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.
The winning teachers (and their authors) are invited to the UKLA International Conference 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.
Please see our 2023 Winners films below:
View Our Previous Winners Below:
The 2021 winner is:
Year 6 and their teacher Ben Harris from Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School in Essex. Chair of judges, Chris Lockwood writes: Ben’s 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:
The 2020 joint winners are:
Class Primary 1 and their teacher Zoe Lindsay at Craigbank Primary School, Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire for their submission based on the picture book Bob’s Blue Period by Marion Deuchars published by Laurence King:
Year 6 and their teacher Elena Bezoari at Ranby House School, Retford, Nottinghamshire for workbased on The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, published by Bloomsbury: