Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari app by Nosy Crow wins the UKLA Best Digital Book Award 2015.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari app by Nosy Crow wins the UKLA Best Digital Book Award 2015.

UKLA is delighted to announce that the winner of the pilot UKLA Digital Book Award (in partnership with Book Trust, and sponsored by The Open University) is the app, Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari, published by Nosy Crow.

This award, covering apps suitable for the 6-8 year age group, is the only national Digital Book Award judged by teachers.  

The Flip Flap Safari app is beautifully produced and appealing and can easily be incorporated into guided reading sessions. Children have great fun creating their own animals and playing guessing games and the ‘read to me’ feature is a useful tool enabling all children to enjoy the book. Teacher judges appreciated the rich vocabulary and thought the poetry examples inspired further poetry activities in class.

Dr Natalia Kucirkova, Chair of the Digital Book Award, commented: ‘There are many apps for this age group which either replicate non-digital activities or provide an add-on experience. The choice of Flip Flap Safari as the winner shows that teachers appreciate when digital books can integrate and complement current best practice.’

Book Trust, Chief Executive, Diana Gerald said: ‘It’s time to start looking at apps and digital reading materials with the same critical eye that we use to appraise children’s reading books. We’re still looking at how best this can be done, but getting teachers-the experts on the ground-to assess these apps after using them with children in a classroom, has to be a really good starting point. Congratulations to Axel Scheffler, Flip Flap Safari is a worthy and engaging winner.’

In addition, the app Dino Tales by Kuato Studios is Highly Commended. Digitalisation offers an innovative way to enrich children’s experience of story by combining games with digital books. Dino Tales crosses into the territory of non-fiction, and teaches a range of digital skills in addition to traditional literacy. It takes aspects of game and yet keeps a strong storyline, with advanced customisation options. The children loved the app and could engage with it for extended periods of time.

For more information on the award please contact

UKLA Response to the Call For Evidence for a New National Reading Strategy

Friday, June 12, 2015

UKLA has sent its response to the call for evidence for developing a new national reading strategy in England for the ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign to get every child  reading well by the age of 11

On behalf of the Read On Get On coalition in England, the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce) has been commissioned to develop a national reading strategy for England.  This work will provide analysis of the problem, identify key objectives and set out the strategic action needed over the next decade to achieve the following target goals for 2020 and 2025:


1.   All children achieve good early language development by age five by 2020

2.   Every child is able to read well by the age of 11 by 2025, with good progress made so that we are at least halfway towards this goal by 2020


You can download UKLA’s submission below

Read the UKLA Response

Nominations Sought for UKLA Book Awards 2016

Monday, May 18, 2015

All UK based publishers of books for children and young people are invited to submit nominations for the 2016 Book Awards- the only awards to be judged by teachers.

To be eligible books must have been published between 1 June 2014 and 31st May 2015. Publishers may submit up to three books in each age category: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16+ and in addition may submit up to an additional three books from authors and illustrators shortlisted in the previous three years.

Nominate a book or find out more

Get Ready to Celebrate International Literacy Day

UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day for over 40 years.  The day reminds communities everywhere that literacy is a human right and is at the heart of basic education for all.

The UKLA International Committee has come up with some great ideas that you might like to promote in your school, library, university or community to get everyone involved in International Literacy Day 2015.

  • Create a world map with images of books from around the world displayed round the edges and linked to your chosen countries.
  • Take photographs or draw pictures of the children with a book representing their own country/culture.
  • Open the doors to parents and the community and invite them to read a book from their home country (in original language and translation).
  • Enjoy fairy tales from across the world.
  • Read 5 poems in 5 days, each from a different country.
  • Feature at least one book by an author from the countries linked to children in the school.
  • Give a book as a gift and leave a note sharing the importance of literacy.
  • Write a collaborative book, with each child designing a page explaining why reading and writing is important in their lives.  
  • Design a poster promoting reading, or writing, or both.



Let us at UKLA know how you get on!


Coming Soon: UKLA and Owen Education New Series

Friday, May 01, 2015

The series aims to inspire and inform debate about the teaching of language, literacy and English to children and young people aged 3 to 19. The booklets draw on seminal studies and development work carried out
over many years, and provide examples of effective practice. They challenge some aspects of the new National Curriculum for English and its assessment arrangements, and propose alternatives.

Six booklets will be published on June 1st:

  • English, Language and Literacy 3 to 19: Summary: John Richmond, Peter Dougill and Mike Raleigh
  • Talk: John Richmond
  • Reading 3 to 7: John Richmond
  • Writing 3 to 7: John Richmond
  • Grammar and Knowledge about Language: John Richmond
  • Drama: John Richmond.

Four booklets will be published on September 1st:

  • Reading 7 to 16: Peter Traves
  • Writing 7 to 16: John Richmond
  • Media: Andrew Burn
  • English 16 to 19: Angela Goddard.

Price per booklet £12 (£11 to UKLA members) from the UKLA online Bookshop
For more information contact John Richmond:

English, Language & Literacy Launch Speech

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