Authors, Teachers and Researchers celebrate UKLA Awards

UKLA recognises the best in literacy practice and research and children’s literature at its International Conference in Chester. UKLA Children’s Book Awards Winners 2011, sponsored by MLS 12-16 Award: Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, published by Andersen Press. A powerful, devastating read for older teens: “It captures the moment perfectly, the characterisation is brilliant”. One judge’s comment summed up many opinions: “Whoever reads it will be transformed in some way. One inevitably knows more about the world and about yourself as a result of reading it.” 3-11 Award: Birdsong by Ellie Sandall, published by Egmont. The panel felt it is a book young readers will return to again and again. They particularly loved the tongue twisting bird noises and the way the picture book strikes a perfect balance between words and pictures. UKLA John Downing Award Winners 2011 The panel was most impressed by the quality of the portfolios, and the evidence in each of innovative, creative teaching of literacy. John Downing Award 2011 Jo Scott: Rowley Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Huddersfield. Jo presented showed much evidence in her portfolio of a vibrant, energetic teacher who inspires children to become self-confident, creative learners with a passion for language and literacy. Highly Commended: Flora Kisby Rosendale School, London It is evident that she is an inspirational teacher who leads the literacy learning not only for her own class but across the school and local authority.We were excited by a number of initiatives Flora had initiated including converting a double Decker bus into the school library UKLA/ Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Winners 2011

JRR Wing-Yin Chow, B., McBride-Chang,C., Cheung,H., ‘Parent-child reading in English as a second language: Effects on language and literacy development of Chinese Kindergarteners” (33.3)

Literacy Hall, C. & Thomson, P. : ‘Grounded aesthetics: the power of listening to, telling and performing community stories’ Vol 44 no.2 Highly commended: Cliff Hodges, G.: ‘Reasons for reading : why literature matters’ Vol 44 no 2 UKLA Student Research Award Winners Undergraduate Research Award: Clementine Beauvais. Postgraduate Research Award: Mihika Shah-Wundenberg. UKLA Author Award: Margaret Mallett.

Our congratulations to all the winners.


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