and fun cartoon illustrations sure to attract some new interest in birdwatching.

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My debut picture book, HOW TO BUILD AN INSECT came out April 6, 2021. Trained as a scientist, I blog about science and nature at Growing With Science and about children's books at Wrapped in Foil.

4 thoughts on “Cybils: Honoring Some of the Best STEM Books of 2013

  1. Those are all great books – especially “Look Up”! This week, instead of a book, I’m reviewing the activities at the bird feeder.

  2. Thanks for featuring these books! All of these titles are terrific.