The shortlist for the 2012 Educational Writers’ Award has been announced today (19th November), with Walker Books securing two out of the four nominations.
The Story of Britain by Patrick Dillon, illustrated by PJ Lynch, and Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found their Way by Land, Sea and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty are the two Walker titles that have made the cut for the award.
Really Really Really Big Questions About Faith by Dr Julian Baggini, illustrated by Nishant Chosksi (Kingfisher) and Terezin by Ruth Thomson (Franklin Watts) complete the shortlist.
The prize was established by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society and the Society of Authors in 2008 to celebrate educational writing that encourages children to read beyond the subjects taught in school.
This year’s award has focussed on books for 11-18-year-olds, published either in 2010 or 2011. The judges are writer and former publisher Simon Adams, modern languages teacher Louise Trevelyan, and school librarian Jenny Bergen.
The winner of the prize will collect a cheque for £2,000, announced at a reception for the All Party Writers Group at the House of Commons on 4th December.