The 26th Educational Publishing Awards Shortlist

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Announcing the 26th Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA) shortlist.

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.

In total, 148 entries were received — the highest in a number of years — so we would like to thank those who submitted their titles for consideration.

Many thanks also go to our fantastic judging panel, and, finally, a big congratulations to those shortlisted.

Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2019 Shortlist



Primary Award Categories 


Adaptations, Student or Teaching Resource

A shortlist for this category will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony.


Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages 



Woody Brambles

Louie & Ted (an imprint of Wild Dog Books)

Australian Backyard Earth Scientist

Peter Macinnis

National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing)


Student Resource – English (Literacy/Literature/Language)


Talk About Texts

Julie Baillie et al.

Macmillan Education Australia


Oxford Reading for Comprehension

Carmel Reilly, Holly Harper, Cameron Macintosh et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy) 

A shortlist for this category will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony.


Teaching Resource (Primary)


Informative Writing Manual

Beverley Laing

Highlighting Writing Pty Ltd trading as ‘Seven Steps to Writing Success’


Sound Waves Foundation Teacher Book and Foundation Online and Student Book

Barbara Murray, Terri Watson

Firefly Education Pty Ltd


Reference Resource


Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson

Walker Books Australia


The alphabetic principle and beyond: surveying the landscape

Robyn Cox, Susan Feez, Lorraine Beveridge

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)


Educational Picture or Chapter Book


It’s a Story, Rory!

Frances Watts, David Legge

ABC Books: An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 


Nature Storybooks: Dingo

Claire Saxby, Tannya Harricks

Walker Books Australia


Through My Eyes: Natural Disaster Zones (series)

Lyn White (series editor), Wai Chim, Zoe Daniel et al.

Allen & Unwin



Donna Rawlins, Mark Jackson, Heather Potter

Walker Books Australia




Student Resource – Junior –  English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education


The Obento Deluxe and Supreme 5e Series

Obento Deluxe: Sue Xoris, Kyoko Kusumoto, Peter Williams 

Obento Supreme: Kyoko Kusumoto, Ayako Lyons, Jean Swinyard et al.

Nelson – A Cengage Company


Pearson Humanities Victoria 7-10

Grant Kleeman, Peter Byrne, Sharon Szczecinski et al. 

Pearson Australia


iiTomo 1 to 4, Second edition

Yoshie Burrows, Yoko Nishimura-Parke, Mami Izuishi et al.

Pearson Australia



Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science


Chemistry for Queensland Units 1&2 Student book + obook assess

Krystle Kuipers, Paul Keillor, Philip Sharpe et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Jacaranda Maths Quest 11 for Queensland + studyON series

Mark Barnes, Steven Morris, Kahni Burrows et al. 



Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education


Global Interactions

Grant Kleeman, David Hamper, Helen Rhodes

Pearson Australia


English for Queensland Units 1&2 Student book + obook assess

Kelli McGraw, Lindsay Williams, Sophie Johnson

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Business for QCE Units 1 & 2: Creation and Growth

Sally Adams, Berenice Furlong, Melissa Larsson et al.

Nelson – A Cengage Company


Physical Education for Queensland Units 1&2 2E Student book + obook assess

Crystal Hede, Kate Russell, Ron Weatherby et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Macmillan Accounting VCE

Neville Box, Simon Phelan

Macmillan Education Australia


Teaching Resource (Secondary)


Physical Education for Queensland Units 1&2 2E Teacher + obook assess

Crystal Hede, Kate Russell, Ron Weatherby et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Poems to Share II

AATE and Red Room Poetry

AATE and Red Room Poetry


Reference Resource

A shortlist for this category will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony.


Tertiary and TAFE


Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year


Call of the Reed Warbler 

Charles Massy 

University of Queensland Press


Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Elizabeth Tynan

NewSouth Publishing


The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Tom Griffiths

Black Inc.


Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Billy Griffiths

Black Inc.


Grappling with the Bomb: Britain’s Pacific H-bomb Test

Nic Mclellan 

ANU Press


Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning – print 


The Child in Focus: Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Estelle Irving, Carol Carter

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Learning through Play: Creating a Play Based Approach within Early Childhood Contexts

Christine Robinson, Tracy Treasure, Dee O’Connor et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning  – blended learning (print and digital) 


The New Lawyer

Rachael Field, Nickolas James, Jackson Walkden-Browne

Wiley Australia


Financial Institutions and Markets 8e

Ben Hunt, Chris Terry



Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century: Old Institutions, New Challenges

Glenn Kefford et al. 

Cambridge University Press


Clinical Psychomotor Skills (5-Point Bondy): Assessment Tools for Nurses 7e

Joanne Tollefson, Elspeth Hillman



Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning – digital only


Bachelor of Applied Business

Chris Swan, Kathryn McInnes

La Trobe University in partnership with Didasko


Introduction to the Tibetan Language: An eTextbook for spoken and literary Tibetan

Ruth Gamble, Tenzin Ringpapontsang, Chung Tsering et al.

ANU Press


Teaching: Making a Difference, 4th Edition

Rick Churchill, Sally Godinho, Nicola F. Johnson et al. 

Wiley Australia 


Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning  – print or blended learning (print and digital) 

Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, 3rd Edition

Gail E. Tompkins, Carol Smith, Rod Campbell et al. 

Pearson Australia


Child and Adolescent Development for Educators 1e with CourseMate Express

Christi Crosby Bergin, David Allen Bergin, Sue Walker et al.



Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning – digital only


MindTap for Czinkota’s International Marketing Asia-Pacific edition 4e

Michael Czinkota, Ilkka Ronkainen, Catherine Sutton-Brady et al. 



Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

Robert Parrino, David Kidwell, Hue Hwa Au Yong et al.

Wiley Australia


Revel for Principles of Marketing, 7th Edition

Gary Armstrong, Stewart Adam, Sara Denize et al.

Pearson Australia


TAFE & Vocational Education Teaching and Learning – print or blended learning (print and digital) 


Clinical Placement Manual for the Diploma of Nursing 1e

Catherine Joustra, Ali Moloney



Support by SDL – A series for the Individual Support Worker

Hayley Costa

Skin Deep Learning Pty Ltd


TAFE & Vocational Education Teaching and Learning – digital only


SHB30315 – Certificate 3 in Nail Technology

Hayley Costa

Skin Deep Learning Pty Ltd


MindTap for Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice 7e

Kris Cole


Certificate IV in Patisserie 

Kathryn McInnes, Kathy Roser, Denise McCallum 




Hear who the winners are first – Early Bird Tickets are on sale


With thanks to our sponsors:

  • The Copyright Agency
  • OPUS Group
  • NewGen Knowledgeworks
  • VitalSource
  • Indigi-Print
  • ReadCloud and,
  • CQ University.

Interview with keynote speaker, educator and Principal, Lian Davies

Portrait of Lian Davies

Portrait of Lian DaviesLian Davies is an educator and leader with a passion for global educational systems and strategies focussing on student centred learning. Lian has worked in both Scottish and English schools in the UK, developing her leadership skills while navigating a new country and education system she became an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal in NZ in 2011. Lian moved to become Assistant Principal at Templestowe College in 2016. Continuing to develop an innovative model of education, Lian is now Principal at Whittlesea Secondary College. Lian was the winner of The Educator Rising Star Awards 2018.

Lian is one of two keynote speakers for the Educational Publishing Awards Australia in 2019. She shares her thoughts on educational products below. 


What first inspired you to embark on a career in education? Is that what keeps you there today? 

I first considered education when I was studying at university. I became part of a peer mentoring program for students who were in earlier years of our degree course. I realised how much I enjoyed helping others learn as well as how much more I understood the work through teaching it. I signed up for a post graduate teaching course after completing my honours degree and have never looked back. The pleasure of helping young people learn is a strong driver and I love to continue learning myself.


You’ve worked in a few countries. What differences have you observed about educational publishing products and purchasing them across these countries (if any)?

I have worked in Scotland, England, New Zealand and Australia. Each has its own educational systems but a common theme is the need for good quality resources to support educators in delivering engaging and challenging learning experiences for students. As the years have gone on what these resources might look like has gradually changed from the standard text book to more interactive materials. Australia and New Zealand have some strong publishers and materials that are used on both sides of the ditch and educators know they can rely on them for quality and supporting students to engage with the curriculum knowledge.


You are passionate about student-centred learning. For those who may not know what this is could you please explain it briefly?

Student centred learning is focussed on designing learning experiences that recognise and respond to the individual needs of each student. It is moving away from the previous methods of the teacher being the front and centre and all students following the lead.

Student centred educators and schools are working to understand and support student learning, rather than focusing on how best to teach or how to cover the curriculum.

We aim to actively create opportunities for families and communities to participate as equal partners in their children’s education and empower students to lead their own learning as much as possible.


How and where do you see this reflected in Australian learning resources (if at all)? What further knowledge needs to be shared to make learning resources for this model/approach? Or is this being done really well already?

Learning resources are starting to reflect this by providing a variety of media for our learners to engage with. An example would be a text book having a digital version or an audio version. I know a large number of my students who use text to speech software to support them in listening to books whilst studying. I have also seen interactive activities with some digital resources that engage our learners in a way they feel is interesting and stimulating. This shift to multiple media creates opportunities for learners to engage and experience learning differently.


Another thing you are dedicated to is about empowering students to take control of their own learning. How do learning resources help students feel empowered? Are resources helping towards this end?

As mentioned above by providing a variety of mixed media resources that students can engage with to suit their needs is a key to empowering our young people. In an age where we are understanding more around neurodiversity we want to be able to provide options for our students to engage with a range of quality materials. Flipped learning is a popular tool and allows young people to research, watch or engage with learning topics before they come into the classroom and explore these ideas further.


When it comes to choosing educational resources for your school, what features do you look out for? Why? 

This can be a complex one as it depends on the subjects, the teams who are teaching and using the resources as well as the students themselves. The ability to cover key curriculum areas, whilst not limiting to only that information is often looked at. We want to support our learners to find key information but engage their thinking and learning to relevance in the real world. Engaging them through high quality diagrams, or online pictures often allows them to see things we may not have within the classroom environment. Having links to media they can look at engages our young digital natives into an environment they are familiar with and can learn from quickly.


Is there a particular Australian resource that you really value? What aspects of it really work for you, your staff and your students?

As a science educator I always appreciated the resources that considered not only the students with books and ebooks or apps, but also provided support notes for technicians or teachers to help with practical experiments and activities. Some of the resources had clearly spent a great deal of time considering all aspects of the learning outcomes and how to ensure everyone referring to the resources were best equipped to deliver this effectively.


Register to hear Lian Davies speak at the Educational Publishing Awards being held in Melbourne on 4 September 2019. 

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Interview with authors of “Powers of Curriculum” – Brad Gobby and Rebecca Walker

Brad Gobby and Rebecca Walker are the authors of Powers of Curriculum, a teacher education textbook that was highly commended at the 2018 Educational Publishing Awards. They spoke with us recently about their book, including how it makes a difference for both students and lecturers.

Tell us a bit about yourselves.

Brad: I am senior lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University. I taught in a number of secondary schools before moving into academia to research education policy and its effects on schools. I have a passion for encouraging service educators to see the bigger picture of education, like how it is shaped by forces beyond itself. 

Rebecca: I am also a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University. Before commencing in academia, I taught in secondary schools in Australia, city and regional areas, and overseas. My areas of interest are assessment, professional experience and online education. Encompassing all of my work is the advocacy and promotion of learning and teaching approaches that support and meet individual learner needs.  I relish being able to make a positive contribution to education and the opportunity to make a difference to individuals’ learning.

What is your book Powers of Curriculum about?

Brad: Powers of Curriculum takes a sociological perspective to understanding teaching and learning in educational settings. It starts from the premise that formal education does not occur in a vacuum, and therefore the book explores historical, cultural and political aspects of Australian society that impact on curriculum, learners and teachers.

How does this resource improve educational outcomes for students?

Brad: Pre-service educators must understand the wider context of forces that shape formal education, whether that be early childhood education or formal schooling. Educators cannot adequately understand or go about their work if they do not engage with the social, cultural and political relations impacting on the education system and the lives of learners.

Rebecca: So, instead of treating educators as mere technicians of curriculum, we encourage educators to view themselves as intellectual workers. This means being equipped with the concepts, perspectives and capacity to critically interpret, interrogate and respond productively to those wider forces so as to make a positive difference to the lives of learners.

Brad: The book encourages readers to explore issues that impact on the lives of educators and learners, such as government policy, neoliberalism, poverty, cultural diversity, Indigenous education, popular culture and technology, gender norms and diverse sexualities. We want readers to connect their professional practice to an understanding of these wider forces which are often at play in education but also often ignored.

What difference does your resource make to lecturers?

Brad: We have been university educators for a while now so we appreciate what makes a useful learning resource. We used our experiences teaching in classrooms and online to create a textbook that is accessible to all readers, that carefully guides the reader through key issues, and illustrates its concepts and ideas through case studies that can be explored individually or in groups.

What was one of the highlights of writing Powers of Curriculum?

Brad: We were lucky enough to work with leading and emerging leaders in their fields. In writing their chapter, each contributor has drawn upon their expertise and their knowledge of leading edge research.

How does this resource approach the course material in a different way to others in the market?

Rebecca: This resource positions theory in an accessible and relatable manner making clear its alignment to practice. Reflective prompts, case studies and further reading provide readers with an opportunity to explore in more depth the theories and concepts presented.

Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education by Brad Gobby, Rebecca Walker is published by Oxford University Press. 



Authoring an English text : Talking with Tony Hytch


Tony Hytch’s long career in the Queensland education industry has seen him in everything from classrooms to examination halls. His varied experiences have gifted him an intimate knowledge of what students need in an educational resource to succeed. That’s why, recently, he has co-authored one of them with Macmillan Education.

In collaboration with fellow educator Jo Bickerstaff, Tony has created Essential English QCE Units 1&2, a textbook designed to meet the needs of students studying under the new Queensland syllabus. With the new requirement that students satisfactorily complete a Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority English subject in order to be eligible for an ATAR, engaging and accessible English resources are more important than ever.

Tony was a clear choice to form part of the Essential English team led by Olive McRae from Macmillan Education. He is currently employed as a Senior Project Officer with Brisbane Catholic Education, and has worked as Chief Examiner for External Exams (English) since 2006, in addition to teaching in a variety of Queensland schools. Tony was also involved in the construction of the mock External Assessment for English and the Common Internal Assessment for Essential English, two crucial assessments for the new Queensland curriculum.

Tony says one of Essential English’s strengths is that it is so closely built around the new curriculum. “It clearly takes the Unit Objectives from the Syllabus and scaffolds a range of learning activities to help students develop their skills in these areas.” By doing this, it improves educational outcomes for students by giving them the opportunity to use language for a range of purposes in a range of contexts. Once students have the confidence to engage with language, they can creatively and imaginatively respond. Rote learning is immediately obvious to an English examiner, so students who can develop thoughtful and flexible English skills are in a much better position to succeed. Essential English encourages this by using relevant and engaging texts and activities to create a more student-friendly feel.

Writing Essential English was a positive experience for both Tony and Jo. Meeting editor and writer Anita Heiss at the launch of her book Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (extracts from which appear in Essential English) was a particular highlight. Tony explains, “We were confident that [using extracts] would even further raise the profile of Anita’s book and spread the beautiful message she presents in it.”

Being given the opportunity to write a textbook allows Tony to draw on his passion for educating young people. “I love that we get to work with young people and see them grow and mature and develop their understanding and interests in English.”

We all have that one teacher we can still remember, the one that sparked a love for learning. Fewer of us have the opportunity to stay in contact with these teachers, but Tony was able to send the first advance copy of Essential English he received to his Year 11 English teacher Mr Butler, along with a note thanking him for inspiring a love of English. “Winning an award at this year’s Educational Publishing Awards would be a perfect acknowledgement of the hard work done by everyone who worked on Essential English, a resource that is an authentic and engaging interpretation of the Essential English syllabus.”

And it would make Mr Butler proud!

Teachers, librarians and booksellers – tell us what you think!

Calling all teachers, librarians and booksellers to rate your favourite educational publisher.

Now is your chance to tell us what you really think!

If you buy, sell or use textbooks or other educational resources, we want you to help decide this year’s Australian Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year.

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate excellence and innovation in educational publishing, and who better to know which companies are doing this well than our partners in education: educators and booksellers.

Please complete this short survey to have your say about educational publishers. You will be asked to rate publishers on five areas: product quality, field services, company services, marketing and innovation. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. The survey closes on Friday 28 June 2019 at 11:59pm AEST.

As a thank you, you will automatically go into the draw to win a $500 David Jones gift card. Your chances of winning are up from last year with the additional two Australian Book Industry

Award prize packs (a pile of new books!) also up for grabs.

The survey will ask for your email address to ensure we only receive one response per person. However the survey data is completely anonymous. The awards are organised by the Australian Publishers Association and if you have any issues, please contact

Thank you for completing the survey, providing our member valuable feedback, and helping us decide the Australian Primary and Secondary educational publishers of 2019.

For more information about the Educational Publishing Awards:

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Complete the survey now to win one of three prizes

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate excellence and innovation in educational publishing. The event recognises publishers’ pursuit in creating cutting-edge, groundbreaking and pedagogically sound resources for teachers and students. The most coveted awards on the night are decided by the votes of our partners in education: educators, librarians and booksellers (that’s you!).

The Educational Publishing Awards will be held on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne. Proudly sponsored by the Copyright Agency. 

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