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Textbook & Academic Authors Association Announces 2019 Textbook Award Winners

Thirty-one textbooks have been awarded 2019 Textbook Awards by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Four textbooks received William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Awards, 17 textbooks received Textbook Excellence Awards, and ten textbooks received Most Promising New Textbook Awards.

The McGuffey Longevity Award recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. The Textbook Excellence Award recognizes excellence in current textbooks and learning materials. The Most Promising New Textbook Award recognizes excellence in 1st edition textbooks and learning materials.

The awards will be presented during an awards luncheon at TAA’s 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Philadelphia, PA, Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel.

View the 2019 Textbook Award Winners

Nominations for the 2020 Textbook Awards are open September 1 to November 1, 2019. Learn more.

Here's what judges had to say:

A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fifth Edition, 5th ed.
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"A Short History of the Middle Ages accomplishes just that - it provides a concise, yet thorough and engaging, historical sweep through the end of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Enlightenment. It does an outstanding job of examining a broad swath of peoples and events while using stunning imagery to truly bring the artifacts of that world to life today." 

Attainable Region Theory: An Introduction to Choosing an Optimal Reactor, 1st ed.
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"The authors of Attainable Region Theory: An Introduction to an Choosing Optimal Reactor make what is a complex subject and decades of research accessible to the target audience in a compelling narrative with numerous examples of real-world applications." 

Big Ideas Math: Modeling Real Life Elementary Series, 1st ed.
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"Big Ideas Math deserves to win the Textbook Excellence Award due to the thorough nature of the organization, spiral-type of review problems, and colorful graphics that appeal to various age levels of learners. This text offers opportunities for extension and identifies the topics into major, supporting and additional. This is very helpful for newer teachers that are just getting familiar with specific grade-level curriculums." 

Big Ideas Math: Modeling Real Life Middle School Series, 2nd ed.
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"Big Ideas Math should receive an award for a very thorough and clear and concise math textbook.  Each chapter begins with "I can" statements that are criteria for success. In addition, the incorporation of various introductory videos, exploration tasks that include cooperative learning, self-assessments, plenty of practice problems, and word problems that delve into critical thinking make this an excellent textbook for today's learners." 

Biological Inorganic Chemistry: A New Introduction to Molecular Structure and Function, 3rd ed.
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"As interdisciplinarity becomes more important for our science and pre-health students, Biological Inorganic Chemistry: A New Introduction to Molecular Structure and Function makes me (an organic chemist) want to build a course around this book. It is therefore highly deserving of a Textbook Excellence Award." 

Blueprint for Success in College and Career, 1st ed.
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"Blueprint for Success in College and Career deserves to win the Textbook Excellence Award for making succeeding in college possible for a wide audience.  It is a straightforward, useful, and accessible textbook that makes it easier to navigate college and develop skills for succeeding beyond the classroom." 

Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions, 7th ed.
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"Larson and Edwards explore and explain calculus from the topics of limits through vector analysis in a format the allows the learner to connect the conceptual theory to the applications of the mathematics." 

Case Study Research and Applications: Design and Methods, 6th ed.
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"The best comment I could say about the Yin Case Study text is: I would use Yin's text as my primary class text to teach a course on Case Study Research based on content, organization, scholarly and practical foundations." 

Cien años de identidad: Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX, 1st ed.
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"Cien años de identidad is an innovative textbook that charts a third way between traditional literary 'survey course' and the 'introduction to literary studies' approach. It presents a thoughtful selection of texts bolstered by wonderful support materials that get students debating important themes in speaking and writing." 

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 6th ed.
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"Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach 6e" is a tour de force in its genre. It provides insights into the state of modern computer hardware as well as the ongoing challenges presented by society's insatiable demand for computing power and information accessibility. A well-worn, dog-eared copy ought to be on every practitioner's shelf." 

Creep and Hygrothermal Effects in Concrete Structures, 1st ed.
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"This text is certainly the definitive text as it relates to the important topic of creep and hygrothermal effects in concrete. It has been written by two notable experts in this field, and so it is a must have for anyone pursuing further research in this area. It is engaging, well organized, and  makes an excellent textbook along with providing a great list of references." 

Critical Statistics: Seeing Beyond the Headlines, 1st ed.
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"Critical Statistics is an excellent book for understanding statistics in the media, particularly in this era of fake news. The writing is engaging and the examples are excellent. It methodically covers many aspects of evaluating statistics including sample size, sample composition, questionnaire design/wording, and causation versus correlation. Anyone who reads this book will be able to critically evaluate statistics reported in the news." 

Customer Service Skills for Success, 7th ed.
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"Customer Service: Skills for Success by Robert Lucas provides a solid foundation for success in the service industry. The text provides a logical flow and focuses on the development of personal skills, the enhancement of skills with colleagues, and provides an analytical audience analysis of the customers themselves." 

Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 5th ed.
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"Careful readers of Data Structures and Abstractions with Java will be richly rewarded by its magnificently clear development of data structures and their Java implementations. Not only does the reader come away with a deep understanding of data structure implementations, but above all, he or she develops a data abstraction mindset that is essential for a successful computer science education." 

Essentials of Business Communication, 11th ed.
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"This textbook provides a wealth of information that directly responds to the challenges of new graduates. Using timely examples and engaging exercises, the authors have provided a textbook that will be integral to graduate success in the workplace!" 

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience: A Beginner's Guide, 2nd ed.
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"I wish this textbook was around twenty-something years ago!  It was comprehensive, very organized and easy to follow. The clear, concise and engaging style of Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2nd edition, illuminates a notoriously challenging topic." 

Fundamentals of Weed Science, 5th ed.
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"This will be one of those textbooks that you will never resell. It has so much valuable information about weeds and weed science that it will have a place of honor on your home bookshelf for years to come." 

Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions, 1st ed. 
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"Gateway to Music is a game-changer that will be welcome in any Music Appreciation classroom, in the way that it addresses the primary challenges of engagement and relevancy, throughout the well organized and simple narrative." 

Information Systems: A Manager's Guide to Harnessing Technology, 7th ed.
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"The author has done an amazing job in bringing current examples and case studies into a book on a rapidly changing field. The structure of the book--first covering a topic and then addressing case studies--works very well. The book covers the topics from a managers perspective, but includes the right amount of technical information to keep a tech person interested. Issues are addressed in-depth and their impact to businesses (both positive and negative) are covered thoroughly and not glossed over." 

Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-Based Profession, 2nd ed.
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"Introduction to Social Work, An Advocacy-Based Profession, should win the Textbook Excellence Award. This text generates critical thinking and discussion for student regarding all avenues of Social Work and advocacy."

Introduction to Strategic Public Relations: Digital, Global, and Socially Responsible Communication, 1st ed.
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"Building on the research and history of Public Relations, Page and Parnell (2019) provide an engaging textbook that focuses on the impact of public relations in a global, diversified and digital world. Focusing on social responsibility, the textbook provides the reader with a strong foundation in the ethics of any strong public relations campaign." 

IR: International, Economic, and Human Security in a Changing World, 3rd ed.
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"IR: International, Economic, and Human Security in a Changing World deserves the award because of its unique ability to integrate complex theories, challenging events, and real-life practice of international relations in a clear language, which is engaging and conversational. This introductory text offers many benefits to students of world politics, presents sound pedagogy, and also provides access for instructors to additional content, comprehensive assessment tools, and resources that promote student-instructor engagement, help master the material, and foster critical thinking." 

Legal Terminology, 7th ed.
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"Legal Terminology sets a high bar as the leading book in the field of legal studies for legal terminology. Students and instructors alike can rely on Legal Terminology as an authoritative source in helping students learn different legal terms." 

New Mexico Studies Weekly - Our State, 1st ed.
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"New Mexico Studies Weekly: Our State provides a comprehensive overview of social studies topics--including complex issues like race and ethnicity, opportunity cost, and citizen rights and responsibilities--handled in a deft and engaging manner. This vibrant, absorbing text is sure to enthrall students as it teaches them valuable social studies skills and content." 

Oklahoma Studies Weekly - Our State, 6th ed.
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"Oklahoma Studies Weekly: Our State uses Oklahoma's history, geography, ecology, economy, and people to introduce social studies concepts in a vibrant, engaging, and age-appropriate way." 

Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice, 3rd ed.
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"Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice by Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan, provides a unique answer to universities struggling with rising textbook costs.  The chapters are written using a "modular format" so that instructors can easily build a customized book that matches their learning goals.   This textbook manages to capture the key elements of successful communication within an organization, in a highly entertaining and interactive manner.  Using real life examples, interactive exercises and colorful headings and photos, this is a must have book for any organizational classroom." 

Social Psychology, 1st ed.
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"The active learning exercises, varied throughout the chapters, encourage students to engage with the material on a personal level, experience active learning exercises, and relate the information to real world applications. The research methods in social psychology take students into the heart of research in real world applications. The social psychology through application boxes also help students relate the theory to real world applications. Overall, there are many pedagogical features that assist the student, in addition to a student-friendly content, to ensure deep learning of the content, retention, and deep understanding." 

Sociology in Action, 1st ed.
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"Sociology in Action is truly excellence in textbook writing in many ways including its clear and engaging writing, use of a variety of active learning strategies, and relevance to contemporary students. One of the best textbooks I have reviewed in years." 

The CQ Press Guide to Writing in Public Policy, 1st ed.
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"The CQ Press Writing Guide for Public Policy is a godsend for professors teaching public policy and general US politics courses. Penncock provides a thorough overview of how to write audience-centered policy memos and reports." 

The Human Body in Health & Disease, 7th ed.
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"The Human Body in Health & Disease absolutely deserves to win the Textbook Excellence Award. This is a creative approach to teaching an overwhelmingly complex and ever evolving knowledge base about how the human body functions, and sometimes fails. It includes an array of study tools known to be effective for encouraging long term memory. For beginning students working toward a career in healthcare it is an excellent place to begin. For that group of students it is the best textbook that I have found during my decades of teaching Anatomy and Physiology." 

The Science of Vehicle Dynamics: Handling, Braking, and Ride of Road and Race Cars, 2nd ed.
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"The Science of Vehicle Dynamics is a masterful text written by an exceptional contributor in the field of applied mathematics. Students and professionals alike will benefit from this practical yet innovative treatment of the material, which has already impacted the industry." 

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