The Lane Anderson Prize Shortlist Announced

Canada’s most prestigious prize honouring science books written by Canadian authors has today announced its shortlist.

The Lane Anderson Award shortlist has been unveiled, featuring six current topics in the science realm.

The 2018 Lane Anderson Prize Young Reader Shortlist:

The Space Adventurer’s Guide by Peter McMahon, illustrated by Josh  Holinaty (Kids Can Press) Aimed at readers between 8 and 12, this book imagines 8 separate space vacations ranging from the moon to Jupiter and Mars. Filled with up-to-date information on each of the chosen locales, the book begins with an introduction to current advances in space travel (including the current cost of a rocket trip), how astronauts train for a trip to space, and a guide to key space lingo that will have kids talking like an astronaut in no time.

How is this helpful in learning?

With space tourism becoming a genuine possibility in the lifetime of today’s kids, this book is a perfect addition to a personal, classroom or public library collection. The text is also complimented with personal anecdotes from space engineers and astronauts, a mix of illustrations and photographs, and fascinating, related fact boxes with added details such as what happens to your body in space

Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press) This book takes an interesting look at the life cycle of the everyday things we use, throw out, and recycle.  The topic of trash is timely, as our land and oceans are overwhelmed with garbage and plastic. Fyvie presents this serious topic to readers between the ages of 8 and 12 in a way that is clear and thought-provoking. 

How is this helpful in learning?

Overall, this book explores a “hot topic” of the day in a way that is both clear and intriguing for readers. It would be a useful resource for projects, and, ultimately, it shows its young readers that they have the power to make a difference. The writing is reinforced with the use of infographics, diagrams, sidebars, and charts. And the fun illustrations found throughout the pages add a bit of levity to the serious topic.   

Wild Buildings and Bridges by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Carl Wiens (Kids Can Press) 

This particular science book describes the use of nature to reference designs used by architects.  The author demonstrates more than thirty examples of nature’s influence on building and bridge designs all over the world. Katner tells us how architects are inspired by the elements of nature and are using their designs to solve concerns such as saving energy, recycling and design challenges.

How is this helpful in learning?

The emphasis is on problem-solving and critical thinking making it an ideal book for science and technology lessons.  It includes a glossary, resources, author’s sources and an index. It also provides extended activities to challenge the young learners. 

 The Lane Anderson Award, which celebrates “the very best science writing in Canada today,” comes with a $10,000 prize for the winning books in each category. 

The winner of the 2019 prize will be announced on October 28th in Toronto during a formal dinner.

The Lane Anderson designation honours the maiden names of Robert Fitzhenry’s mother, Margaret Lane, and his wife, Hilda Anderson Fitzhenry. The Fitzhenry Family Foundation is a privately directed Canadian foundation established in 1987 by Canadian publisher Robert I. Fitzhenry (1918-2008).