Shortlist announced: UKLA Academic Book Award 2016

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UKLA is delighted to announce the shortlist for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2016.

All 6 books selected for the shortlist evidence a passion for the teaching of English, and all 6 make distinctive contributions to the field.Their subjects include poetry, storytelling, researching children's literacy lives and developing teachers’ expertise in the teaching of reading through practitioner research and enhanced understanding of comprehension processes. The panel highly recommends all 6 shortlisted books to teachers, student teachers and teacher educators.

Morag Styles chairs the panel to choose the winner, and this panel has a difficult task ahead to choose from so many impressive titles! The winner will be announced at the UKLA International Conference taking place from 8-10 July 2016, in Bristol.

View the 2016 shortlist

Here are the authors' comments on being selected:

‘Researching and Teaching Reading’ aims to show some of the many ways in which connecting research and teaching can enhance young readers’ learning. So I am delighted that it has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2016, not least because subject associations like UKLA play such a valuable role in teachers’ professional development through encouraging and supporting their research.
- Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

The 22 teachers, 5 Local Authority co-ordinators and 5 university-based researchers involved in 'Researching Literacy Lives' will all be delighted and proud to hear the book documenting our project has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2016. UKLA as an association works hard at developing bridges between research and practice and vice versa, as we all did during this year long project.
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Teresa Cremin

All four editors are delighted that 'Making Poetry Happen' has been included on the academic book award shortlist. It is an honour to be in such distinguished company. UKLA has always done a great deal to promote research on creative literacy practices. Some of the ideas which first sparked the original ESRC Poetry Matters seminar series (from which this book and its companion volume developed) were stimulated by our discussions at a UKLA conference in Swansea many years ago. We are really pleased that, as a result of the UKLA shortlisting, the innovative work of the book's many contributors will reach an even wider audience.
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Sue Dymoke

I haven't stopped smiling since I opened the email that told me 'Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories' has been shortlisted for the UKLA academic book of the year award. I feel as if I am sitting cross legged on the floor, amongst the Giants of the education world, wondering how did I get here?
- Trisha Lee

I have a certificate on my office wall acknowledging the fact that I have been a member of UKLA for over 30 years. I am therefore very excited that 'Becoming a Teacher of Reading' has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2016. UKLA has been hugely influential on my professional journey as a teacher of reading and this book reflects many of the insights and understandings that have come from my membership and involvement. It is a privilege and a joy to be part of UKLA and a delight to feel that in some small way ‘Becoming a Teacher of Reading’ has offered something to others on that journey.
- Margaret Perkins

UKLA do an amazing job promoting literacy across the country and has been a source of inspiration through my academic career. I feel honoured (and surprised!) to be on the shortlist for the academic book award. Congratulations to all the other shortlisted entrants.
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Wayne Tennent

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