New award for children’s digital books

New award for children’s digital books

The UK Literacy Association (UKLA) is launching an award for digital e-books and apps for children aged 6-8.

The Digital Book Award, created in association with Booktrust and sponsored by the Open University, is open todigital products that use sounds and visuals to make a children’s experience of a story richer and more meaningful.

Apps (for IOS or Android), e-books, online and web products, and digital products viewed on a PC or mac, are all eligible as long as they were created by publishers or developers in the UK between 1st June 2014 and 28th February 2015.

A team of academics will choose a shortlist, which will not be made public, before teachers in selected schools choose the final winner. The deadline for entry is the 25th March and the winner will be announced at a the UKLA International Conference in July.

UKLA president David Reedy said the award reflects the fact that more children are reading digitally. “The announcement of the pilot of the UKLA Digital Book Award is an exciting moment… What makes this award unique is that it will be chosen by teachers and children together and so will clearly reflect practical qualities to help develop children as readers to the full.”

Publishers can submit their entries via the UKLA website.