The School Library Association is launching the Information Book Award for non-fiction, sponsored by Hachette Children's Books. The annual award is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction.
Publishers will be called for submissions in early February and the shortlist will be announced in July/August. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in November.
The award will be split into three categories: under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16 years, and will be judged by librarians, SLA Board members and a member of Peters Bookselling Services. Each section will have a winner and there will also be an overall winner.
Peters Bookselling Services will supply packs of the shortlisted titles to schools, with children invited to vote for their favourite book in September and October 2011.
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