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:
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
Youth Book Shortlist
By W. Scott Persons IV, illustrated by Julius T. Csotonyi
By Etta Kaner, illustrated by John Martz
By Gloria Snively, illustrated by Karen Gillmore
By Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Bill Slavin
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
By Christopher Dewdney
By Nicola Temple
By Dave Williams
By Alex Hutchinson
By Alanna Mitchell
General Judges Panel
Véronique Morin, Journalism Judge & Chairperson
Annie Locas, PhD., Science Judge
Kelly Crowe, Journalism Judge
Bob Holmes, Science Journalism Judge
Dr. Alex Gill, Science Judge
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.