SWANSON, Diane




Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

A self-described nature nut, Diane Swanson probably has more children's titles than any other B.C. author.

CITY/TOWN: Victoria, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: April 5, 1944

PLACE OF BIRTH: Lethbridge, Alberta

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1974

AWARDS:

White Raven, International Youth Library, Munich
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (U.S.)

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Canada's Bugs (Scholastic, 2007)
Turn It Loose: The Scientist in Absolutely Everybody (Annick Press, 2004, illustrated by Warren Clark)
The Balloon Sailors (Annick Press, 2003, illustrated by Krystyna Lipka-Sztarballo)
Tunnels! true stories from the edge (Annick Press, 2003)
The Dentist & You (Annick Press, 2002)
Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain (Annick Press, 2001, illustrated by Warren Clark); Norwegian edition: Smak Pa Einsteins Hjerne! (Humanist Forlag, 2003)
Hmm? (Kids Can Press, 2001, illustrated by Rose Cowles)
Burp! (Kids Can Press, 2001, illustrated by Rose Cowles)
The Doctor & You (Annick Press, 2001)
Animals Eat the Weirdest Things (Whitecap Books and Henry Holt, 1998, 2000, illus. by Terry Smith)
Bug Bites (Whitecap Books, 1997, 2000, illustrated by the Royal British Columbia Museum)
Buffalo Sunrise (Whitecap Books and Sierra Club Books for Children, 1996)
The Day of the Twelve-Story Wave (Whitecap Books and Longstreet Press, 1995, illustrated by Laura Cook)
Sky Dancers (Whitecap Books and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale)
Coyotes in the Crosswalk (Whitecap Books, 1994, 2000 and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Attention! Coyote Au Carrefour (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
Safari Beneath the Sea (Whitecap Books and Sierra Club Books for Children, 1994, photography by the Royal British Columbia Museum)
Squirts and Snails and Skinny Green Tails (Whitecap Books, 1993, 1997, and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark); French edition: Coquilles, Coquillages Et Tresors De La Plage (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
The Emerald Sea (Whitecap Books and Alaska Northwest Books, 1993, photography by Dale Sanders)
Why Seals Blow Their Noses (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2014 and Voyageur Press, 1994, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Pourquoi Les Phoques Ont-Ils Un Ballon Sur Le Nez? (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
A Toothy Tongue and One Long Foot (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993, and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark and Carolyn Swanson)

Animals Can Be So Series (Greystone Books)

Animals Can Be So Sleepy (2001)
Animals Can Be So Speedy (2001)
Animals Can Be So Playful (2002)
Animals Can Be So Hard to See (2002)

Welcome to the Whole World Series (Whitecap Books)
Welcome to the Whole World of Penguins (2003)
Welcome to the Whole World of Elephants (2003)

Welcome to the World Series (Whitecap Books)
Welcome to the World of Frogs and Toads (2002)
Welcome to the World of Alligators and Crocodiles (2002)
Welcome to the World of Hummingbirds (2002)
Welcome to the World of Wild Horses (2002)
Welcome to the World of Squirrels (2001)
Welcome to the World of Coyotes (2001)
Welcome to the World of Sharks (2001)
Welcome to the World of Snakes (2001)
Welcome to the World of Octopuses (2000)
Welcome to the World of Rabbits and Hares (2000)
Welcome to the World of Porcupines (1999)
Welcome to the World of Skunks (1999)
Welcome to the World of Beavers (1999)
Welcome to the World of Moose (1999)
Welcome to the World of Bats (1998)
Welcome to the World of Raccoons (1998)
Welcome to the World of Foxes (1998)
Welcome to the World of Eagles (1998)
Welcome to the World of Owls (1997)
Welcome to the World of Wild Cats (1997)
Welcome to the World of Bears (1997)
Welcome to the World of Otters (1997)
Welcome to the World of Wolves (1996)
Welcome to the World of Whales (1996)

Up Close Series (Greystone Books)

Up Close: Headgear That Hides and Plays (2001)
Up Close: Skin That Slimes and Scares (2001)
Up Close: Feet That Suck and Feed (2000)
Up Close: Teeth That Stab and Grind (2000)
Up Close: Tails That Talk and Fly (1999)
Up Close: Noses That Plow and Poke (1999)

Nature Detective Series (Pacific Edge Publishing Ltd.)

The Kingfisher Camp River Detectives (1998, illus. by Judith Rackham)
The Gibson Park Grassland Detectives (1997, illus. by Terry Smith)
The Central School Seashore Detectives (1997, illus. by Terry Smith)
The Cedar Club Forest Detectives (1996, illus. by Stuart Duncan)
The Sixth Street Wetland Detectives (1996, illus. by Stuart Duncan)

More than Meets the Eye: Student Book and Teachers' Guide (Pacific Educational Press, 1989, co-authored by Vivien Bowers)

Exploring Canada (Douglas & McIntyre (Educational) Ltd., 1985, co-authored by Vivien Bowers); French Edition: Explorons le Canada (Douglas & McIntyre (Educational) Ltd., 1987)

AWARDS:

Nibbling on Einstein's Brain
- Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 2003/2004
- White Raven, International Youth Library, Munich, 2002
- Nonfiction Honor List, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), American Library Association, 2002
- Notables 2002, Canadian Library Association
- Short-listed, Science in Society Award, 2002
- Los Angeles' 100 Best Books, 2001

Hmm? (Kids Can Press, 2001, illustrated by Rose Cowles)
- Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 2003/2004 - Short-listed, Utah Children's Informational Book Award, 2002-03
- Short-listed, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 2002
- Winner, Informal Education Product of the Year Award for Linguistic Intelligence, 2002

Burp! (Kids Can Press, 2001, illustrated by Rose Cowles)
- Notables 2002, Canadian Library Association
- Children's Choices for 2002, International Reading Association and Children's Book Council
- Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2002
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Award, 2002-03
- Short-listed, Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, 2002-03
- Winner, Informal Education Product of the Year Award for Linguistic Intelligence, 2002

Up Close: Skin That Slimes and Scares, (Greystone Books, 2001)
- Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 2003/2004

Animals Eat the Weirdest Things (Whitecap Books & Henry Holt, 1998, illus. by Terry Smith)
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2001

Welcome to the World of Rabbits and Hares, 2000 Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Octopuses, 2000 Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Feet That Suck and Feed, 2000 Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Teeth That Stab and Grind, 2000 Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 1995, for Safari Beneath the Sea
Animals Eat the Weirdest Things (Whitecap Books & Henry Holt, 1998, illus. by Terry Smith)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 2000/2001
* Short-listed, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 1999
* Short-listed, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 1999
* Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 1999

Bug Bites (Whitecap Books, 1997, illustrated by the Royal British Columbia Museum)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 1999/2000
* Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 1998
* Short-listed, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 1998

Buffalo Sunrise (Whitecap Books and Sierra Club Books for Children, 1996)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, International Reading Association's Young Adult Choice Award, 1998
* Short-listed, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 1997

The Day of the Twelve-Story Wave (Whitecap Books/Longstreet Press, 1995, illus. by Laura Cook)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Sky Dancers (Whitecap Books and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, B.C. Red Cedar Book Award, 1997/98

Safari Beneath the Sea (Whitecap Books & Sierra Club Books for Children, 1994, photography by the Royal British Columbia Museum)
* Winner, Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (USA), 1995
* American Library Association Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, Garden State (New Jersey) Children's Book Award, 1997
* Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 1995
* Short-listed, Utah Children's Informational Book Award, 1995-96

Coyotes in the Crosswalk (Whitecap Books, 1994 and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Attention! Coyote Au Carrefour (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Short-listed, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 1996
* Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 1995

Squirts and Snails and Skinny Green Tails (Whitecap Books, 1993, 1997 and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark); French edition: Coquilles, Coquillages Et Tresors De La Plage (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre

The Emerald Sea (Whitecap Books and Alaska Northwest Books, 1993, photography by Dale Sanders)
* Short-listed for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice, B.C. Book Prizes, 1994

Why Seals Blow Their Noses (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and Voyageur Press, 1994, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Pourquoi Les Phoques Ont-Ils Un Ballon Sur Le Nez? (Heritage jeunesse, 1995)
* Winner, Best Illustrated Book, One Color, Mid-America Publishers Association Awards, 1995
* Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 1993
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

A Toothy Tongue and One Long Foot (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993 and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark and Carolyn Swanson)
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Welcome to the World series (Whitecap Books)
Welcome to the World of Porcupines, 1999
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* B.C. 2000 Book Award
Welcome to the World of Skunks, 1999
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* B.C. 2000 Book Award
Welcome to the World of Beavers, 1999
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* B.C. 2000 Book Award
Welcome to the World of Moose, 1999
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* B.C. 2000 Book Award
Welcome to the World of Bats, 1998
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Raccoons, 1998
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Foxes, 1998
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Eagles, 1998
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Owls, 1997
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Wild Cats, 1997
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Welcome to the World of Bears, 1997
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Winner of a Parents' Choice Award, US, 1998
Welcome to the World of Otters, 1997
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Winner of a Parents' Choice Award, US, 1998
Welcome to the World of Wolves, 1996
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
Welcome to the World of Whales, 1996
* Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre
* Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

[Alan Twigg / BCBW 2014] "Kidlit"

The Doctor & You
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We’re not sure if the Guinness World Book of Records includes ‘Most Children’s Books’ but it appears Diane Swanson is on her way to inclusion. This time she has released The Doctor & You (Annick $19.95). In it she examines the instruments encountered at the doctor’s office. Reassuring explanations demystify tongue depressors, ophthalmoscopes, and blood pressure cuffs—the “hug machines.”

Swanson brings the same comforting scrutiny to Up Close (Greystone $14.95 each), a series that highlights similarities between unlikely groupings of animals. Katydids and great horned owls pair up in Headgear That Hides and Plays, representing animals that use headgear for camouflage. Skin That Slimes and Scares mates male moose with tree-living lizards, two creatures who eat their own skin. What, you didn’t know? Moose are known to sometimes consume the nutrient-rich “velvet” they slough from their antlers while the little anoles wolf down their discarded too-small outer layer of lizard skin. Now you do. [Louise Donnelly / BCBW 2001]


In Teeth That Stab and Grind (Greystone $6.95) & In Feet That Suck and Feed (Greystone $6.95)
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Diane Swanson, author of Animals Eat the Weirdest Things, provides under-fives with the low-down on animal parts.

In Teeth That Stab and Grind (Greystone $6.95) we learn porcupines clack their teeth to warn away other animals; horses grin to say how-do. Lemurs employ six front teeth as a handy grooming aid, and the male narwhal uses the long, coiled tooth that protrudes through his top lip to attract a mate.

In Feet That Suck and Feed (Greystone $6.95) we learn a camel’s wide feet keep it from sinking into the desert sand; kangaroos, who travel along at about 13 kilometers an hour, can easily clear three-metre fences.

Teeth 1-55054-770-4
Feet 1-55054-769-0

[BCBW AUTUMN 2000]


The Nature Detectives: The Living World Science Series (Pacific Edge $9.95 each)
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The Nature Detectives: The Living World Science Series (Pacific Edge $9.95 each), written by nature writer Diane Swanson, covers B.C.'s four major ecosystems. The paperback guides The Cedar Club Forest Detectives, The Sixth Street Wetlands Detectives, The Central School Seashore Detectives and The Gibson Park Grassland Detectives explain how plants and animals interact and adapt, traditional uses by First Nations, fossil life and the way humans harm or help each ecosystem. Teacher's guide available.

[BCBW 1997]


Tunnels! (Annick $18.95)
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Diane Swanson, author of over 55 non-fiction titles including Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain, digs up a fascinating history of tunnels. Tunnels have been used to mine ores, channel water, hide slaves, escape prisons, rob banks, rescue hostages and spy on embassies. Tunnels! (Annick $18.95), first in the True Stories from the Edge series, reveals underground passages have also been home to the dead, the poor, and the overheated (residents of Coober Pedy escape 45-degree Celcius summers in Australian “dugouts”). Next in the series is Escapes! 1-55037-781-7

[BCBW Winter 2003]