UKLA invites teachers to submit their entries for the Our Class Loves This Book Award: The John Downing Award 2016, sponsored by Just Imagine.
The United Kingdom Literacy Association is calling for submissions for this year’s Our Class Love This Book: The John Downing Award 2016. Using books shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2015, this award encourages teachers to explore a book in detail, by not only looking at the author and the text, but also immersing their classes into worlds of possibility thinking.
The shortlisted books for ages 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16+ are...
Looking At The Stars Jo Cotterill (Bodley Head)
Vango: Between Sky and Earth Timothée de Fombelle ( author) & Sarah Ardizzone (translator)
The Year of the Rat Clare Furniss (Simon and Schuster)
Every Day David Levithan (Egmont)
Counting by 7’s Holly Goldberg Sloan (Piccadilly Press)
Rose Under Fire Elizabeth Wein (Egmont)
Stay Where You Are Then Leave John Boyne (Doubleday)
Us Minus Mum Heather Butler (Little, Brown)
Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales Jamila Gavin & Richard Collingridge (illustrator)
Cowgirl Giancarlo Gemin (Nosy Crow)
Scarlet Ibis Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
Oliver and the Seawigs Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (illustrator) (Oxford University Press)
The Yes Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) (Andersen Press)
Z is for Moose Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinsky (illustrator) (Andersen Press)
The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) (HarperCollins)
Hermelin: The Detective Mouse Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)
Shh! We Have a Plan Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water Gemma Merino (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Teachers may decide to use their chosen book as part of a theme they are teaching with their children, it could be an author study, or maybe a one off exploration - the choice is theirs!
The response can be presented in any way, e.g. through information technology, dance, art, drama, writing, music, spoken presentation or any combination of these.
Entries are invited any time during the autumn term 2015 and early Spring term 2016.
The deadline for entries is 28th of February 2016, 5pm UK time.
For more information on how to enter and eligibility criteria visit https://ukla.org/awards/our-class-loves-this-book-the-john-downing-award
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UKLA especially supports the development of approaches to literacy learning and teaching which underpin these understandings. The Association recognises the significance for effective language and communication learning of literature, drama, the visual media, non-fiction texts and information technology, as well as welcoming approaches to teaching which draw on the resources of a wide range of cultures and which are informed by a detailed understanding of how literacy and language work.
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