Daniel Loxton - Author/Illustrator

Daniel Loxton is a writer and illustrator who specializes in science and critical thinking publications --- especially for young readers. He is the editor of Junior Skeptic, the children's science section of Skeptic magazine.

As a myth-busting writer and researcher, Daniel spends his days getting to the bottom of strange mysteries and controversies. He has written on subjects from fake monster videos to health fraud to the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Daniel loves distilling complex science-related topics so that they're accessible to anyone. “Kids' science writing must always be clear and jargon-free,” he says, “but it should never be 'dumbed down.' Kids want to know how things really work.”

As an illustrator, Daniel specializes in photo-realistic computer-generated scenes for science books and magazines.

Before starting his writing career, Daniel worked for ten years as a professional shepherd in the wilderness of northern British Columbia.

He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife and his two young children.

Ankylosaur Attack

2013 - Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner


2011 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2011 - Lane Anderson Book Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Plesiosaur Peril

2014 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

Pterosaur Trouble

2014 - Rainforest of Reading, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - Bolen Books Children's Book Prize, Victoria Book Prize Society, Winner
2013 - Lane Anderson Award, Short-listed


Evolution, 2010