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The judges for these unique book awards, which are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will this year come from Wales, with the 2018 UKLA International Conference, at which the eventual winners are announced, being held in Cardiff.


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The judges for these unique book awards, which are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will this year come from Wales, with the 2018 UKLA International Conference, at which the eventual winners are announced, being held in Cardiff.

There are 8 groups of judges in total covering the three age categories and they have until mid-March to read the longlisted books, discuss them with their group leaders, and share them with pupils. All groups will then meet together for the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of 6 books in each category.

Headteachers welcomed the opportunity for their teachers to widen their knowledge of recent children’s titles. For UKLA, giving classroom practitioners the opportunity to read a number of new children’s books is as important as finding an overall winner. Research carried out by members of UKLA (Cremin et al 2008) clearly demonstrated the links between teachers’ knowledge of children’s books and the likelihood of pupils becoming successful readers. Despite this evidence, teachers are seldom given time to read new books or funding to purchase them when they do.

UKLA are grateful for the continued support of the award sponsors, which help the awards to grow and develop each year. Micro Librarian Services (MLS), Lovereading4schools and Lovereading4kids, recognise the value of the judging experience for schools and teachers:

‘Lovereading4schools and its sister site Lovereading4kids is very excited and proud to be a co-sponsor of the UKLA Book Awards 2018. The way UKLA work with schools and pupils complements Lovereading’s approach of using book experts and children reviewers to provide good, trusted guidance for teachers and parents that can be hard to find. We are looking forward to sharing the longlisted, shortlisted and winning books with all the parents and schools who use our websites.’ Robert Prime Director of Lovereading Ltd

The UKLA Selection Panel, chaired by Lynda Graham, whittled down the 361 publisher submissions to arrive at a set of longlists, which excitingly feature books in translation in every category and more nonfiction titles than ever. They were pleased to highlight exciting debut authors as well as established and familiar names in children’s literature. Of particular note is the success of small publishing houses like Barrington Stoke, Otter-Barry Books, Gecko Press and Tiny Owl. 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” All of the books exemplify the award criteria of writing which offers language rich in layered meanings, imaginative expression and exciting vocabulary. Where present, high quality illustration is also an important feature of the chosen texts.

Longlist 3-6

Title Author Illustrator Translator Publisher
Pigeon P.I. Meg McLaren Andersen Press
Under the Same Sky Britta Teckentrup Caterpillar Books
The Night Gardener Eric and Terry Fan Frances Lincoln
Grandad’s Secret Giant David Litchfield Frances Lincoln
Don’t Cross the Line! Isabel Minós Martins Bernardo P Carvalho Daniel Hahn Gecko Press
My Pictures after the Storm Eric Viellé Daniel Hahn Gecko Press
Odd Dog Out Rob Biddulph HarperCollins
Oi Dog! Kes and Claire Gray Jim Field Hodder
The Darkest Dark Chris Hadfield The Fan Brothers Macmillan
The Wolf Who Cried Boy James O’Neill Russell Ayto Picture Corgi
Grumpy Frog Ed Vere Puffin
The Storm Whale in Winter Benji Davies Simon & Schuster
You Must Bring a Hat Simon Philip Kate Hindley Simon & Schuster
My Name is not Refugee Kate Milner The Bucket List
A Bottle of Happiness Pippa Goodhart Ehsan Abdollahi Tiny Owl Publishing
Old Hat Emily Gravett Two Hoots
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea Morag Hood Two Hoots
A Perfect Day Lane Smith Two Hoots
Goodnight Everyone Chris Haughton Walker Books
A First Book of Animals Nicola Davies Petr Horaĉek Walker Books
A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston Walker Books
Counting with Tiny Cat Viviane Schwarz Walker Books
It Starts with a Seed Laura Knowles Jennie Webber Words & Pictures

Longlist 7-11

Title Author Illustrator Translator Publisher
The White Fox Jackie Morris Barrington Stoke
Good Dog McTavish Meg Rosoff Grace Easton Barrington Stoke
The Song From Somewhere Else A.F.Harrold Levi Pinfold Bloomsbury
Lesser Spotted Animals Martin Brown David Fickling Books
Fish Boy Chloe Daykin Richard Jones Faber & Faber
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Kieran Larwood David Wyatt Faber & Faber
Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Horatio Clare Jane Matthews Firefly Press
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe Megumi Iwasa Jun Takabatake Cathy Hirano Gecko Press
What Not to do if you Turn Invisible Ross Welford HarperCollins
Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest Julian Gough Jim Field Hodder
Welcome to Nowhere Elizabeth Laird Lucy Eldridge Macmillan
The Road to Ever After Moira Young Hannah George Macmillan
Peter in Peril Helen Bate Otter-Barry Books
Me and Mister P Maria Farrer Daniel Rieley OUP
A Story Like the Wind Gill Lewis Jo Weaver OUP
There May Be a Castle Piers Torday Quercus
The Goldfish Boy Lisa Thompson Scholastic
The Tale of Angelino Brown David Almond Alex T Smith Walker Books
Football School: Where Football Explains the World Alex, Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Spike Gerrell Walker Books
The Street Beneath My Feet Charlotte Guillian Yuval Zommer Words & Pictures

Longlist 12-16

Title Author Illustrator Translator Publisher
Optimists Die First Susin Nielsen Andersen Press
Encounters Jason Wallace Andersen Press
Goodbye Days Jeff Zentner Andersen Press
Mind The Gap Phil Earle Barrington Stoke
Passing for White Tanya Landman Barrington Stoke
We Come Apart Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan Bloomsbury
Lydia- the Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice Natasha Farrant Chicken House
The Island at the End of Everything Kiran Millwood Hargrave Chicken House
The Hypnotist Laurence Anholt Corgi
Wolf Hollow Lauren Wolk Corgi
Kid Got Shot Simon Mason David Fickling Books
Orangeboy Patrice Lawrence Hodder
Out of Heart Irfan Master Hot Key Books
The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon Orion
Saint Death Marcus Sedgwick Orion
Black Light Express Philip Reeve OUP
Frogkisser! Garth Nix Piccadilly Press
Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord Bessora Barroux Sarah Ardizzone The Bucket List
Where the World Ends Geraldine McCaughrean Usborne
The Hate You Give Angie Thomas Walker Books

Shortlist announcement w/b March 26th 2018

The winners will be announced on July 6th at the UKLA International Conference, Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

Enquires fao Lynda Graham awards@ukla.org

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