The breadth of choice and the quality of the information books in the shortlist produced a fascinating selection of winners for the 2013 award.
The Judges' Choice for Overall Winner was Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates (Walker Books).
The Children’s Choice Overall Winner was 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh (also Walker Books).
Both books are innovative and practical additions to any school library.
The School Library Association celebrated the 2013 Information Book Award on Monday 30 September 2013 with prize-giving event at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.
Marlene Johnson, Managing Director of Hachette Children’s Books, congratulated the authors and illustrators, saying, "we are very proud to be sponsoring the SLA Information Book Award, and to support school libraries and students. The SLA Award is a great way to highlight the variety and excellence of the books and information out there, and, through the feedback of students and librarians, to celebrate the very best exponents of the art of creating great non-fiction."
Chris Brown, chair of the judging panel, said “Congratulations to all the brilliant creators of our Award winning books. Once again we had a really tremendous selection of wonderful books on our long-lists and this year it proved to be extra difficult to choose the shortlisted titles. Then again it proved so extra-extra difficult to select our winners that I'm delighted, and not really surprised, that in the end the Children's Choices vary from the Judges judgements: of course any good information book that grabs the interest and attentions of a young reader is a winner!”
Bath Children’s Literature Festival
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An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2013 Award was included in the Summer 2013 issue of The School Librarian and is also available here to download and print (A3 size pdf file suitable for desktop printing at A4 or A3 size).
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Jayne Gould writes:
Lesley Martin writes:
Sally Dring writes:
Chris Brown writes:
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The longlist for the 2013 Information Book Award was announced on 28 February 2013. There was a wide variety of submissions to the award, and these were subjected to a rigorous judging process. The result of the judges' deliberations is a longlist of 25 excellent titles.
These books will now go forward to be judged again to produce a shortlist that will be announced in April 2013. We will build on the success of the Children’s Choices voting of the previous years – but from this year schools will be able to join in with voting from early June until early September. Book Packs for each age group will be available from Peters Books at a 25% discount and with free delivery in UK mainland.
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld, ISBN 9781406304916 Walker Books
Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, ISBN 9781406339369 Walker Books
Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books
Lion by Suzi Eszterhas ISBN 9781847803115 Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Make With Maisy by Lucy Cousins ISBN 9781406339659 Walker Books
Same-Sex Parents: This is My Family by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker ISBN 9780750269810 Wayland
The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley ISBN 9781742378329 Allen & Unwin
Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland
7 – 12
Discover More: Dinosaurs by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris ISBN 9781407134642 Scholastic Children’s Books
Discover More: Penguins by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris ISBN 9781407131528 Scholastic Children’s Books
Don’t Flush: Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee by Richard Platt and Mary Platt, illustrated by John Kelly ISBN 9780753433997 Kingfisher (Macmillan)
Girl Files: All About Puberty and Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey ISBN 9780750270540 Wayland
Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
Inventions: A History of Key Inventions That Changed the World by Adam Hart-Davies, illustrated by Nishant Choksi ISBN 9781406315004 Walker Books
Not for Parents: Extreme Planet by Michael Dubois and Katri Hilden, illustrated by Hugh Ford ISBN 9781743214107 Lonely Planet
Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing
Stars and the Dust That Made Us (The Universe Rocks) by Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848358867 QED Publishing
Super Science: Molecule Mayhem by Tom Adams, illustrated by Thomas Flintham ISBN 9781848772922 Templar Publishing
Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan ISBN 9781847802125 Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
12 – 16
100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books
Discover More: Ocean and Seas by Steve Parker ISBN 9781407131511 Scholastic Children’s Books
Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children’s Books
The Music Scene: The History of Modern Music by Matt Anniss ISBN 9781445113890 Franklin Watts
The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell, illustrated by Ian McNee ISBN 9781409523406 Usborne Publishing
Who Wants Pizza? by Jan Thornhill ISBN 9781445110592 Franklin Watts
Download the Press Release announcing the 2013 Information Book Award Longlist:
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