This award encourages teachers to explore a book in detail, by not only looking at the author and the text, but also immersing their classes into worlds of possibility thinking. Teachers may decide to use their chosen book as part of a theme they are teaching with their children, it could be an author study, or maybe a one off exploration – the choice is theirs!
The response can be presented in any way, e.g. through information technology, dance, art, drama, writing, music, spoken presentation or any combination of these.
Entries for 2023, based on the 2022 Book Awards shortlists, are invited Autumn term 2022 and Spring term 2023. The deadline is 8 April 2023.
The winning teachers (and their authors) are invited to the UKLA International Conference in 2022 as guests of the Association, honoured at the awards ceremony and invited to present a seminar at the conference.
UKLA also hopes to arrange an author visit to the winning schools.
Watch the film of our 2021 winner by Year 6 and their teacher Ben Harris from Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School in Essex.
Chair of judges, Chris Lockwood writes: This winning entry celebrates the unadulterated joy of a teacher reading aloud to their class every day, allowing the children to respond individually and collectively with verve, creativity and passion: