The winner of the 2011 Award for the 5-11 age group, was Stewart Ross for Moon: Apollo 11 and Beyond...The Ultimate Guide to Our Nearest Neighbour (OUP).
The shortlist also comprised:
- Nick Baker's Bug Zoo by Nick Baker (Dorling Kindersley)
- Gorilla Journal by Carolyn Franklin (Salariya Book Company)
- Mission Explore by The Geography Collective (Can of Worms Press)
The 2011 judging panel comprised: children’s writer Nicola Davies, teacher Chris Freudenberg and librarian Fiona Kirk.
The winner of the 2010 Award, for the 12-18 age group, was Bill Bryson for A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (Doubleday), which was abridged and edited by Felicia Law (Diverta Ltd.) with whom he shared the Award.
The 2010 shortlist also comprised:
- Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal (Icon Books)
- Do You Think You’re Clever? by John Farndon (Icon Books)
- A Slice of Pi by Liz Strachan, illustrated by Steven Appleby (Constable)
The 2010 judging panel included three educational experts: school librarian Maggie Campbell, teacher Louise Gerrard and writer Stewart Ross.
- The 2009 Award - for the 5-11 age group - was won by the ‘disgustingly good’ Gooey, Chewy, Rumble, Plop Book by Steve Alton, Nick Sharratt and Sally Symes (Bodley Head), seeing off strong competition.
The four other shortlisted titles were:
- How to Make Manga Characters by Katy Coope (Collins Big Cat)
- Chocolate – The Bean that Conquered the World by Vivian French, ill. Paul Howard (Walker)
- Tail-End Charlie by Mick Manning & Brita Granström (Frances Lincoln)
- Archie’s War – My Scrapbook of the First World War by Marcia Williams (Walker)
- The winner of the inaugural Educational Writers' Award was Ian Gilbert for The Little Book of Thunks: 260 Questions to Make your Brain Go Ouch! (Crown House Publishing).
The three other shortlisted titles were:
- Simon Basher & Adrian Dingle for The Periodic Table – Elements with Style! (Kingfisher)
- Tish Farrell for Write Your Own Adventure Stories (Ticktock Media)
- Glenn Murphy for Why Is Snot Green? (Macmillan)
The judges also commended Meg Harper's Wha'ever published by The Spinal Injuries Association.