Rise of the Necrofauna
Britt Wray (Greystone Books)
Edward Struzik (Island Press)
Biometrics: Your Body and the Science of Security by Maria Birmingham and illustrated by Ian Turner. (Owlkids Book Inc)
This book offers a fascinating exploration into the science behind using our unique physical features to identify and differentiate us from everyone else on the planet. Personal identification is becoming increasingly important for personal, national, corporate and global security. It proves who we say we are and whether or not we have the right to be in certain places, doing certain things or receiving certain items or services. The book is geared towards children between 8-12 years of age and covers finger printing, hand geometry, facial recognition, retinal scanning, voice and vein recognition. It also looks at biometrics of the future and considers the important issues around privacy.
The uniqueness of the subject matter made this book particularly interesting to read. Its connection to STEM related themes will also appeal to educators. The use of questions through out the book like “How is it collected?” and “Where can you see it?” provide a terrific launch pad for inquiry based learning. Numerous text features like colour blocking sections of text and numbering specific points divides the content into more manageable chunks of information making it accessible and easy to read. The layout of the information follows a clear format: two pages devoted to a description of the biometric and two pages discussing where it’s used and it’s associated drawbacks. The use of colourful and often times humorous illustrations really supports the text and aids with the understanding of content. Overall, this book is packed with fascinating information delivered in an engaging, concise, easy to read format that will appeal to a broad range of children.
Big Blue Forever
Anita Miettunen (Red Deer Press)
Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance
Jane Drake and Ann Love (Annick Press)
2016 Winners and Finalists
At Sea With the Marine Birds of the Raincoast
Caroline Fox (Rocky Mountain Books)
At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast combines the natural and human histories of Pacific Northwest marine birds with Caroline Fox’s personal story of her life as a conservation scientist. Accompanied by vivid images, drawings and both archival and modern photography, the narrative follows the author as she sails the coast, documenting marine bird diversity and seasonal shifts in community assemblages. Introducing some of the most fascinating yet poorly understood species, including albatrosses, puffins and cranes, this compelling read calls attention to the urgent conservation challenges faced by marine birds and their ecosystems, as well as their historically complex relationship with human society.
100 Million Years of Food
Stephen Le (Harper Collins)
Tim Falconer (House of Anansi Press)
North America in the Anthropocene
Robert Sandford (Rocky Mountain Books)
Anne Innis 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.
Inside Your Insides
Claire Eamer (Kids Can Press)
Helaine Becker (Kids Can Press)
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