2014 Australian Educational Publishing Awards shortlist announced – Oxford dominates!

The shortlist of the 2014 Australian Educational Publishing Awards (EPPAs) has just been announced and excitingly, Oxford has been shortlisted for 17 titles in nine of the categories!

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association, the EPAAs celebrate excellence in educational publishing in Australia. Now in its 21st year, the event acknowledges and showcases the innovation, quality and dedication publishers devote to their pedagogical resources.

The following Oxford titles have been shortlisted:

Primary: Reference Resource

Primary: Teaching Resource

Secondary: Student Resource – Junior

Secondary: Student Resource – Senior

Secondary: Teaching Resource

TAFE and Vocational Education: Teaching and Learning Resource

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Student Resource

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning Resource

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Scholarly Resource

Congratulations to everyone at Oxford involved in the production of these titles. It’s going to be an exciting night on 17 September at the State Library here in Melbourne when the winners are announced – fingers crossed!

Visit the EPAA website for a full list of the shortlisted titles in all 16 categories, for more information on the awards themselves, how the titles are judged and who judges them.

Visit the Oxford website to find out more about our shortlisted titles or click on a title above.


Father’s Day Gift Guide From Oxford

Looking for the perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites that we think your dad will love, whether he’s a wine connoisseur, history buff, beer drinker or simply enjoys a good laugh. See the bottom of this post for details of a special offer just for you!

Oxford Companion, Beer, father's day, gift for dadThe Oxford Companion to Beer
Does your dad love beer? If the answer is yes, then we recommend the most comprehensive reference book ever published on the most popular drink in the world (after water and tea). From the brewing process to beer history, from beer styles, food paring, and glassware to barrel ageing, this book will satisfy dad whether he is a brewer, food and beverage professional, or just an enthusiast.
ISBN 9780195367133 | AU$78.95

humorous books, oxford dictionary, gift for dad, fathers dayOxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
Enjoy a good laugh with your dad with this hilarious collection of humorous quotations, full of wisecracks and wit, snappy comments and inspired fantasy. This latest edition is packed with even more quotes and covering more subjects than before, ranging from Argument to the Weather. Find the best lines from jokesters and wordsmiths including Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, and Joan Rivers.
ISBN 9780199570034 | AU$20.95

humourous books, Oxford, brief history of swearingHoly Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
This book tells the history of two kinds of swearing – the kind that’s rude, and the kind that’s legally binding. A gem of lexicography and cultural history, it is a serious exploration of obscenity – and might just expand your dads’ repertoire of words to choose from the next time he slams his finger in the car door.
ISBN 9780199742677 | AU$29.95

Oxford Companion, wine guide, gift for dad, father's day giftThe Oxford Companion to Wine
Whether your dad is a wine merchant or producer, vine grower, or simply a drinker of wine, he will love The Oxford Companion to Wine. Combining meticulously researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, this companion presents almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters of wine; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine, from its origins to the present day.
ISBN 9780198609902 | AU$76.95

Ned Kelly, kelly gang, australian bushrangers, Oxford booksThe Kelly Gang Un-masked
If your dad is a history buff, or has an interest in the Kelly legend, then this is the book for him. This controversial take on Kelly Gang will ignite fierce debate about their undeserved ranking as national heroes today. This book examines hundreds of archival documents and spells out the case against Ned and his gang carefully and in previously inaccessible detail. Seldom heard victims of the gang’s activities at last have their say.
ISBN 9780195519662 | AU$30.95

Special offer:
Visit the Oxford University Press website and enter the code DAD14 at the checkout to receive 20% off and free delivery* on the titles above.

* This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers. Offer ends Sunday 14 September 2014.

Building Independent and Successful Readers

Independent and successful readers are developed as a result of educators implementing a well balanced literacy program. A combination of diagnosing reading abilities and providing shared, guided and one-on-one instruction allows students to develop the right skills and strategies to be able to read independently. See how a coordinated program can make children love reading!

Reading independently means reading successfully, and so students are more likely to be enjoying the experience! The goal of building independent and successful readers is to foster in your students a genuine love of reading.

Diagnosing reading abilities
Teaching approaches that are based on students’ current levels of ability will best support reading development. To be independent readers, students need to be able to read and comprehend both individual words and connected text. Collecting evidence and data about students’ reading abilities allows educators to identify strategies that will help students become independent and successful readers.

Oxford Literacy Assess, read record respond, reading record

The Oxford Literacy Assess online Digital Reading Record (DRR) captures errors and reading behaviours using touch technology.

The reading record
The reading record captures students’ reading behaviours and yields extensive data that educators can use to make planning and teaching decisions. The reading record provides information about students’ use of word recognition and comprehension strategies – not just a reading level.

Assessment texts
To measure progress towards independent reading, educators need to assess a student using cognitively appropriate and accurately levelled texts. A student may decode and understand a particular text type at a certain reading level, but struggle with other text types at that same level. Therefore, it is important that students are assessed using both fiction and non-fiction texts, and a range of text types.

Next time you will get to hear from one of experts about the process the Oxford Literacy Assess books went through to make sure that they were just right for your students!

OUP ANZ & Papua New Guinea; the OUP mission at work

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country of enormous diversity and complexity.  Comprising over 800 tribal groups, today there are over 700 distinct languages.  The population is now over 7 million and is projected to exceed 9 million by 2020.

PNG is a dynamic environment, subject to political, economic and geographic vagaries and what these can cast up. Around 40 per cent of the population lives in poverty, that is, on less than $A1 a day. Preventable disease is widespread and rates of non-communicable disease are increasing. High birth rates and lack of adequate prenatal and neonatal services mean that many infants die before their first birthday and maternal death rates are among the highest in the world. An estimated 12,000 children under five die every year- around the same number as 20 years ago. Literacy rates are among the lowest in the world.

For the foreseeable future PNG will remain funding-dependent on overseas aid, principally Australia. Paradoxically PNG is also incredibly resource rich.

Producing PNG-specific titles since the late 1940s, OUP ANZ now publishes almost 500 titles for the PNG schools market, encompassing the local elementary, primary and secondary curriculum.  OUP ANZ’s PNG Department (comprising publishing, editorial and sales & marketing) has forged close ties with the Department of Education, the Curriculum Development Unit,  as well as local educators and teachers. The PNG team also has well-established business relations and credentials with PNG resellers, booksellers and stationers – and with key Aid-funded organisations namely AusAID, World Bank and EU.

Members of the PNG team regularly visit every three months for a fortnight each trip; mainly the key cities of Port Moresby and Lae but also including other major regional centres such as Goroka, Madang, Mount Hagen, Kerema, Alotau, Kavieng, Rabaul/Kokopo, Vanimo and Wewak.

In recent years we have been running a series of successful professional development workshops across the country. In July of this year PNG Publisher, Irene Sawczak, visited to conduct 13 workshops in 12 days, in four Provinces and the National Capital District. In total, 552 teachers attended these workshops. It was humbling to note that over 80 teachers in Madang came to the Saturday workshops, with many teachers travelling for over four hours to get to the venue.

As well as publishing Oxford; PNGmarket-appropriate titles and providing professional development workshops, OUP ANZ is also active in supporting the local community through charitable work. Buk bilong Pikinini (‘books for children’) was established in 2007 and is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, which aims to establish children’s libraries and promotes literacy to disadvantaged children. To date, they have established 16 libraries across the country with more planned to come.

OUP ANZ supports Buk bilong Pikinini as its organisation‘s objectives – a focus on early learning for the most disadvantaged children in Papua New Guinea – is worthy of financial support and aligns closely with the heart of OUP’s global mission to spreading learning and education.

Richard Harms
PNG Manager, OUP ANZ

Oxford Book of the Month: Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong

Wendy Quill is full up of wrong, Wendy Meddour, Mina May

This month, Steph, our Higher Education Marketing and Product Specialist, reviews the newest Wendy Quill adventure – Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong by Wendy Meddour and Mina May.

Whoops! Wendy Quill keeps having slightly awful accidents! Like when her too-fast-bike whizzes round a corner and slightly-squishes a lady, and when the ghost in her sister’s room pushes her open diary into Wendy’s hands . . .

Creative, curious and a bit clumsy, Wendy Quill is a lively and loveable character who manages to once again get herself into some sticky situations! Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong is made up of three short and snappy stories told in the first-person, each centred around one of Wendy’s ‘slightly awful accidents’ – knocking someone over on her new second-hand bike, telling a slightly dreadful lie and reading her sister’s diary. Despite good intentions, Wendy Quill gets herself into many muddles! Luckily, supported by her best friend Florence Hubert, invisible dog Bathilda Brown and a plate of sticky flapjacks, Wendy is able to work out how to make things right in the end.

There are important lessons covered along the way including road safety, respecting privacy and not judging people on their appearance that provide great messages for readers of all ages – that it’s important to be honest and that it’s ok to make mistakes. Although this is the third title in the Wendy Quill series (following Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom and Wendy Quill Tries to Grow a Pet), Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong can also be enjoyed as a standalone read.

I love that the Wendy Quill series is a mother–daughter collaboration. The author Wendy Meddour writes the stories (many based on her own quirky childhood memories – like accidently squashing someone on her bike or being a crocodile’s bottom in a school play) and her talented daughter Mina illustrates them. Mina is only 12 and has been illustrating the books using a digital tablet since she was ten years old, which is an amazing achievement! Mina’s amusing drawings perfectly complement her mum’s clever writing style and sense of humour.

One of my favourite things about the Wendy Quill series is the quirky little extras throughout the pages of each book – fun facts, side notes, lists and doodles that really engage readers in the world of Wendy Quill and this book is no exception! Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong has some great extras at the end of the book (so make sure you check them out when you’ve finished reading!) including a delicious recipe for super sticky flapjacks, included below so you can make your own.

This pocket-sized book is the perfect format for readers aged seven and up, particularly those who are just beginning to read chapter books. The compact size, three story structure and funny side notes are great for encouraging reluctant readers. I know readers of all ages will quickly warm to Wendy and her family, and relate to some of the situations she gets herself into and fans of the Alice-Miranda and Clarice Bean books should definitely add Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong to their reading lists.


250g Porridge Oats
125g Butter
125g Brown Sugar
2-3 tbsps* Golden Syrup

(*2 tablespoons for normal stickiness, but 3 tablespoons if you want it to get stuck in your teeth. And please sprinkle in squidgy sultanas if you like that sort of thing).

  • Melt the butter, syrup, and sugar in a pan.
  • Stir in the oats (and sultanas if you like them).
  • Put all the mixture on a lightly greased tray or on baking paper and squish down with a wooden spoon.
  • Cook at 180˚C for about 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool and go a bit crunchy.
  • Put on a spotty plate or something similar.
  • Share with a friend who lives in completely the RIGHT house.

Wendy Quill is Full Up of Wrong is available from the Oxford University Press website or check your preferred bookshop for availability.

RRP: AU$11.95/NZ$15.99
Available (published 5 August 2014)
ISBN: 9780192794673