Past Winners and Finalists



Our Vanishing Glaciers
Robert William Sandford (Rocky Mountain Books)
Though less dramatic than hurricanes and wildfires, the shrinking of the glaciers is another manifestation of the effects of global warming or climate change. And indeed probably more impactful in the longer run. Our Vanishing Glaciers provides the history and science of glacial formation and a chronicle of the recent accelerated retreat and melting process.
Beautifully illustrated with photos and maps, combined with informative text and interspersed with historical vignettes and profiles of the colourful characters who first encountered these wonders of the Canadian western landscape, Our Vanishing Glaciers is a well deserved winner of this year’s Lane Anderson Award..


Rise of the Necrofauna

Britt Wray (Greystone Books)


Edward Struzik (Island Press)


Young Adult


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)


Bad Singer

Tim Falconer (House of Anansi Press)


North America in the Anthropocene

Robert Sandford (Rocky Mountain Books)


Young Adult


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)


Monster Science

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)

 Young Reader


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



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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)

 Young Reader


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



Book cover: Peace-Athebasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem
Winner, 2013 Lane Anderson Award (Adult category) for Canadian science books.

The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem

by Kevin P. Timoney (University of Alberta Press)

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

by Simone Hébert Allard (Turnstone Press)

The Oil Man and the Sea

by Arno Kopecky (Douglas & McIntyre)

Young Reader


Book cover: Before the World Was Ready
Winner, 2013 Lane Anderson Award (Juvenile category) for Canadian science books.

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

by Claire Eamer art by Sa Boothroyd (Annick Press)

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

by Jude Isabella art by Kathy Boake (Kids Can Press)

Pterosaur Trouble

by Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith (Kids Can Press)

2012 Winners


The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos

by Neil Turok (House of Anansi Press)

Young Reader

Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

by Helaine Becker (Kids Can Press)

2011 Winners


The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History

by Harry Thurston (Greystone Books)

Young Reader

Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest

by Caitlyn Vernon (Orca Book Publishers)

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