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Shirley author wins North American book award

Amanda Swinimer wrote children’s book on seaweed
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A colourful, activity-packed book on seaweed has sailed off with one of North America’s top literary prizes.

The Science and Superpowers of Seaweed, by Shirley-based writer Amanda Swinimer, has won the Moonbeam Prize gold medal in the Activity Book: Educational, Science, History category.

“This book is a fascinating guide to one of the world’s most important groups of species,” said academic and environmental activist David Suzuki.

The Science and Superpowers of Seaweed is a family-friendly introduction to the enchanting world of seaweed. Aimed at exploring the science and sustainable harvest of seaweed, this unique field guide features seaweeds from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans while showcasing the beautiful and vital ecosystems of the coasts.

Swinimer developed a deep affection for the ocean and recognized at a young age that she aspired to shape her life and profession around its vast waters, she told the Sooke News Mirror in an interview earlier this year.

Swinimer can’t resist sharing her knowledge about the benefits of seaweed with others, often imparting her wisdom to public, private, and homeschooled students. This is the reason she decided to write a children’s book.

She said that when children feel connected to their natural environment, it gives them a sense of purpose and empowers them to protect the things they are passionate about.

“They’re enthusiastic and so interested,” she said.

Swinimer operates a sustainable business, Dakini Tidal Wilds, hand-harvesting wild seaweed from the beaches and kelp forests surrounding her home. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Dalhousie University with an advanced major in marine biology.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards promote exceptional children’s literature, nurture lifelong reading, and highlight the best books for the attention of booksellers, librarians, parents, and children.

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