Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Science Accuracy in Kids' Books

Thanks to Tasha at Kids Lit, I now have a great site to check for accuracy in kids' science books. It seems Marianne Dyson, a former NASA flight controller and children's author, has created a site that "grades" science books (both fiction and non-fiction) for accuracy in scientific knowledge:
help young people (and educators) choose nonfiction books that are accurate, and science fiction books that will not fill their heads with misconceptions such as that a lack of air produces weightlessness. The reviews focus on books dealing with space, physics, astronomy, technology, and space history because these are my areas of expertise. If a book also contains science in other areas such as biology, geology, or computers, its accuracy in those areas was not assessed and was not a factor in my rating.

She only has a dozen non-fiction and a dozen fiction books reviewed now, but at least it's a start!

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