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UKLA Book Awards Long List 2016

The UKLA has announced the long list for its 2016 Book Award.

The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers and 77 of them have been selected from schools in Bristol and the Midlands.

There are 3 or 4 groups of judges for each age category and they have until 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.

Teachers welcomed the opportunity 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.


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