UKLA thanks author/ illustrator Chris Wormell for his illustration to honour our award. Chris is the author/ illustrator chosen by the Y1 class who were the first winners of this award in 2013. The winners of ‘Our Class Loves This Book’ will be presented with a limited edition framed copy for their school.
Winner Emma Faulkner with Author Jamila Gavin and Sponsor Nikki Gamble
UKLA is delighted to announce the winner of Our Class Loves This Book: the John Downing Award 2015 is Emma Faulkner and her Y6 class, Stenson Fields Primary Community School, Derby.
The winning submission is a creative, imaginative response to Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales by Jamila Gavin, (illustrated by Richard Collingridge), who accepted our invitation to visit the school to celebrate with the pupils.
On receiving her invitation Jamila Gavin commented "I'm so thrilled that my book inspired some winning writing, and I look forward to giving the award".
Members of the panel were captivated by each page of Emma Faulkner’s imaginative and truly innovative submission. Our delight in turning the pages, looking in the envelopes and enjoying the photographs, reflected the children’s immersion in the text. The panel was particularly impressed by the attention to detail evident throughout this project, and its lasting impact on the children and their teacher. We were left in no doubt that children in the class had been inspired by other texts on the UKLA shortlist, as well as Blackberry Blue, and that they will continue to pursue their love of literature throughout their lives. Lucky children!
The winner received her award at the UKLA 51st International Conference in Nottingham in (July 10 - 12) and presented a seminar with a children from her class and Jamila Gavin.