Andri Snær Magnason wins the UKLA Book Award






Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason recently won a UKLA Book Award in the 7-11 years category for his book The Story of the Blue Planet (is. Sagan af bláa hnettinum), translated by Julian Meldon D'Arcy and illustrated by Álaug Jónsdóttir.

The UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers. The Story of the Blue Planet is the first translated children's book to receive this award.

"The Story of the Blue Planet comes alive when your read it to a class of children who love the idea of a place, populated entirely by children, living in harmony, playing happily and bathing rarely! Into this blissful existence comes the shady character of Jolly-Goodday who entices them into a whole new level of fun - but at a cost... Suspense, laughter and many questions accompany each chapter in this book, which has been enjoyed by classes throughout the 7-11 age range, each appreciating it on different levels and inspiring moral, philosophical and environmental debate. I loved reading it aloud - you could have heard a pin drop in my class! One boy said 'Please can you just read it all day?' "  Jane Steel (judge).

For further information on this year's winners, click here.

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