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Children's Nonfiction Discoveries

Open Science

Knowledge for Everyone

by (author) Monique Polak

illustrated by Catherine Chan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Discoveries, Experiments & Projects, History of Science
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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Science is for everyone, right?

Unfortunately, that's not always true. Discovery, research and innovation are often top secret, and big businesses charge high prices for that information. The field of open science is trying to change that. It's all about sharing knowledge. Teams of scientists around the world are working together to improve and speed up scientific research and share their results so that everyone benefits.

Open Science: Knowledge for Everyone examines the history of scientific research and how ideas and information are shared and why. It also looks at innovations made using open science, such as treatments for diseases and vaccines to protect against viruses like COVID-19, discoveries that were only possible thanks to the sharing of information. Discover how regular people, including kids, can be citizen scientists and what we all can do to share science and make the world a better place.

About the authors



MONIQUE POLAK is the author of 26 novels for young readers, as well as two non-fiction titles and a board book. Her books Hate Mail, Room for One More, and the historical novel What World is Left, which was inspired by her mother’s experience during the Holocaust, were all winners of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature.



Her books have also been nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Arthur Ellis Award, and several have been selected as Best Books for Children and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.



She is also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Macleans, and Postmedia newspapers across the country, and is a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! Monique lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College.


Monique Polak's profile page

Catherine Chan is a Toronto-based illustrator with a previous life in project management and technology. Her work explores her relationships as an immigrant, a mother and a lifelong learner, and acts as both self-exploration and self-declaration. She is excited about telling unique and inspiring stories through her illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

“Belongs at the top of your Must-Have list… Author Monique Polak and illustrator Catherine Chan have combined clear text with colourful illustrations of people of all ages, abilities, and colours actively engaged in STEM activities. Highly Recommended.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Highlights the benefits of researchers working together to find solutions and sharing them in a variety of contexts…Colourful illustrations throughout are particularly effective in underscoring the importance of emphasizing equity, diversity, and inclusivity in science. Inspiring and informative for readers interested in ensuring that scientific research is more accessible to everyone.”


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