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Book Awards Winners

Science Writers and Communicators of Canada is pleased to announce our shortlist for the 2018 SWCC Book Awards. The winners will be announced in June and the awards will be presented during Science Literacy Week in September, 2019.

Science Writers and Communicators of Canada offer two annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing:

  1. Intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years. 
  2. Intended for and available to the general public. 

Books are judged on literary excellence and scientific content and accuracy. In addition the two book juries look for initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, relevance and value in promoting greater understanding of science by the general reader. The independent juries are composed of writers, scientists and members of the intended audience. Winners receive a certificate and cash prize of $1,000 that will be presented during Science Literacy Week in September. 



Youth Book Winner

"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? is a charming and instructive book about animal behaviour suitable for young kids  - and even some adults.” says David McKay, Chair of the Youth Science Book reviewers.

“The diversity and creativity among all the books made judging incredibly challenging. All the books are worth the time and pleasure of reading for fun as much as for how all these authors, illustrators and publishers introduce topics in science to early readers."

General Audience Book Winner

"This was entertainingly, often poetically written, with fresh and surprising descriptions. I’d happily recommend it to a friend to read." remarked our General Audience Book Reviewers.

"This is a lively narrative about the dramatic forces that shape the weather, with engaging anecdotes about extreme weather events and a review of the quirky history of meteorological discovery.”


Youth Book Shortlist 


"Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands"

By W. Scott Persons IV, illustrated by Julius T. Csotonyi 


"Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?"

By Etta Kaner, illustrated by John Martz

 

"Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal"

By Gloria Snively, illustrated by Karen Gillmore

 

"Trash Revolution"

By Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Bill Slavin


"Wild Buildings and Bridges"

By Etta Kaner, illustrated by Carl Wiens




Youth Judges Panel


David McKay, Science Communications Judge & Chairperson


Teresa MacDonald, Science Education Judge


Neelam Mal, Education Judge


Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, Science Judge


Romilla Karnick, Journalism Judge




General Audience Book Shortlist


 

18 Miles” 

By Christopher Dewdney


Best Before” 

By Nicola Temple

 

"Defying Limits

By Dave Williams


Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance” 

By Alex Hutchinson


"The Spinning Magnet” 

By Alanna Mitchell



General Judges Panel


VĂ©ronique Morin, Journalism Judge & Chairperson


Annie Locas, PhD., Science Judge


Kelly Crowe, Journalism Judge


Bob Holmes, Science Journalism Judge


Dr. Alex Gill, Science Judge




Judging Criteria

Entries may deal with aspects of basic or applied science or technology, historical or current, in any area including health, social or environmental issues, regulatory trends etc.

Books are judged on literary excellence and scientific content and accuracy. Specific judging criteria will include initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting greater understanding of science by the general reader.

Books must be understandable to the layperson or children, with appropriate clarification of medical and scientific terminology, and an orderly marshalling of facts.

Also the subject matter should be significant and relevant for the majority of the public or children, and so presented that it increases public awareness. 

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