The UKLA Book Awards seek to celebrate children’s books in order to: encourage teachers to increase their professional and personal knowledge of recently published high quality children’s books promote the place of books for young people in all educational settings from nursery to key stage 4 The books selected for the award will be titles that teachers can share with pupils as part of regular classroom experience, eg to: read for pleasure in the teacher’s read aloud programme to the whole class inspire extended response from learners (through discussion, creative interaction or understanding the wider curriculum) be the focus of study (set books, shared and guided reading) enhance all aspects of literacy learning and literary study Selection committees and teacher judges are asked to look, first and foremost, for well-written, engaging ‘reads’ and, where appropriate, outstanding illustration and design.
The judges were unanimous in their choice of winner for the category of Information Books 3-14+. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson ( Andersen), uniquely could be creatively used across the whole age range and provide multiple impetuses for further study. A book that is both beautiful and important, delivering universal messages with such powerful impact.
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The 2021 UKLA Awards, the only national awards judged by class teachers, will always be remembered as the year when the entire judging process had to be conducted online, with the judging panel only meeting and discussing the titles virtually. Yet despite this the impassioned discussions demonstrated yet again the impact that quality texts can have upon the teacher judges and the students in their classes.