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Information Book Award

IBA Illus WEBThe Information Book Award is an annual event, in its fifth year and is a major development for information books, being designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

Information Book Award 2015

We are delighted to open the 2015 Information Book Awards.  Publishers - you are invited to submit titles for the award. 

The award is split into three categories:

  • Under 7
  • 7 – 12
  • 12 – 16

The shortlist will be announced in April 2015. Children will then be invited to vote for their favourite from the shortlist. Each category will have a Winner (voted by the judges) and a Children’s Choice Winner. There will also be an Overall Winner.

The judges are looking for information books that will stimulate interest, have an innovative approach and/or format, have child appeal, be up to date in approach as well as have value (for education and enjoyment) going forward.

  • The books must show use of appropriate pictures, language and topic for the age group and the synergies between text, layout and illustration must create a stimulating whole
  • The books must be published in 2014
  • Hardback and paperback formats are eligible
  • New editions or reprints are not eligible
  • The books may be part of a series, but need to be able to be read as standalone works
  • There must be 200+ stock of each title in June 2015, for school supply
  • To enable the children's vote to take place we will send out promotional material to all schools. There will a cost of approx. £300 for each book on the shortlist to finance printing and distribution of this material.

For further details download the Press Release PDF and the submission Form from the IBA 2015 webpage.

2014 Results

Iba Acrylic Overall 2014Read the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2014 with the announcement of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2014 shortlist and judges' comments.

Poster Download

An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2014 Award was included in the Summer 2014 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 "Soar to new heights"

PDF file, 634 kB







Poster Side 2 - "Pick Your Winner"

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

Sample Lesson Plans

A small set of possible lessons has been produced using books shortlisted for the Information Book Award. These lessons are devised using a very detailed lesson plan based on the model suggested at my school for inspection purposes. It is optional for staff to use this template. The lessons are intended as a guide to how you might use these books as part of a Programme of Study and are more likely to be relevant for classroom use rather than designated Information Literacy sessions in the School Library. They may be adapted for your own use, extended or simplified for different Key Stages.

Please note that in some schools the subject of Hallowe’en is not discussed or covered.

Lin Smith, Ecclesbourne School


Using a glossary to improve dictionary skills

PDF file, 314 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Navigating an Information Book

Word document, 35 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later


Identifying sections of an information page

PDF file, 492 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan World War II

PDF file, 169 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan Science Crazy

PDF file, 166 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan Just Ducks

PDF file, 172 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Lesson Plan Template

Word document, 61 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

Downloadable materials from Weekend Course workshop

Lin Smith and Liz Smith's Manchester Weekend Course workshop Infomagic highlighted some ways in which the Information Book Award opens up possibilities for linking into the curriculum.

View presentation and download supporting materials (lesson plans, resources, 2014 voting forms for use with classes, skills progression materials and 'learning ladders' documents)

Activity Pack

A 6pp A4 Activity Pack, produced by Annike Dase and Liz Smith, to download with ideas for library sessions and work sheets to accompany the Information Book Award.

IBA Activity Pack

PDF file, 513 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


The SLA Information Book Award is run entirely on sponsorship kindly donated by friends and supporters of the Award. No money is taken from the SLA budget so all staff time, the cost of the judging, prizes for the winners and the final award ceremony must be covered by the sponsors' donations.

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

Other information

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