Stewart Ross wins Educational Writers' Award
9th December 2011
The 2011 Educational Writers' Award has been won by Stewart Ross for his critically-acclaimed book Moon: Apollo 11 and Beyond...The Ultimate Guide to Our Nearest Neighbour.
Founded in 2008 by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors, the prize celebrates educational writing that 'inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely'.
Ross beat off competition from a strong shortlist, including Bug Zoo by Nick Baker, Carolyn Franklin's Gorilla Journal and Mission Explore by The Geography Collective, to win the GBP 2,000 award.
The judging panel said the key reason for choosing Ross's book was its ability to build up children's understanding of the subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications.
'Moon is a highly readable text and a fascinating mix of science, history, literature, music, cinema, folklore and religion,' the judges added.
Ross was on the judging panel for last year's Educational Writers' Award, which was won by Bill Bryson for his abridged version of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.