CLL Educational Publishing Awards 17 November 2011
Publishers put their best educational books forward for the CLL Educational Publishing Awards presented on 17 November in Auckland.
Topics covered everything from HR, accounting, foodservice, English, mathematics, science, and history – one presented as a graphic novel – over the three book awards for Higher Education, Secondary and Primary sectors. In keeping with the growing importance of the area, a Digital Publishing award was also made.
This is the second year of the Copyright Licensing Ltd sponsored awards for which the winning publishers in each section received a $5,000 cheque.
Gillian Candler, convener of the CLL Educational Awards judging panel, said that the judges were impressed with the wide range of topics provided by New Zealand publishers to schools and tertiary education institutes and the high standard of design and content of books and resources. Candler, an education and publishing consultant was joined on the panel by Libby Limbrick, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland and David Greeney, former academic textbook manager at Lexis Nexis.
“The x factors that helped titles make the shortlist included exemplary pedagogical approaches and important New Zealand content presented in accessible and inspiring ways,” said Gillian Candler. “The winners combined these factors with excellent instructional design, illustrative flair, and ease of use.”
Best Book in Higher Education Winner
Contested Ground Te Whenua I Tohea: The Taranaki Wars 1860–1881 ed. Kelvin Day, published by Huia Publishers. “A valuable text that makes good use of original material, draws together experts, presents fresh insight,” said the judges.
Best Book or Series in Secondary Education Winner
Gamma Mathematics: NCEA Level 1by David Barton, published by Pearson. “A good use of colour and layout along with clear explanations and New Zealand examples make this text appealing to students.”
Best Book or Series in Primary Education Winner
School Journal Part 4 Number 3 2010and Part 3 Number 3 2010 ed. Susan Paris, published by Learning Media. “These two issues of the School Journal are dedicated to the Moriori people… a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of an important group of New Zealanders.”
Best Digital Publishing Solution
Sails Shared Interactivepublished by Pearson. “Engaging and easy to use, a product which will be loved by both students and teachers.”
The judges also gave Highly Commended Awards in three categories:
Higher Education Highly Commended: Teaching Primary School Mathematics and Statistics: Evidence-Based Practice ed. Robin Averill and Roger Harvey, published by NZCER Press
Secondary Education Highly Commended: Ngarimu: Te Tohu Toa by Kawata Teepa, published by Huia Publishers
Primary Education Highly Commended: Hina ed. Hana Pomare, published by Hana Limited
The CLL Educational Publishing Awards acknowledge excellence in presentation, content and appropriateness for New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions.
The judges further commented, “There is a good range of publications which have not just a New Zealand flavour but strong New Zealand content that helps students and teachers develop deeper knowledge and understanding of important topics for our nation.”
Fifteen years in British publishing was neatly segmented for Melanee Winder into five years each with HarperCollins, Penguin and Little, Brown ending up as deputy group sales director for Little, Brown.
So what brought her home? “My family are here and I wanted life to calm down a bit and not live with grey skies. They say it is the British weather that gets you in the end!” As compensation, Melanee, her husband who is an academic and their children have arranged for two summers back to back.
A graduate of the then fledgling Whitireia course in its second year, Melanee worked for HarperCollins here before taking off on her OE.
Highlights of her UK career have been working on the Stephenie Meyer books, and before that the Harry Potter series at its height. “To have that sort of phenomenon happen twice in a career is incredible – I must have just been in the right place at the right time.”
She returned to New Zealand without a job in mind, but has now been appointed Sales and Marketing Director for Hachette New Zealand.
Kevin Chapman said Melanee brings marvellous experience with companies and authors inside the Hachette group. “It is important that she also brings a fresh outlook, different experiences and a different point of view back to New Zealand – it can be difficult to get outside of the accepted way of operating in our small industry.”