We are delighted to share that All to Play For by Eve Ainsworth has been shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2023 in the 7-10+ category. This is the only national award for children’s books that is judged entirely by teachers.
As Shirley Young, one of the 87 teacher judges involved in this initial judging of these unique awards put it, the process really made her reflect ‘on the place of reading in the curriculum and what a huge difference the right book can make.’ The right book is defined by the criteria as being from a ‘wide and inclusive range’ of publishers and will ‘recognise a broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices.’
Chris Lockwood, Awards Chair said, ‘Despite the challenges schools have been facing this year, it was a delight to see the energy, skill, knowledge and enthusiasm our teacher judges and their book group leaders brought to the task of finding their six favourite books from such wonderful and diverse longlists.’
Eve is an award-winning and Carnegie nominated children’s author who has written for both middle grade and teen readers. All to Play For is an accessible story of one boy’s love for football and the family grief which separates him from it.