Monday, September 19, 2011

A Multi-Award Nominated Book from Canada for Kids

A Canadian book, Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be, has been getting awards but is not being offered south of the border.  The award winning kids book about evolution was turned down by several American publishers because it was too controversial, according to the book's author.

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be"I had more than one publishing professional in the U.S. indicate to me that, because of the potential for controversy, it would be hard to make the numbers work," Loxton told The Huffington Post. "They said it was a tough sell."

The National Science Teachers Association  says the book fills a need. "This book complies with the ideas set forth about evolution by the National Science Education Standards and fills a gap in books about evolution for this age group," the association said in a statement.

Canadian libraries are praising Daniel Loxton's book about evolution. But across the border in the United States, the subject matter may be too much of a hot potato to touch for some publishers.
After Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be was published by Kids Can Press in Canada. It has begun receiving literary nominations.
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Last year British Columbia author Loxton's book was nominated for a Silver Birch Award for the book that is geared to primary school students, aged 8 to 13.

It's currently in the running for the Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science books and Norma Fleck Award for Canadian children’s nonfiction.

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