Science in Society Book Award

The Science in Society Book Awards are administered by the Canadian Science Writers’ Association to honour outstanding contributions to science writing. Competitors must be Canadian citizens or residents of Canada and entries, in either French or English, must have been published in Canada during the current calendar year. A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the winner.


Administered By
Canadian Science Writers’ Association



Contact Us
Janice Benthin
Administrative Director
CSWA Awards
PO Box 75, Station A
Toronto, ON M5W 1A2
Tel: 1-800-796-8595


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2014 Elise Gravel, The Fly. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.
2013 Shar Levin and Leslie Johnstone, Dirty Science: 25 Experiments with Soil. Illustrated by Lorenzo Del Bianco. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2013.
2012 Helaine Becker, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Illustrated by Willow Dawson. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2011 Tanya Lloyd Kyi, 50 Poisonous Questions: A Book with Bite. Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.
2010 Janet Wilson, Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2010.
2009 Youth Book under 16 Years Carol McDougall, A Salmon’s Sky View. Victoria: First Choice Books, 2009.
2008 Youth Books Claire Eamer, Super Crocs & Monster Wings: Modern Animals' Ancient Past. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.
2008 Children's Books Myrna Guymer, The Canadian Sheild. Illustrated by RoseMarie Condon. Regina: Your Nickel's Worth Publishing, 2008.
2007 Children's Books Aubrey Lang, Baby Sea Turtle. Photography by Wayne Lynch. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007.
2007 Youth Books Julie E. Czerneda (Editor), Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007.
2006 Children's Books Vivian Bowers, Crazy About Canada. Illustrated by Dianne Eastman. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2006.
2006 Youth Books Linda Kenyon, Rainforest Bird Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife. Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2006.
2005 Children's Books Robert Bateman with Ian Coutts, Backyard Birds: An Introduction. Markham, ON: Scholatic Canada, 2005.
2005 Youth Books Barry Shell, Sensational Scientists. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2005.
2004 Children's Books Rebecca L. Grambo, Lupé: A Wolf Pup’s First Year. Photographs by Daniel J. Cox. North Vancouver: Walrus Books/Whitecap, 2004.
2004 Youth Books Gayla Meredith, Canada's Northern Diamonds: From Rocks to Riches. Yellowknife: Northern Ink, 2004.
2003 Children's Books David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis, Salmon Forest. Illustrated by Sheena Lott. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2003.
2003 Youth Books Caroline Fortin, Martine Podesto, Marie-Anne Legault and Marie-Claude Ouellet, Atlas de la météo. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 2003.
2002 Kathy Conlan, Under the Ice. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2002.
2001 Ron Orenstein, New Animal Discoveries. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2001.
2000 Valerie Wyatt, FAQ Weather. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
1999 Shelley Tanaka, I Was There: Secrets of the Mummies. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1999.
1998 Stephen Cumbaa and Susan Hughes, Megalodon: The Prehistoric Shark. Toronto: Somerville House Publishing, 1998.
1997 Vivien Bowers, Crime Science: How Investigators Use Science to Track Down the Bad Guys.
1996 Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Squares: Shapes in Math, Science and Nature. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996.
1995 Adrian Forsyth, How Monkeys Make Chocolate. Toronto: Owl Books, 1995.
1994 Jay Ingram and Sylvia Funston, A Kid’s Guide to the Brain. Toronto: Owl Books, 1994.