UKLA Book Awards


Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The UKLA Book Awards are judged by classroom teachers and part of the criteria for selection is the positive impact of a book in a classroom setting. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the role of books for young people in all educational settings and to promote teachers’ knowledge of recently-published, high-quality children’s books. There are four award categories:

  • Fiction and Poetry for 3-6 year-olds.
  • Fiction and Poetry for 7-10+ year-olds.
  • Fiction and Poetry for 11-14+ year-olds.
  • Information Books for 3-14+ year-olds.

An initial longlist is put together by the UKLA Awards team but the shortlists and final winners are all chosen by panels of classroom teachers.

Read the shortlist and winner announcements for the UKLA Book Awards 2023.


  • Applications to be on the panel of Teacher Judges open in June.
  • The longlists are announced in September and Teacher Judges begin the process of reading and sharing the books with their pupils.
  • The shortlists are announced in March.
  • The winners are announced in July.

Cost: Free.

About UK Literacy Association: The UKLA is a registered charity dedicated to informing and supporting all those concerned with the development of language, literacy and communication.

Further resources:

  • The Teachers’ Reading Challenge and the OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Groups both provide further opportunities for teachers to read and discuss children’s books with their peers.
  • Books for Keeps is a free online magazine designed to help teachers and librarians keep abreast of new titles and issues relating to the children’s book world.
  • Book award shortlists are a good source of book recommendation. For a full list of children’s book awards click here.

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