Ivy Kids has won this year's Educational Writers Award for This is Not a Maths Book - the UK's only award for creative educational writing. The award was announced by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA).
This is Not a Maths Book is a multi-dimensional treasury of graphic activities and drawing challenges that have a mathematical basis. From simple geometric patterns to fractal art, anamorphic art, and Celtic knots, discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty.
The judges – author Jonathan Lomas, author Nicola Morgan and school librarian Nicky Ransley – said:
"With superb design, this is maths made genuinely exciting - a brilliant page turner of a book which will quite literally give you a new and more beautiful perspective on life and learning. We particularly loved the fact that it is likely to engage people of any level of mathematical aptitude or reluctance, and yet it does so without jumping up and down and shoving a 'maths is fun' message at the reader. It was genuinely pleasurable and mind-opening and you can't ask more of a book."
The School of Art by Teal Triggs, illustrated by Daniel Frost from Wide Eyed Editions was also shortlisted for the award, alongside the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy (Oxford University Press).
Author Anna Weltman and illustrators Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey were presented with a cheque for £2,000 at a reception at the House of Commons on 6th December. The Ivy Kids team was also in attendance.