The winners of this year’s UKLA Book Awards, the only UK book awards judged entirely by teachers, were announced last night.

The winning book for the 3-6 years category was Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen Rayner, published by Jonathan Cape.

The judges were “delighted by this wonderful picture book where the illustration and the language work together flawlessly to guide a young reader through the story. Good Little Wolf takes key emblems from folklore and then subverts them in a glorious final twist. Utterly unsentimental, it has originality, wit and the power to hook young readers.”

The winning book in the 7 to 11 years category was The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, published by Bloomsbury.

This is “the exceptionally well crafted tale of Kasienka and her mother, who come to England to search for her father. The story takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the difficulties and pleasures of becoming part of a new and often harsh society. Weight of Water is a powerfully emotional and beautifully rich poetic text, filled with issues demanding to be shared and discussed and accessible to children about to make their own transition to secondary school.

The winning book in the 12- 16 years category was Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, published by Electric Monkey, an imprint of Egmont Books.

This is a story “that does not flinch from the brutality of torture and interrogation, but it includes moments of wry humour which both lighten the tone and bring the characters vividly to life. It is written in the first person with a very clever interweaving of narrative, recollection and characterisation, which twists and turns in intriguing ways, keeping the reader guessing throughout. Brilliantly researched, the power of the narration make this book truly outstanding.

Alayne Ӧztürk, President of UKLA said ‘UKLA is committed to the importance of literature for children and young people. We know that literature broadens the reader’s experience of life and sense of the possible and thus should have a central place in classrooms and educational contexts. The exceptional quality of the shortlists this year and the truly outstanding winners shows that the book trade continues to publish great titles by established and new authors’.

The United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy. UKLA is concerned with literacy education in school and out-of-school settings in all phases of education and members include classroom teachers, teaching assistants, school literacy co-ordinators, LEA literacy consultants, teacher educators, researchers, inspectors, advisors, publishers and librarians.

The UKLA Book Award is unique as it is the only national book award selected by teachers from both the primary and secondary sectors.

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