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 - Shortisted titles

7 - 11 Years - Longlisted titles

12 - 16 Years - Shortlisted titles

12 - 16 Years - Longlisted titles

3 - 6 Years - Shortlisted titles

3 - 6 Years - Longlisted titles

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Baby and Toddler

Author: Lane Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

A warm, funny picture book about a group of animals and their (not so) perfect day in the garden, from beloved author and illustrator Lane Smith. Whether basking in the warmth of the sun, nibbling on a fresh yellow corn-on-the-cob, or cooling off in a clear pool of water, it is a truly beautiful afternoon for all... what could possible go wrong?

The Wolf Who Cried Boy!

The Wolf Who Cried Boy!

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: James O'Neill Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Find out what happens when the boy who cried wolf finally meets his match!

My Pictures After the Storm

My Pictures After the Storm

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2017

A funky little book that takes the “before and after” concept to unexpected places. Comical illustrations, witty wordplay, and new rhymes and jokes to find with each re-reading.

Don't Cross the Line!

Don't Cross the Line!

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Isabel Minhos Martins Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2017

A slapstick postmodern tale that is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution.

Bottle of Happiness, A

Bottle of Happiness, A

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Pippa Goodhart Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Pim and dog Tiddle went over a mountain, and found a rich market place. Pim asked a man, Please may I eat one of those beautiful fruits? What will you give me in return for the fruit? said the man. I haven't got anything, said Pim. There must be something that your people have that we don't, said a woman. Pim looked around. I think we have more happiness than you have, said Pim. Bring us some of that, then, said the man. But how can you bottle and transport happiness?

7 - 11 Years - Shortisted titles

7 - 11 Years - Longlisted titles

The Pest in the Nest Book 2

The Pest in the Nest Book 2

7+ readers

Author: Julian Gough Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

'A perfect animal double-act.' (The Times, Book of the Week)'PEACE AND QUIET,' shouts Rabbit. 'THAT'S ALL I WANT.'Owch. He's hurt his own ears again.What with Bear's snoring, and a BANG!BANG!BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done.But high in the branches, perhaps Bear can show Rabbit how to see the world from a different place ...From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of friendship, wisdom, and how to be REALLY NOISY.'Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them.' Neil Gaiman

Peter in Peril Courage and Hope in World War Two

Peter in Peril Courage and Hope in World War Two

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Helen Bate Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A moving graphic novel telling the true story of a young boy caught up in the terror of World War II.

12 - 16 Years - Shortlisted titles

12 - 16 Years - Longlisted titles

The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . . Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . .

Kid Got Shot

Kid Got Shot

YA readers

Author: Simon Mason Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A brand new and intriguing Garvie Smith mystery, featuring the same brilliant characters and dry humour as Costa Prize-shortlisted Running Girl.

Out of Heart

Out of Heart

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Irfan Master Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A powerful tale of love and strength in adversity.

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

13+ readers

Author: Lauren Wolk Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, and tensions quickly mount, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby - and to find Betty, before it is too late.

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 www.ukla.org/awards or @UKLA

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

 

 

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