UKLA shortlists chosen by classroom teachers

After an intense session involving teachers from Cardiff and surrounding areas, the shortlists for the UK Literacy Association Book Awards 2018 were announced last week. The awards seek to celebrate children’s books in order to:

  • encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children’s books
  • promote the place of books for young people in all educational settings from nursery to
    key stage 4.

There are three categories; books for teachers of children 3-6 years, 7-11 years and 12-16+. The books selected for the award will be titles that teachers can share with pupils as part of regular classroom experience, for example to:

  • read for pleasure in the teacher’s read aloud programme to the whole class
  • inspire extended response from learners (through discussion, creative interaction or understanding the wider curriculum)
  • be the focus of study (set books, shared and guided reading)
  • enhance all aspects of literacy learning and literary study

These are the only book awards that are judged entirely by classroom practitioners, and judges are encouraged to share suitable titles with their classes. There is always much excitement at the shortlisting event as the three groups argue for their favourites. By the end of the evening the teacher judges were happy with the results. What do you think?

For readers of 3-6

The Night Gardener written and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan (Frances Lincoln)
Odd Dog Out written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Oi Dog written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field (Hodder)
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by The Fan Brothers (Macmillan)
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea written and illustrated by Morag Hood (Two Hoots)
It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles and illustrated by Jennie Webber (Words & Pictures)

For readers of 7-11

The White Fox written and illustrated by Jackie Morris (Barrington Stoke)
Lesser Spotted Animals written and illustrated by Martin Brown (David Fickling Books)
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa, translated by Cathy Hirano and Illustrated by Jun Takabatake (Gecko Press)
Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird and illustrated by Lucy Eldridge (Macmillan)
Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer and illustrated by Daniel Rieley (OUP)
The Street Beneath My Feet  by Charlotte Gullian and illustrated by Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)

For readers of 12-16+

Encounters by Jason Wallace (Andersen Press)
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord by Bessora, translated by Sarah Ardizzone and illustrated by Barroux (The Bucket List)
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix (Piccadilly Press)
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne).

The winners of each category will be announced at the UKLA International Conference on Friday 6 July in Cardiff.

With thanks to Prue Goodwin for the blogpost. 

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