Shortlist for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

The shortlist for the UKLA book awards 2020 were announced earlier this week. This year, teachers involved in selecting titles for the shortlists, had to consider new criteria which aimed to ensure that the titles chosen reflected a diverse range of voices. And so, it is not surprising that themes of inclusion and empathy feature in many of the shortlisted books. Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, the date that the winners will be announced has not yet been revealed. But in the meantime, here are the shortlisted books that you can share with your class/children.



Mixed written and illustrated by Arree Chung

The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Lubna and Pebble written by Wendy Meddour illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Julian is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love

If All the World Were.. written by Joseph Coelho illustrated by Allison Colpoys

The Visitor written and illustrated by Antje Damm translated by Sally-Anne Spencer



Slick written by M.M.Vaughan

The Eleventh Trade written by Alyssa Hollingsworth

Race to the Frozen North written by Catherine Johnson, illustrated by Katie Hickie

The Legend of Kevin written and illustrated by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

The Middler written by Kirsty Applebaum

Armistice Runner written by Tom Palmer



No Fixed Address written by Susin Nielsen

Toffee written by Sarah Crossan

Catching Teller Crow written by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullin

Lenny’s Book of Everything written by Karen Foxlee

The Skylark’s War written by Hilary McKay

Pay Attention Carter Jones written by Gary D. Schmidt


Information Books 3 -14+

Mary and Frankenstein written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Jũlia Sardὰ,

A Book of Bears written and illustrated by Katie Viggers

A Child of St. Kilda written and illustrated by Beth Waters

Counting on Katherine written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dow Phumiruck

Questions I am asked about the Holocaust written by Heidi Fried

Once Upon a Raindrop written by James Carter and illustrated by Nomoco



In other news, the Children’s Book Award has been extended and voting will remain open until September. The awards ceremony has been rescheduled to take place on 10th October.


And Nosy Crow have published a digital book for primary school children which explains the coronavirus and answers key questions about it. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the information book is freely available on the Nosy Crow website and has been already downloaded over 100,000 times.




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