imls: Access your school library from your smartphone or tablet

We have updated our cookie policy to reflect recent changes in the UK/EU law concerning the use of cookies and tracking technologies. We use cookies on this website (including the page you are currently viewing) to ensure that the site functions smoothly and to help us understand how we can improve it. If you continue without changing your settings, you are agreeing to receive all cookies from the SLA website.

or view our cookie policy to find out more

Show Menu | Show Sidebar (Login/Search)

Information Book Award 2013

Winners

Stefan Gates WinnerThe 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.

Winners in each category:
  • Gates Incredible Edibles CoverUnder 7s - Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books
  • 7-12 - Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
  • 12-16 - Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children's Books
     
  • Overall Winner - Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
Children’s Choice winners
  • Hart-Davis CoverUnder 7s - Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland
  • 7-12 - Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing
  • 12-16 - 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books
     
  • Overall Children's Choice Winner - 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh ISBN 9781406337549 Walker Books

Award Ceremony 2013

Children Choice Win 2013
Children's Choice Winners Alice Hart-Davis
and Beth Hindhaugh

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
http://bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature/

Winners 2013 - Press Release

Download the Press Release

Press Release Information Book Award Results 2013

PDF file, 208 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)

 

Press Release Information Book Award Results 2013

Word document, 63 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

Shortlist for the 2013 Information Book Award

Under 7s

  • Just Ducks by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, ISBN 9781406327397 Walker Books
  • Make With Maisy by Lucy Cousins ISBN 9781406339659 Walker Books
  • Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan ISBN 9780750268943 Wayland     

7-12

  • 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 & Mary Platt, illustrated by John Kelly ISBN 9780753433997 Kingfisher (Macmillan)
  • Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates, illustrated by Georgia Glynn ISBN 9781406339062 Walker Books
  • Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja ISBN 9781848359338 QED Publishing

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: Technology by Clive Gifford ISBN 9781407131566 Scholastic Children’s Books
  • The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell, illustrated by Ian McNee ISBN 9781409523406 Usborne Publishing

Poster Download

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).

Poster Side 1 "World of Wonder"

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Side 2 "Pick Your Winner"

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

Comments on the 2013 Shortlist

Brief summaries from the panel of judges

Jayne Gould writes:

  • Your Perfect Pet: Love Your Hamster by Judith Heneghan (Wayland) - the ideal introduction to pet care for younger children, with clear and concise instructions and helpful photographs.
  • Don’t Flush: Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee by Richard Platt and Mary Platt (Kingfisher-Macmillan) - a fascinating tour through the sewage system to discover the many uses to be made of what goes down the toilet.

Lesley Martin writes:

  • The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell (Usborne) - a very well designed and organised overview of the war showing its roots in the aftermath of WWI and giving a comprehensive picture of the conflict and how it affected the world at the time and its legacy. The approach is largely chronological but also includes sections about propaganda and children at war. The text is concise and comprehensible; the illustrations apposite and well chosen to complement and enhance the information.
  • Science Crazy by Steve Parker and Raman Prinja (QED) - a colourful, engaging and interactive guide to Bubbling Biology, Crackling Chemistry, Fizzing Physics and Awesome Astronomy, this book makes excellent use of diagrams and pictures to present information visually and understandably, without ever being condescending. It is packed with everyday examples of science in the world and straightforward experiments to try at home, including making your own constellations, fruit batteries and an erupting volcano.

Sally Dring writes:

  • Just Ducks! by Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino (Walker) - beautifully illustrated and delightfully informative, ‘Just Ducks!’ is just lovely. Did you know that 'when they preen, ducks spread oil, from a little spot just under their tails…'? As a little girl goes about her daily routine, we learn all about the life of the mallards that live on the river nearby.
  • Penguins by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris (Scholastic) - a superb format and brilliant design help to make this a stunning information book. Packed full of facts about 17 different kinds of penguins, their lives and their habitats, you’ll be a penguin expert in no time!
  • 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh (Walker) - a mother-daughter combination produces the perfect mix of advice and ideas to encourage teenage girls to feel good about themselves. Learn what works for you as an individual, whilst staying happy and healthy.

Chris Brown writes:

  • Make With Maisy by Lucy Cousins (Walker) - lovely Maisy shows how to make things with superbly clear pictures, everything needed is pictured and the objectives are totally practical for Maisy's audience age: simple concepts terrifically well presented.

Lucy Forrester writes:

  • Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates (Walker) - the mad-scientist approach to food and nutrition, engagingly enthusiastic and delightfully batty. It works as both cookery book and popular science, a surprising but very effective combination.
  • Discover More: Technology by Clive Gifford (Scholastic) - a light but very clear look at the technology that affects our lives, including a great range of topics that most other books miss. A very readable title that transcends tech-geekery and grabs the reader’s interest.

Longlist for 2013 Award

IBA logoThe 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.

The Longlist

Under 7

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

Longlist 2013 Press Release

Download the Press Release announcing the 2013 Information Book Award Longlist:

Longlist 2013 Press Release

PDF file, 176 kB

Requires Adobe Reader

Sponsorship

Hachette ChildrenThe 2013 SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children's Books and is supported by Peters Bookselling Services.