Ian Gilbert’s The Little Book of Thunks: 260 Questions to Make your Brain Go Ouch! (Crown House Publishing) has won this year’s Educational Writers’ Award. The award is sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and supported and administered by the Society of Authors.
Gilbert received his cheque for £2,000 from Dr Ian Gibson MP at a reception at the Stationers’ Hall, London. This year’s award was presented for non-fiction published in 2006 and 2007 that enhanced teaching and learning for 12 to 18 year-olds.
The judges described Gilbert’s book as "a completely original book to get all ages stretching their imaginations, thinking, discussing cogently and debating… a valuable tool for the teacher”.
The three other shortlisted titles were:
- Simon Basher & Adrian Dingle for The Periodic Table – Elements with Style! (Kingfisher)
- Tish Farrell for Write Your Own Adventure Stories (Ticktock Media)
- Glenn Murphy for Why Is Snot Green? (Macmillan)
The judges also commended Meg Harper’s Wha’ever published by The Spinal Injuries Association.
The judging panel consisted of author Mel Thompson, teacher Vanessa Carey and school librarian Laura Taylor.
The 2009 Educational Writers’ Award will be for work targeting the 5-11 year old age group, published during 2007 and 2008. Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2009.