UKLA Book Awards UKLA Book Awards

See which books teachers think are the best! Find the all books shortlisted for the 2015 Awards - and the shortlist from 2014 too. The three winners, for each age category, were announced on 10 July at the UKLA International Conference in Nottingham.

Click here for an exclusive look at the UKLA Longlist for 2016.



2015 Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 3-6 years category. Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's highly-entertaining new book means that colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2013
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Reader ReviewedShh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting story from a debut author-illustrator and perfect for giving a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Hermelin
Mini Grey
Hermelin is a noticer. He is also a finder. The occupants of Offley Street are delighted when their missing items are found, but not so happy to learn that their brilliant detective is a mouse! What will happen to Hermelin?... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/02/2014
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The Yes
Sarah Bee
An empowering picture book which will encourage all young readers to be bolder and braver than they ever thought they could be. The Yes loves his soft and comfy home. But he has other places to go and other things... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/03/2014
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Z is for Moose
Kelly L. Bingham
Brilliant fun in this alphabet book with a difference! Zebra is determined to get every letter of the alphabet matched to the right animal in the new A-Z he is creating. After all, it can't be that hard, can it?... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/11/2013
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2015 Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

Reader ReviewedOliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 7 - 11 years category. Award-winning Philip Reeve spins a hugely original yarn encompassing moving islands, a short sighted mermaid, a stuck-up boy by the name of Stacey de Lacey and his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales
Jamila Gavin
Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 7-11 years Features six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. This title helps you watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/09/2014
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Us Minus Mum
Heather Butler
Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 7-11 years - Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 Heart-warming as well as heart-breaking, Us Minus Mum is the story of two brothers and their lovable mongrel finding laughter in the face of... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedCowgirl
G. R. Gemin
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction Award 2015 5-12 age category Growing up on the embattled Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries, muggings, sadness and boredom. With a... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedScarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Winner of the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Stay Where You are and Then Leave
John Boyne
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 Best-selling John Boyne gives a poignant insight into the First World War as seen through the eyes of a young boy whose father goes away to fight and returns shell shocked.... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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2015 Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

Every Day
David Levithan
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 12 - 16 years category. A stunningly original and edgy exploration of love, longing and the boundaries of identity that will make you view the world from a different perspective. Both funny... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/08/2013
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Vango
Timothee De Fombelle
Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 12-16 years A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930s interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Looking at the Stars
Jo Cotterill
Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 12-16 years Amina's family is forced toflee as refuges from an obsessive regime. Even in a harsh refugee camp, Amina and hersister Jenna's situation is enhanced by the power of the imagination... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/1970
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Reader ReviewedThe Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story shot through with warmth and humour this tells of one girl's journey to find herself. Willow's view of the world is unusual.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Rose Under Fire
Elizabeth Wein
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 Highly praised for Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein's Rose Under Fire is an equally gripping story of a young female pilot's struggle for survival in desperate conditions after she is forced down... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

Don't Spill the Milk!
Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr
Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 3-6 age category 2014. Authentic setting drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to a completely different culture. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Open Very Carefully
Nick Bromley
Winner of Picture Book category Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Highly Commended in the UKLA Book Awards 3-6 age category 2014. - Brave readers will love to dive into the wide open jaws of... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Dark
Lemony Snicket
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 Possibly destined to be THE TOP PICTURE BOOK of 2013. Bestselling Lemony Snicket gives an original, delightful and empowering take on the familiar theme... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Monkey Nut
Simon Rickerty
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 for the funniest book for children aged six and under. Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The... Featured in: 3+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/01/2013
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How to Hide a Lion
Helen Stephens
This is one of the loveliest picture books of the year. A wonderful warm-hearted story of friendship with plenty of humour thrown in. And from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo - 'Funny and warm-hearted. I loved reading this with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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The Story of the Blue Planet
Andri Snaer Magnason
Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 7-11 category 2014 A whimsical fairy tale that will appeal to fans of Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss and Hans Christian Andersen, The Story of the Blue Planet is a critically acclaimed global hit being... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

Reader ReviewedThe Last Wild
Piers Torday
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for 5-12's category Now available in paperback - Do not miss this magical and astounding debut: The Last Wild by Piers Torday (yes mums and dads, his Dad Paul wrote Salmon Fishing... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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The Naming of Tishkin Silk
Glenda Millard
The first book in the Kingdom of Silk series. Griffin has a secret in his heart that nobody else knows - until he meets Layla., a princess with a daisy-chain crown. Once I had read the book, I was utterly... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/02/2013
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Reader ReviewedLiar and Spy
Rebecca Stead
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 & Winner of the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize September 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Rebecca Steed tells a wonderfully touching story with great... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/08/2013
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Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12's category 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 Abandoned as a baby, Sophie's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
Shortlisted for the Little Rebel Children's Book Award 2013. In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing –... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2013
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Now is the Time for Running
Michael Williams
Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 12-16 age category 2014. Micheal Williams' is a masterful storyteller who pulls you along the journey of a lifetime. Deo and Innocent's journey is a universal story of hope in the face of despair, and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

Reader ReviewedMonkey Wars
Richard Kurti
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - May 2013 Debut of the Month A thrilling debut novel explores tribal behaviour and the dangerous consequences of it in an action packed story of two competing monkey tribes. A troop of aggressive... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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The Bunker Diary
Kevin Brooks
Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2014. This is a hard-hitting novel which has divided opinion since winning the 2014 Carnegie Medal. Whilst having great literary merit, in Lovereading's view it is unsuitable for younger teenagers. The Bunker Diary is award-winning,... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014 - Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Children's Book of the Year 2012 Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2014
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The Positively Last Performance
Geraldine McCaughrean
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 Award winning Geraldine McCaughrean spins a brilliantly fanciful yarn in the magical setting of a disused theatre. Every night amazing things happen in the theatre but no one except the resident ghosts can see... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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The Wall
William Sutcliffe
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Longlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize A moving and thought provoking story which will encourage readers to question divisions in society. Joshua lives safely on one side of the Wall. When... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/03/2014
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Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Winner of the two most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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“A great opportunity to read an exciting range of new literature and then to share ideas with other teachers” Kaye Wilson, teacher judge.

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This year, seventy-seven teachers have been selected from schools in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham to read the longlisted books, discuss them with their group leaders, and share them with pupils.

Then they had the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of six books in each category! Which you can see here along with the 2014 shortlisted books.

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