15 November 2017
I am delighted to say that my book Super Skills: How to Code has been shortlisted for the ALCS 2017 Educational Writers’ Award. The book was illustrated by Venitia Dean and published by QED Publishing/Quarto.
Each chapter covers a different super skill in coding, using Scratch to make interactive programs and HTML for website design. The book includes one of my favourite Scratch games of those I've created, a platform game called Treetop Catnap.
The judges said: "Providing a lively way into an exciting new subject for all age groups, this book approaches complex ideas with both humour, and beautiful clarity. Full of handy tips and easy-to-understand instructions, it succeeds in making coding a fun activity for both boys and girls."
The other shortlisted entries are:
- Secrets Of The Sea (Author: Kate Baker; Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor)
- Fluttering Minibeast Adventures (Author: Jess French; Illustrator: Jonathan Woodward)
- Genius! The Most Astonishing Inventions Of All Time (Author: Deborah Kespert; Designer: Karen Wilks)
- Tree Of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives Of A Rainforest Tree (Author: Kate Messner; Illustrator: Simona Mulazzani)
- The Book Of Bees (Author: Wojciech Grajkowski; Illustrator: Piotr Socha; Translator: Agnes Monod-Gayraud)
The winner will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 5th December.
I'd like to thank the team at QED and illustrator Venitia Dean for all their great work on How to Code, and the judging panel and organisers for reviewing and shortlisting the book. You can find out more about How to Code here, and you can play Treetop Catnap below if you have a compatible browser (click flag to start; cursor keys move, space jumps):
[UPDATE: Congratulations to Piotr Socha, Wojciech Grajkowski and Agnes Monod-Gayraud on winning with The Book of Bees! Many thanks to ALCS, the Society of Authors and the APWG for a lovely evening on the Terrace at the House of Commons, and for shortlisting How to Code for the award.]