2016 Lane Anderson Young Readers Award Submissions

Young Readers

5 GIRAFFES by Anne Dagg

Fitzhenry & Whiteside

5 Giraffes shares the stories of five celebrated giraffes: The reticulated giraffe Lmara lives a free life one would wish for all animals. Young Safari, one of the first giraffes ever to be born by artificial insemination, is an important member of a scientific research team. Brave Gemina is an example of a giraffe’s ability to overcome a natural disability in a zoo. Foo8 lives in Jenya and illustrates the deep love a mother can have for her calf, and Msitu demonstrates how learning can benefit animals in captivity.


DEEP ROOTS by Nikki Tate

Orca Book Publishers

Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element—water, air, fire and earth—and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and liveable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbours better.


INSIDE YOUR INSIDES by Claire Eamer and Marie-Eve Tremblay

Kids Can Press

None of us are ever really alone, not with the trillions and trillions of microbes that call our bodies home. Recent scientific research has uncovered just how interdependent our relationships with these tiny hitchhikers are, and that lots of them are actually good for us! Filled with intriguing information and just enough yuck factor, kids will be thrilled to discover what a big deal these small critters who live in and on their bodies are. No hand sanitizer required!


MONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker and Phil McAndrew

Kids Can Press

Welcome to Monster Science, where you’ll meet six of the world’s most fearsome creatures and put them under the microscope to determine fact from fiction. Could monsters really exist? What science would make that possible?  WARNING: what you discover might surprise – and even terrify – you!


STORIES OF THE AURORA by Joan Galat and Lorna Bennett

Whitecap Books

High above the Earth, glowing bands of color dance, shimmer, and soar across the night sky. Whether you know them as the northern or southern lights, auroras are one of nature’s most dazzling spectacles. It’s hard not to marvel – why do they exist? Joan Marie Galat explores the answer in this addition to the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, revealing the incredible cosmic circumstances that lead to such brilliant displays of light.


THE TOAD by Elise Gravel

Tundra Books

As a child, Elise Gravel was already fascinated by disgusting little creatures. At three-and-a-half, she founded the Organization for the Defense of Disgusting Critters, of which she was both president and the only member. Nowadays, when she’s not busy petting a toad, she writes and illustrates strange children’s books.


WORMS FOR BREAKFAST by Helaine Becker and by Kathy Boake

Owl Kids

If you were a platypus living in a zoo, that would make one dee-lish dish. Just mix in some crayfish and earthworms, plus a pinch of live fly pupae-and breakfast is served!

Curious to see what other zoo animals eat? Then crack open this one-of-a-kind cookbook with real recipes from zoos around the world. You’ll also find fascinating facts on how zookeepers feed the baby animals, challenge their charges to stay active, and create balanced diets for all your favorite carnivores, herbivores, omnivores and insectivores.


ZAP! NIKOLA TESLA TAKES CHARGE by Monica Kulling and Bill Slavin

Tundra Books

Growing up in Smiljan, Croatia, Nikola Tesla dreamed about harnessing the power of Niagara Falls. In 1884, he walked down the gangplank into the New York Harbor with four cents in his pocket, a book of poems, a drawing of a flying machine, and a letter of introduction to Thomas Edison, the “electrical wizard” of America.
Tesla and Edison had different views about electricity; Tesla wanted to develop an alternate current while Edison wanted to stick to the direct current system. Edison offered Tesla a large sum to make his direct current system more efficient, but when the work was done, Edison refused to pay. Tesla quit and when things were looking bleak, he met George Westinghouse, who also thought that alternating current was the way to light up America. He gave Tesla a job and in 1896, Tesla and Westinghouse built a generator at Niagara Falls. The electrification of the world had begun!

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