2016 AAAS Subaru SB&F Prize Winner

January 25, 2016


AAAS Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Award

I am so excited to announce that I have received word that my book, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickenshas won the 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science  Books Award! It was such an honor to be a nominee and placed among these fabulous finalists.


A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens has won for the Hands-on Science category. Here’s an excerpt of what they had to say about my book:

…It is a tribute to the joy of keeping chickens as well as it is to one of the oldest sciences practiced by humans—the science of animal agriculture. It is a model of how to write a comprehensive how-to guide book for children. It is, in fact so filled with information that it would make a wonderful introduction to raising chickens for anyone. Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. Useful for families, 4-H clubs, or teachers who want to raise classroom chickens, this book is a marvel of engagement, enthusiasm, and commitment. It should be studied by anyone who wants to encourage inquiry and hands-on learning. It is a terrific reference book for chicken lovers and a great reminder of what it is that a book can still offer us in a media-drive information age. The book is immersive, the thoroughness of the topics covered help kids to understand the value of information and developing knowledge by experience.

I will be heading to Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony and the AAAS annual scientific meeting from February 13th and the 14th. I will be available to sign books and if you are in the area, I would encourage you to sign up the free Family Science Days. Looks like it is going to be a really fun time!

Here are the other winners that I am honored to share with you today as well.

Children’s Science Picture Book:

A Chicken Followed Me Home. Robin Page. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Middle Grades Science Book:

The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk. Sy Montgomery. (Photographs by Keith Ellenbogen; from the Scientists in the Field Series.) Houghton Mi lin Harcourt, 2015.

Young Adult Science Book:

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction. Beth Shapiro. Princeton University Press, 2015.


If you would like to purchase a personalized signed copy of my book you can do so here.


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