This year's Educational Writers' Award goes to the book of bees by Wojciech Grajkowski. The 72 page book about the exploration and the history of insects was chosen by the panel consisting of school librarian Marion Le Lannou, London school headteacher Mike Reeves and Annemarie Young, a writer, editor and publisher of books for young people.
The judges praised the ?quite magnificent? title and said it provided ?a wonderfully imagined and wittily illustrated compendium of information all about bees their central role in our world, which pitches contrasting elements together in just the way that children love?. The 2017 Educational Writers? Award focuses on books for five to 11 year-olds, published in 2015 and 2016. The winning title beat off competition from They were Secrets of the Sea, written by Kate Baker and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor (Big Picture Press) Fluttering Minibeast Adventures, written by Jess French and illustrated by Jonathan Woodward, with paper engineering by Keith Finch (Red Shed), Genius! The Most Astonishing Inventions of all Time written by Deborah Kespert and designed by Karen Wilks (Thames and Hudson), How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons written by Sean McManus and illustrated by Venitia Dean (QED Publishin) and Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Simona Mulazzani (Chronicle Books).