Book Wins Award For Making Evolution Accessible To Kids; America Bans Book
Really America? Written by Daniel Loxton for children ages 8-13, "Evolution" recently won the Lane Anderson Award in the children's category.
Published in his home country of Canada in 2010, Loxton approached several American publishers but was shut out by every one of them. The excuse was always some variation of "The topic is too controversial," or too much of a "hot topic" for American children.
Loxton and Discovery News believe the stone-walling is due to the mistaken belief that "[t]o those who dispute evolution, this smacks of indoctrination, not science education," since the book is aimed specifically at children instead of the reading populace at large.
This isn't terribly shocking considering as late as 2006 up to 1/3 of Americans dismissed evolution out of hand. This despite the fact that, at least for Catholics, the Pope declared evolution to be real and compatible with the faith back in 1996.
Evolution is the process that created the terrible teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex and the complex human brain, clever enough to understand the workings of nature. Young readers will learn how a British naturalist named Charles Darwin studied nature and developed his now-famous concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest. And how modern-day science has added to our understanding of the theory of evolution.Can something as complex and wondrous as the natural world be explained by a simple theory? The answer is yes, and now Evolution explains how in a way that makes it easy to understand.