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2020 TAA Textbook Awards Media Kit

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Textbook & Academic Authors Association Announces 2020 Textbook Award Winners

Twenty-nine textbooks have been awarded 2020 Textbook Awards by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Seven textbooks received William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Awards, 14 textbooks received Textbook Excellence Awards, and eight 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 33rd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in San Diego, CA, Friday, June 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.

View the 2020 Textbook Award Winners

Nominations for the 2021 Textbook Awards are open September 1 to November 1, 2020. Learn more.


Here's what judges had to say:

An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications, 4th ed.
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"An Introduction to Kolmogorov complexity and Its Applications has been an outstanding textbook and comprehensive reference for on information complexity for over twenty years. This new edition continues that tradition by laying a terrific foundation in the early chapters for the more advanced theories and concepts that follow. Each new theorem and corollary flows naturally and logically from what came before." 

Business and Professional Communication: KEYS for Workplace Excellence, 4th ed.
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"Communications is all about simplicity and this book does a great job of demonstrating that. Business and Professional Communication: KEYS for Workplace Excellence is well written. Writing style and language places the responsibility for learning on the student but more importantly, convinces the student of the need to develop the skills. Very thorough, I wish our students had this book for their communications course!" 

Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence: An Active Learning Approach, 2nd ed.
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"The comprehensive and rich content in the textbook, Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence, is embedded in an interactive environment of quizzes, within-chapter questions, activities, a website, supportive materials from the publisher, and definitions of key terms. The student can open any page and find a compelling and provocative topic about child development, not just presented in the narrative but also illustrated in a photo, graph, or a series of questions. It provides a cornucopia of rich content presented in a form that will be highly understandable and appealing to students." 

Consumer Behavior:  Buying, Having and Being, 13th ed.
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"Consumer Behavior is a standard text in the topic that does so much: it provides even experienced practitioners with useful insights while giving everyone a clear, comprehensive, and engaging introduction to the field." 

Core Concepts in Health, 16th ed.
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"The authors of Core Concepts of Health have done a heroic job of addressing a comprehensive array of relevant health and wellness topics in a thorough, timely and engaging way. It is evident that the text strives to not only effectively educate on essential concepts, but encourage students to assess their own understanding and apply concepts in their own lives." 

Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology, 3rd ed.
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"Freshwater Ecology: concepts and environmental application of limnology is an incredible comprehensive and flexible textbook. It covers a wide variety topics that would be useful in many different classes that related to freshwater systems. It moves beyond ecologically focused topics to provide in-depth detail on many of the physical factors and process that affect the distribution and abundance of freshwater species. This textbook is able to link all physical and biological factors to real world issues in a way to provide students a way to access and connect with potentially drier topics. Dodds and Whiles thorough yet approachable treatment of the field of freshwater ecology combined with their clear writing and presentation make this an excellent book." 

Fundamentals of Image Data Mining, 1st ed.
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"Fundamentals of Image Data Mining provides excellent coverage of current algorithms and techniques in image analysis. It does this using a progression of essential and novel image processing tools that give students an in-depth understanding of how the tools fit together and how to apply them to problems." 

Human Resource Management: People, Data, and Analytics, 1st ed.
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"Human Resources Management: People, Data, and Analytics is an essential update for any aspiring HR professional. It deserves an award for its in-depth framework, effective structure, unique data, and great analytical exercises that provide both the instructors and the students with all the necessary tools for effective human resource management  and critical thinking. The authors offer an outstanding interactive guide, rooted in a thoughtful selection of convincing narrative, real-world examples, and countless applications." 

Innovation in Mixed Methods Research, 1st ed.
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"Innovation In Mixed Method Research offers unique perspectives on mixed method studies and practical guidance for researchers who must navigate the some time confusing and often complex methods of its approach. Its readability and clarity make it the most valuable book I have ever seen on mixed methods research. This practical guide to mixed methods research offers an in-depth, well-written look at the complex topic of mixed-methods research. This book will aid many graduate students and undergraduates in their quest to enter the mixed methods landscape to solve the grand challenges of our time." 

Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, 8th ed.
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"Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy is a timely book that makes an overwhelming amount of complex, but vitally important information easy-to-read and understand. In an era of social media and globalization, this is a must-read book for any student considering a career in policy and/or governance. It is a masterwork in all aspects of government intelligence policy, gathering, analysis, and ethical issues. Lowenthal presents this subject with all of its many dilemmas and enigmas using a writing style that is clear and engaging. This book should be required reading for any and all citizens with a desire to understand how government intelligence operations really work." 

Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change, 3rd ed.
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"Introduction to Criminal Justice gives an excellent insight into our world of crime fighting and justice! I have rarely read a textbook that incorporates the use of stylized visuals and current events so successfully. This book is so engaging, students might not realize they are reading such a substantively well structured and competent text, but they will definitely learn a lot from it." 

Introduction to Probability Models, 12th ed.
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"Introduction to Probability Models has been a classic in the discipline of applied probability for many years. The abundance of really interesting examples and exercises is truly impressive, and the techniques Ross brings to bear to solve problems are frequently and typically intriguing and insightful. It is the standard by which all textbooks covering uncertainty and probability theory are judged for one reason: this text has everything." 

Modeling Life: The Mathematics of Biological Systems, 1st ed.
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"Modeling Life takes a novel approach to teaching linear algebra, from functions, through systems & matrices, and into calculus and differential equations. This robust text is a must-have for science students who desire a novel approach to learning higher-level mathematics. This is the first math book that I have enjoyed reading. I actually got more excited about the topics presented in this book as I continued to read." 

Molecular Biology, 3rd ed.
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"Molecular Biology is a stellar and impressive achievement, in scope and depth, for a team of only three authors. Students should come away from a course using this book with an excellent understanding of today’s most seminal developments in molecular genetics and gene expression. It is comprehensive, up-to-date, and student-friendly." 

My Psychology, 2nd ed.
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"My Psychology by Andrew M. Pomerantz covers the wide range of topics in contemporary psychology in both content and with a design. It engages undergraduates through contemporary culture and age-related research, where appropriate. No more dry tomes--psychology becomes accessible and applicable to everyday life.  Methods used in psychological research are presented so that the student will be more capable in the future to question a popularized finding for him or herself. Bravo!" 

Nutrition for a Changing World, 2nd ed.
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"Nutrition for a Changing World is well-written, nicely organized, and very attractively presented. I especially enjoyed the spotlights and found that the quality and attractive infographics told their stories well." 

Oklahoma Studies Weekly - Our State 2nd Edition, 7th Volume
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"Oklahoma Studies Weekly - Our State is a true gem! This manuscript a beautifully written and comprehensive primer on the state of Oklahoma. The author demonstrates a clear commitment to honoring diversity and provides a culturally confident Oklahoma history. The exercises are incredibly engaging and the illustrations are meticulously in alignment with the text. This book is most deserving to win an award as it fosters critical thinking and essential knowledge about the state of Oklahoma in young readers." 

Organizing Library Collections: Theory and Practice, 1st ed. 
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"Organizing Library Collections Theory and Practice is a well written introductory text to a challenging subject for beginning LIS professionals. Kudos to Ms. Hoffman for providing engaging activities and supporting questions to aid instructors in their journey of teaching a new generation of librarians. It is a well thought out textbook for anyone interested in learning acquisitions or cataloging." 

Precalculus, 11th ed.
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"As a former high school precalculus teacher, I would definitely recommend Sullivan's Precalculus for use in my classes. From the chapter-opening to the cumulative review, this book covers all the necessary content for students to begin calculus. Based on the concept of prepare, practice, and review, it encourages reading prior to class, practicing both new and old concepts, as well as continuously reviewing in preparation for exams and projects. This text has been tested over time and has been reviewed extensively by prospective users from all quarters. This shows up in the excellent examples as well as in the practical and relevant applications." 

Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach, 8th ed.
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"Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach has been well designed to promote student growth and hold student interest. A great book that gives proofs of main results -- a rarity today."

Principles of Foundation Engineering, 9th ed.
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"Principles of Foundation Engineering is a marvelously designed and constructed text for both the undergraduate and graduate student interested in the core concepts and applications of foundation analysis and design. A must have for every civil engineers book shelf and a textbook that will utilized by students and practitioners alike." 

Research Methods in Social Work, 8th ed.
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"Research Methods in Social Work is just the textbook many of us who teach research methods to undergraduate Social Work majors have been waiting for. It will make students happy because it presents difficult (and often greatly-feared!) content in a simple, understandable, and engaging way. It will make instructors happy because students will actually read it. Royce utilizes a creative, engaging approach to demystify what some consider intimidating subject matter. The hands-on, user-friendly approach rivals more formal styles used in other methodology textbooks." 

Tall: the design and construction of high-rise architecture, 1st ed.
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"It's rare that a book which contains this much technical information is delivered in such an accessible and engaging manner. Tall: The design and construction of high-rise architecture is an important book that brilliantly weaves drawings and text to inform readers about the complexities of contemporary skyscraper design." 

The Dissection of Vertebrates, 3rd ed.
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"This is a magnificent book, a treat to read and an artistic feast for the eye. Had I been so fortunate as to have this book when I was a zoology student, it might well have changed the course of my advanced studies and career. The Dissection of Vertebrates is more than a textbook—it is an eloquent manifesto of how comparative anatomy SHOULD be taught." 

The UX Book: Agile UX Design for a Quality User Experience, 2nd ed.
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"The UX Book is an outstanding guidebook through the world of modern UX design. The authors explain the major aspects of UX in an approachable way, giving learners a sense of all the moving pieces in the process and how they fit together." 

The World Around Me Studies Weekly - My Place in Time and Space, 1st ed.
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"The World Around Me is a delightful and engaging weekly reader that is most deserving of an award. This fantastic manuscript contains engaging activity sheets that truly meet a first grader where they are and also helps to foster effective reading and comprehension skills in the target audience/population. This book does an outstanding job of respecting and honoring diversity by featuring people from a myriad of backgrounds throughout the text." 

This Land Is Your Land: Introduction to American Government and Politics, 1st ed.
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"This Land is Your Land is an excellent introduction to American Politics for students curious about the political history of the US, their role and contribution as citizens in a multi-cultural political community. It deserves to win the award due to its comprehensive coverage of a complicated topic, including the authors' ability to take a tremendous amount of information and break it down into easy to understand and very interesting information." 

Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper, 1st ed.
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"Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper is an important new textbook charged with tackling a significant problem in higher education in the U.S. The wisdom and advice in this book come from women who have been working in academia for decades, and whose thoughts, explanations, and shared experiences will no doubt enlighten and educate any reader. It demonstrates top notch writing from an impressive group of women who share their experiences in academia in an engaging manner, giving students the opportunity to learn from their personal successes and challenges." 

Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 6th ed.
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"Work in the 21st Century has been the 'bible' of industrial-organizational psychology since its debut in 2004. The sixth edition continues to provide the definitive portrait of I-O psychology." 


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