Books about art, maths and Shakespeare make up the shortlist for the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award, organised by The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society.
The three books in the running for this year’s prize are Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy (Oxford University Press);The School of Art by Teal Triggs, illustrated by Daniel Frost (Wide Eyed Editions); and This is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book by Anna Weltman, illustrated by Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey (Ivy Kids).
The judging team, which includes author Nicola Morgan; and school librarian Nicky Ransley, said the Shakespeare dictionary is a “visually appealing treasure chest”, whilst The School of Art is “engagingly written, beautifully clear and light-hearted”. The maths title has “sheer visual pleasure on every page” and “makes you itch to take up a pencil”, they added.
The £2,000 Educational Writers’ Award was set up in 2008 “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 winner will be announced at a reception at the House of Commons on 6th December.