2015 Winners and Finalists
Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths
Alanna Mitchell (ECW Press)
Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family’s experiences with the disease. When her beloved brother-in-law John is diagnosed with malignant melanoma, Mitchell throws herself into the latest clinical research, providing us with a clear description of what scientists know of cancer and its treatments. When John enters the world of alternative treatments, Mitchell does, too, looking for the science in untested waters. She comes face to face with the misconceptions we share about cancer, which are rooted in blame and anxiety, and opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.
Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.
Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver
Frances Backhouse (ECW Press)
Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry
Andrew Nikiforuk (Greystone Books)
Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and their Ponds
Michael Runtz (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
The Queen’s Shadow
by Cybele Young (Kids Can Press)
In this informational picture book, award-winning author and illustrator Cybèle Young interweaves the science of animal eyesight into a clever whodunit involving a haughty queen. It is during the Queen’s Ball, at which “society’s most important nobility” are in attendance (all of whom are animals), that a “major crime has been committed”: the queen’s shadow has been stolen! Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective, takes the lead in the investigation to find the perpetrator, and one by one the animal suspects defend their innocence. From a shark and a snake to a dragonfly and a goat, each creature’s testimony explains their version of the scene of the crime based on their own unique eyesight, while the finely textured and detailed artwork illustrates the ballroom as viewed by that animal.
Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat
Paula Ayer (Annick Press)
Head Lice: The Disgusting Critters Series
Elise Gravel (Tundra Books)
What’s the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight
Merrie-Ellen Wilcox (Orca Book Publishers)
2014 Winners and Finalists
Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products
by Stephen Leahy (Firefly Books)
Your Water Footprint reveals the true cost of our lifestyle. A “water footprint” is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping. From the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the books we read and the music we listen to, all of it costs more than what we pay at the check-out. The 125 footprint facts in this book show the true cost of our lifestyle and what it is doing to Earth, including draining it dry.
Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure
by Bob McDonald (Douglas and McIntyre)
Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease
by Dr. Francois Reeves (Greystone Books)
Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild
by L.E. Carmichael (Ashby-BP)
A wild elk and her calf, held behind the fences of a Canadian game ranch. Endangered parrots captured in the wild and sold as pets. African elephants butchered for the ivory in their tusks. In Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild, you’ll discover how witnesses, conservation officers, veterinarians, and scientists join forces to solve countless crimes against wildlife, all around the world.
Explore real cases that take you from the crime scene to the laboratory to the courtroom. See how scientists use DNA fingerprints to identify endangered species, match wild parents with their babies, or trace an animal victim’s home country. Become a wildlife detective by tackling four crime-busting experiments.
Plesiosaur Peril (Tales of Prehistoric Life)
by Daniel Loxton (Kids Can Press)
Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body
by Maria Birmingham (Owl Kids)
2013 Winners and Finalists
The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem
In the delta, water is boss, change is the only constant, and creation and destruction exist side by side. The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is a globally significant wetland that lies within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. Arguably the world’s largest boreal inland delta, it is renowned for its biological productivity and is a central feature of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide
The Oil Man and the Sea
Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science
Earth revolves around the sun. Washing hands helps stop the spread of disease. Poisons in the environment affect the entire ecosystem. Today, these ideas are common knowledge but at one time, they were all rejected. As is often the case, it can take years for people to accept a new idea or invention that changes the way they see the world.
Chitchat: Celebrating the World’s Languages
The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos
Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea
The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History
Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest