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UKLA Book Awards - 2018

UKLA Book Awards - 2018

The winners of the UKLA books have been announced! The winner of the UKLA award 12-16 is We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan, the winner of the UKLA award 7-11 was shared by Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown and Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird, and the winner of the UKLA award 3-6 is Colin and Lee by Morag Hood. Find out which books teachers think are the best. Below are all the winning books and those shortlisted and longlisted for the 2018 Awards sponsored by LoveReading4Kids, LoveReading4Schools and MLS.

3 - 6 Years - Shortlisted titles

3 - 6 Years - Longlisted titles

7 - 11 Years - Shortlisted titles

7 - 11 Years - Longlisted titles

12 - 16 Years - Shortlisted titles

12 - 16 Years - Longlisted titles

LoveReading4Kids is pleased to support and co-sponsor the UKLA Book Awards this year. Run by the UK Literacy Association, what makes these awards so unique is that they are the only awards judged entirely by active classroom teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers.

The winning book in the 12 to 16+ category is We Come Apart written by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan. Published by Bloomsbury. Judges were impressed by the ‘free verse which allowed the characters to come alive’ and enabled the ‘dialogue to read convincingly’

Joint winner in the 7-11 category is Welcome to Nowhere written by Elizabeth Laird and illustrated by Lucy Eldridge. Published by Macmillan. Judges were impressed by the way it showed children how very ordinary lives can be affected by extraordinary circumstances ‘a tale that needs to be told’.

Joint winner in the 7-11 category is Lesser Spotted Animals written and illustrated by Martin Brown Published by David Fickling Books.  Judges celebrated the ‘deep learning by stealth’ which this ‘superb model of an informational text’ encouraged. 

The winning book for the 3 to 6 category Colin and Lee Carrot and Pea written and illustrated by Morag Hood. Published by Two Hoots. Judges commented ‘Very simple, very funny yet with pathos, very cleverly written to develop empathy and show the key values of friendship’.


Chair of The UKLA Selection Panel, Lynda Graham says: “the quality of submissions this year was of a particularly high standard and the panel had no easy task, but we are confident that the teachers and schools involved in the judging will benefit enormously from the impact of these quality texts in their schools”

This year the judges for these unique book awards were teachers from Wales. They read the longlisted books, shared them with pupils and discussed them with their group leaders. Then they had the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of six books in each category.

All the winners, shortlisted and longlisted books are shown in this special category and we have exclusive extracts available right here for many of the titles.

The winners were announced on July 6th at the 2018 UKLA International Conference in Cardiff.

For more information on the UKLA Awards visit or @UKLA

Click here to view the winners and shortlisted titles for 2017.