Our Class Loves This Book Award

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)

(Walker Books)

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)

(Tamarind Books)

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


UKLA is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy. UKLA is committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally in literacy and language teaching and research. The Association was founded in 1963 as the United Kingdom Reading Association. In 2003 it changed its name to the United Kingdom Literacy Association, to reflect more accurately its wider range of focus and interest.

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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