Call for Proposals - Textbook of the Year 2020


Wanted: the best textbooks


Textbook of the Year 2020

Through the ‘Textbook of the Year Award’ the Georg Eckert Institute , the Didacta Association and the bpd (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are able to acknowledge and honour publishers and authors of textbooks who have been courageous in choosing innovative content, design concepts or didactic methods and who have risen to the challenge of catering to competence-based learning. Three textbooks will be shortlisted from each category by a high-calibre jury of experts from academia, education practice and publishing.

The winners will be announced in March 2020 at the didacta education fair in Stuttgart. The award is under the patronage of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder. It is hoped that honouring innovative textbook concepts will serve as a stimulus to wider debates on the subject of textbooks and their value in the classroom, raise awareness of their social significance and advance the continuous development of educational materials.

Prizes will be awarded to one primary school textbook for the curricula from each of the following three categories:

  • languages
  • social studies and science
  • mathematics

In 2020 a special prize will also be awarded to educational media catering for ’German as a foreign language and language development’ in primary schools or for primary-aged children.


Entries should be:

  •  Print or digital
  • Designed for primary school (years 1-4)
  • Published after 1 July 2017
  • Curricular teaching materials i.e. textbooks or multi-part learning material, in the categories: languages (German, foreign languages), social studies and science, and mathematics.
  •  For the special prize: extra-curricular, specialised or interdisciplinary teaching materials

Entry conditions

  • Textbooks for general education subjects may be entered into any of the three categories: languages, social studies and science and mathematics.
  • Educational media publishing companies and other media producers may submit up to three titles per category.
  • Ten copies of each nominated work must be sent with the submission or ten licences made available.
  •  Where possible, three copies of any supplementary material, which would generally be ordered separately (optional CD/DVD, teacher’s handbook etc.), should be sent to the jury in order to illustrate the overall concept.
  • Textbook users (teachers, pupils etc.) may also submit nominations by e-mail. The Georg Eckert Institute will then request jury copies from the publishers.


Closing date for applications: 31 August 2019


Please send your nominations to:

Georg-Eckert-Institut –

Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung

„Schulbuch des Jahres 2020“

Celler Str. 3

38114 Braunschweig


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