UKLA today announces the long lists for the 2013 UKLA Book Award, which is the only national award to be judged by classroom teachers. Shortlisting and then the final judging will be carried out by teachers from schools located in the region of the next UKLA International Conference, which will be held at Liverpool Hope University in 2013. The awards will then be presented to the worthy winners on July 5th at a gala reception during the Conference thus showcasing the best of British publishing to an international audience .The longlisting panel includes: Marilyn Brocklehurst, Joy Court, Jaki Brien, Prue Goodwin, Daniel Hahn and Althea Samuel who faced the daunting, but enjoyable, task of reading over 300 publisher submissions to select these books for the teacher judges to consider. Lynda Graham, Chair of the panel, commented “We are very excited by the prospect of these wonderful books going into the judges’ schools and the impact they will have on the children and young people there. Our awards are all about developing teachers as readers and we know that they are looking forward to the challenge” UKLA is very grateful to the publishers who support our commitment to providing high quality literature for children and young people. The exceptional quality of the longlists this year shows that the book trade continues to publish brilliant books for young readers from both well established authors and impressive new writers. Download the longlist below.