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UKLA Book Awards

Find out 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, will be announced on July 10th at the UKLA International Conference in Nottingham.  

2015 Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

2015 Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

2015 Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

2015 Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

Hermelin

Hermelin

7+ readers

Author: Mini Grey Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

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? Will his talents go unrewarded?

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2015 Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

9+ readers

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

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 lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

Us Minus Mum

Us Minus Mum

9+ readers

Author: Heather Butler Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

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 loss.

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Stay Where You are and Then Leave

Stay Where You are and Then Leave

9+ readers

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

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. Alfie is only five when his father signs up as a soldier. Left to be the man of the house and to take care of his mother, Alfie soon suspects that something terrible has happened to his father. Working as a shoe-shine boy to earn much needed money to keep the family afloat, Alfie uncovers the truth about his father and also learns about the terrible cost of the war on everyone around him. John Boyne’s naïve narrator will feel familiar to all those who loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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2015 Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

Vango

Vango

13+ readers

Author: Timothee De Fombelle Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

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.

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Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars

13+ readers

Author: Jo Cotterill Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

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 and storytelling. Though Looking at the Stars certainly doesn’t avoid any depictions of the harshness of life for people in conflict zones, this beautifully written book leaves with a feeling of hope.

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2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (3-6 yrs)

Don't Spill the Milk!

Don't Spill the Milk!

3+ readers

Author: Stephen Davies, Christopher Corr Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

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.

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2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (7-11 yrs)

The Naming of Tishkin Silk

The Naming of Tishkin Silk

9+ readers

Author: Glenda Millard Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2013

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 smitten. I could not get hold of the rest of the series quickly enough PLAYING BY THE BOOK.

2014 Winner and Shortlisted Titles (12-16 yrs)

Lovereading4kids is pleased to feature 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.

“A great opportunity to read an exciting range of new literature and then to share ideas with other teachers” Kaye Wilson, teacher judge.

 UKLA Book Awards

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.

For more information on the UKLA Awards visit www.ukla.org/awards

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