UKLA BOOK AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS
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UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association) have announced the shortlists for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards. International authors, debut authors and books in translation all feature while three authors have a chance to win the award for an unprecedented second time: Philip Reeve with his collaboration with Sarah McIntyre, for Oliver and the Seawigs and Gill Lewis, with Scarlet Ibis, both on the shortlist for the 7-11 award, and Elizabeth Wein shortlisted in the 12 – 16 category for Rose Under Fire, the sequel to Code Name Verity, which won the category two years ago. In the 3-6 category recent Red House Book Award winner, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers is shortlisted alongside Greenaway medal- winning author Mini Grey with Hermelin the Detective Mouse.
The award recognises fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books as long as they feature writing which offers language rich in layered meanings, imaginative expression and exciting vocabulary. Where present, high quality illustration is also an important feature.
UKLA Awards Committee chair, Lynda Graham, has been delighted with the response from teachers on the selection panels. The ‘shadowing’ of the judging process by student trainee teachers is becoming more and more popular with a record-breaking 29 universities across the UK taking part. This will bring quality texts to the attention of many more schools, children and young people and will encourage future teachers to become avid readers of contemporary children’s books
The nominated representatives from each panel now form the final judging panel and have the challenging task of reading all the shortlisted books in all three age categories, which will mean nursery teachers reading fiction for teenagers and secondary teachers reading picturebooks! The three winners will be announced at a wine reception on 10 July during the 51st UKLA International Conference at the National College for Teaching and Leadership, Nottingham
The Shortlists in full
The Yes by Sarah Bee (author) and Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) (Andersen Press)
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul. O. Zelinsky (illustrator) (Andersen Press
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (author) and Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) (HarperCollins)
Hermelin: The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Stay Where You Are Then Leave by John Boyne (Doubleday)
Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler (Little, Brown)
Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales by Jamila Gavin (author) and Richard Collingridge (illustrator) Tamarind Books)
Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin (Nosy Crow)
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve (author) and Sarah McIntyre (illustrator)(Oxford
Looking At The Stars by Jo Cotterill (Bodley Head)
Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothée de Fombelle ( author) and Sarah Ardizzone (translator)(Walker Books)
The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss (Simon and Schuster)
Every Day by David Levithan (Egmont)
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Piccadilly Press)
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Egmont )