The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea wins the 2012 Science in Society Book Award

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two $1000 annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing – one intended for children/middle grade readers and one for the general public. The youth book winner is The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker and Willow Dawson (illus.), published by Kids Can Press. Entries were judged on the basis of initiative, originality, scientific accuracy, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting a better understanding of science by the public.

Clarity and the ability to engage the audience with a complex topic were important factors when the judges considered The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker. One judge commented that it is, “Clearly written with lots of information and discuses topics about the ocean and what happens in oceans. Well thought out, activities are good and relate well to the content being presented. Great use of experiments and observation. A good book for younger kids.” The younger judges from grades 4 and 6 agreed, “I liked this book because it had many interesting experiments. I even did one myself.” “I really liked the experiments and it was very informative.”

The winners will be presented with their awards during the CSWA annual conference in Montreal at the gala and awards banquet on June 7.

For more information contact:

Janice Benthin | Administrative Director
Canadian Science Writers Association | 1-800-796-8595