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IN-STAR: Indiana Science Tradebook Annual Reading List

The INSTAR list selects recent, exemplary science tradebooks aligned to Indiana science indicators and utilizes nine criteria to evaluate books. 2012 List2013 List

  1. The book has substantial science content;

  2. Information is clear, accurate, and up to date;

  3. Theories and facts are clearly distinguished;

  4. Facts are not oversimplified to the point where the information is misleading;

  5. Generalizations are supported by facts and significant facts are not omitted;

  6. Books are free of gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic bias;

  7. Information can be connected to an Indiana Core Standard in Science for grades K-6;

  8. Books are readily available in public libraries or bookstores; and

  9. Books have received at least one positive review in one of the identified professional journals: Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Science and Children (NSTA).

We welcome, and would very much appreciate, nominations as we begin to compile a list for next year. For more information, professional development, or inquiries please feel free to .

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