Here are the finalists for the 2011 prizes. The winners are marked with an asterisk.
Children’s Science Picture Book
Bones. Steven Jenkins. (Illus.) Scholastic, 2010.
Lizards. Nic Bishop. (Illus.) Scholastic, 2010.
*Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge. Joanna Cole. (Illus. by Bruce Degen; from the Magic School Bus Series.) Scholastic, 2010.
Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? Robert E. Well. (Illus.) Albert Whitman & Company, 2010.
Middle Grades Science Book
*The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. Loree Griffin Burns. (Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz; from the Scientists in the Field Series.) Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Largest Parrot. Sy Montgomery. (Photographs by Nic Bishop; from the Scientists in the Field Series.) Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing. Susan Jermain. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder. Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson. (Illus. by Nora Aoyagi.) Chronicle, 2009.
Young Adult Science Book
The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference. Alan Boyle. Wiley, 2009.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements. Sam Kean. Little Brown, 2010.
Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discovery, Deductions, and Debates. Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw. Charlesbridge, 2010.
*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot. Random House, 2010.
Hands-On Science Book
*The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science. Sean Connolly. (Illus.) Workman, 2010.
Insect Detective. Steve Voake. (Illus. by Charlotte Voake.) Candlewick, 2010.
Nature Science Experiments. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. (Illus. by Edward Miller; from the MAD Science Series.) Sterling, 2010.
You Are the Earth: From Dinosaur Breath to Pizza from Dirt. David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden. Greystone, 2010.