LONDON, November 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Shortlist announced for the UK's only award for creative educational writing
The Society of Authors and the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Educational Writers' Award, the UK's only award for educational writing which stimulates and enhances the learning experience.
The five outstanding books for readers aged 11-18 years on this year's shortlist explain the importance of sanitation, demystify coding, chart the history of painting, and illuminate the lives and minds of migrants, and LGBTQ+ people.
LOOS SAVE LIVES: How Sanitation & Clean Water Help Prevent Poverty, Disease & Death
Author: Seren Boyd
Packed full of stats and facts about water and waste, this is a book about the importance of the humble loo, published in association with Toilet Twinning (toilettwinning.org), a charity that empowers people in low income countries to build proper toilets and help make their communities healthier, safer and more prosperous. Visiting some of the places the charity has worked in, it explains why children who have access to a safe, clean loo at school are more likely to stay in education, get better jobs and escape poverty.
Our judges said: Managing to be both light-hearted and serious, this is an unusual and taboo-breaking book about a very real problem faced by the 2.4 billion people who don't have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. It provides an inventive and exciting way to engage children with issues surrounding hygiene and clean water across Africa, Asia and parts of South America.
HOW TO THINK LIKE A CODER…Without Even Trying!
Author: Jim Christian
Illustrator: Paul Boston
Computers are all around us, from traffic lights to cash machines - it just takes a little common sense to work out what makes them tick, says this bright illustrated guide, which shows that you don't need to have computing experience to know how to code. Full of puzzles and exercises suitable for all ages that will help you think logically, work within constraints and deconstruct problems, it turns everyday situations into opportunities for coding.
Our judges said: This step-by-step guide for absolute beginners does exactly what it says on the cover, introducing key concepts in a very straightforward and accessible way. Offering a fine balance between information and fabulous illustrations, this colourful book provides a wonderful, rather substantial taster to a subject on the rise.
FROM PREJUDICE TO PRIDE: A History of the LBGTQ+ Movement
Author: Amy Lamé
An illuminating account of the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement for equal rights: the various communities and pioneers that have emerged, and the stories of heartbreak and courage that have unfolded alongside it, by London's Night Czar. From the trial of Oscar Wilde and the Stonewall riots, to the AIDS crisis and same-sex marriage, it gives insights into shifting attitudes that have challenged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which also help us understand what it is to be LGBTQ+ today.
Our judges said: This gripping history of different communities and their stories of persecution, courage and determination is a brilliant introduction to LGBTQ+ issues, offering young people the chance to ask questions about sexuality and gender and to learn about movements around the world which work to protect rights and freedoms of expression. A much-needed reference on a topical subject, especially in the light of recent research by Stonewall which indicates that homophobic bullying remains an issue in schools.
THE STORY OF PAINTINGS: A History of Art for Children
Author/Illustrator: Mick Manning & Brita Granström
(Publisher: Franklin Watts)
This imaginative introduction to art history for children takes readers on a journey through time from Stone Age cave art to the graffiti-inspired work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. It takes in Rembrandt, Picasso, Turner, Frida Kahlo, Kalan Khan, Laura Knight and many others along the way, telling the stories behind the paintings and their creators.
Our judges said: This ambitious and inspiring large-format book focuses on paintings that the authors themselves love and their enthusiasm infuses this personal and rich introduction to art history. Beautifully constructed and visually appealing, each double page spread provides readers with an opportunity to delve into a new time period and a new style of artwork.
FAR FROM HOME: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution & Poverty
Author: Cath Senker
(Publisher: Franklin Watts)
This richly illustrated book examines the root causes of mass migrations of people due to war, extreme poverty and persecution, explaining some of the specific conflicts, political situations and cultural issues that dominate the headlines surrounding refugees and migrants in the 21st century. It includes first-hand accounts of everything from life in refugee camps to finding a new home in safe countries.
Our judges said: This heart-breaking and powerful book takes a thoughtful and relevant look at a subject we all need to understand and care about. Never giving in to media stereotypes, it provides a clear and compassionate start to discussions about the plight of refugees, highlighting individual experiences and presenting different viewpoints in an impeccably non-judgmental way.
Now in its eleventh year, the Educational Writers' Award was established in 2008 by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA) "to celebrate educational writing that inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely and build up their understanding of a subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications". The 2017 winner was The Book of Bees, written by Wojciech Grajkowski, illustrated by Piotr Socha, and translated by Agnes Monod-Gayraud.
The 2018 Award focuses on books for 11-18-year-olds, published in 2016 & 2017. This year's judges are: Philip Arkinstall, a curriculum leader for History in a Wiltshire secondary school; Elspeth Graham, a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction for children; and Océane Toffoli, a senior school librarian and Vice-Chair of CILIP YLG London. Further information about each judge appears below.
The winner of the 2018 Educational Writers' Award will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4th December. The winning author/illustrator will receive a cheque for £2000.
The Society of Authors (SoA)
The Society of Authors is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, and has been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century. The SoA administers many other prizes for poetry, the short story, fiction and non-fiction, including the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award and the Women's Prize for Fiction. It distributed more than £575,000 in prizes and grants in 2018
The Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS)
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers' work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment, and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. Today ALCS represents almost 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid out almost £500 million to writers.
The 2018 Judges
Philip Arkinstall is Curriculum Leader for History at Hardenhuish School, Wiltshire. He has taught for twelve years in three secondary schools and has acted as an external examiner for AQA and Edexcel for the same number of years. Alongside teaching, he has written for Teaching History and Hodder Education and presented on teaching pedagogy for organisations including the Schools History Project, Historical Association and Keynote Educational.
Elspeth Graham grew up in Northumberland and despite studying Law at University never became a lawyer. Instead she began writing books for very young children with her husband Mal Peet. They wrote many books together, primarily for educational publishers, before Mal went on to become an award-winning writer of young adult and adult fiction. Elspeth continued to write her own fiction and non-fiction books for younger children, and to work on picture books with Mal until his death in 2015. Elspeth lives in Devon with her dog Pedro.
Océane Toffoli is the Senior School Librarian at Wimbledon High School, GDST. She has worked in libraries in France and the UK for many years, in both the public and academic sectors. She is committed to two major British Library associations, being the current Vice-Chair of CILIP YLG London and an active committee member of the SLA London group. Océane is passionate about reading, the learning environment and culture.