2019 ALCS Educational Writers' Award #EWA19 Shortlist Announced for the UK's Only Award for Creative Educational Writing
From Art to Anxiety
LONDON, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Authors and the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 ALCS Educational Writers' Award, the UK's only award for educational writing which stimulates and enhances the learning experience.
The six outstanding books for readers aged 5-11 years on this year's shortlist bring us the colourful histories of art, and the fight for women's suffrage; the journeys of intrepid explorers; and the wonders of science and nature; as well as providing help for the anxious.
A HISTORY OF PICTURES FOR CHILDREN
Authors: David Hockney & Martin Gayford
Illustrator: Rose Blake
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
This richly illustrated and vibrantly colourful book takes young readers on a journey through art history, from early art drawn on cave walls, to the images we make today on our computers and phone cameras. Told through lively conversations between the artist David Hockney and writer Martin Gayford, it illustrates the narratives of both authors to bring the history of art alive for a young audience.
Our judges said: This beautiful and striking book showcases the wonders of art in an engaging and thought- provoking way, showing the development of art movements throughout history, and making interesting and original comparisons between media. There is also an excellent timeline of techniques and the inventions which enabled them. A delightful, even page-turning book which children will return to time and time again.
ALL BIRDS HAVE ANXIETY
Author: Kathy Hoopmann
Designer: Adam Peacock
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about aeroplanes, windows and getting enough worms to eat, birds can be anxious creatures. Through its humorous, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, this book validates everyday experiences of anxiety, providing young people with an understanding of the symptoms, and some compassionate coping strategies.
Our judges said: Covering a difficult subject in an engaging and non-patronising way, this uses wonderfully appropriate, touching and humorous photographs of real birds, coupled with insightful text to illustrate the struggles a child with anxiety might be going through. An amusing, encouraging and consoling book that is accessible to all, and is sure to be frequently shared and talked about.