UK Literacy Association: Our Class Loves this Book Award

UKLA invites teachers to submit their entries for the Our Class Loves This Book Award: The John Downing Award 2016, sponsored by Just Imagine.

The United Kingdom Literacy Association is calling for submissions for this year’s Our Class Love This Book: The John Downing Award 2016.

Using books short listed for the UKLA Book Awards 2015, this award encourages teachers to explore a book in detail, by not only looking at the author and the text but also immersing their classes into worlds of possibility thinking. 

The shortlisted books for ages 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16+ are…


Looking At The Stars Jo Cotterill Bodley Head
Vango: Between Sky and Earth Timothée de Fombelle ( author) & Sarah Ardizzone (translator) Walker Books
The Year of the Rat Clare Furniss Simon and Schuster
Every Day David Levithan Egmont
Counting by 7’s Holly Goldberg Sloan Piccadilly Press
Rose Under Fire Elizabeth Wein Egmont


Stay Where You Are Then Leave John Boyne Doubleday
Us Minus Mum Heather Butler Little, Brown
Blackberry Blueand other fairy tales Jamila Gavin & Richard Collingridge (illustrator) Tamarind Books
Cowgirl Giancarlo Gemin Nosy Crow
Scarlet Ibis Gill Lewis Oxford University Press
Oliver and the Seawigs Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (illustrator) Oxford University Press



The Yes Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) Andersen Press
Z is for Moose Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky (illustrator) Andersen Press
The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) HarperCollins
Hermelin: The Detective Mouse Mini Grey Jonathan Cape
Shh! We Have a Plan Chris Haughton Walker Books
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water Gemma Merino Macmillan Children’s Books

Teachers may decide to use their chosen book as part of a theme they are teaching with their children. It could be an author study, or maybe a one off exploration – the choice is theirs!

The response can be presented in any way, e.g. through information technology, dance, art, drama, writing, music, spoken presentation or any combination of these.

Entries are invited any time during the autumn term 2015 and early Spring term 2016.

The deadline for entries is 28th of February 2016, 5pm UK time.

For more information on how to enter and eligibility criteria visit


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