Reviews of Kids' Nonfiction
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There IS gravity in space, the Moon does NOT have a dark side, and Jupiter has at least 60 moons. However, kids today might not know these things because many books are full of misleading explanations, incorrect terminology, impossible physics, old data, and confusing illustrations.
I hope that the book reviews below will help young people (and educators) choose nonfiction books that are accurate and 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. Purchases through the Amazon links support my volunteer efforts to promote science literacy, and are MUCH appreciated. Please visit Kids' Fiction for reviews of fiction titles, and NSS Reading Space for reviews of adult space and science fiction books.
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Authors or publishers who want books reviewed should send the title, author, and publisher information to me by e-mail. All books reviewed must be readily available for order through Amazon.com. I also review ADULT BOOKS for the National Space Society. Please send me announcements of new books to consider. NSS does not review self-published books.
Note: I charge $60/hour for manuscript consultation. I do not critique adult novels. Contact me for estimates.
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Book RatingALL BOOKS rated with a maximum of 6 points.
Rating DetailsNonfiction Books are rated using the following scale:
- 2 points for accuracy of facts;
- 1 point for clarity of explanations, proper use of analogies, terms, and concepts;
- 1 point for current data/expert quotes;
- 1 point for readability/good grammar, voice, design, reading level;
- 1 point for useful and accurate illustrations/photos.
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