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Information Book Award

IBA Illus WEBThe Information Book Award is an annual event, in its seventh 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.

Submissions for 2017

Iba Gold Sticker 150pxWe are delighted to invite publishers of information books to nominate their titles (first published in 2016) for consideration for the seventh annual Information Book Award in 2017.

The award is split into three categories:

  • Under 7
  • 7 – 12
  • 12 – 16

The shortlist will be announced in March 2017. Children will then be invited to vote for their favourite from the shortlists. 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.

Full details on the criteria for entry and a submission form to complete are available to download below.

The submission deadline for entries is 9 January 2017.

Invitation To Publishers

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader



Submission Form for Publishers 2017

Word document, 2 MB
(Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

2016 Award

IBA Books 2016 GroupThe winners of the Information Book Award 2016 were announced on 9 November 2016 at the "6th Story" roof cafe, Carmelite House, London.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. (Walker Books); whilst the Children’s Choice winner was If…: A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Wayland).

Thanks to all the authors, illustrators and publishers who participated, and special thanks to our sponsor, Hachette Children's Books, who hosted the award ceremony at their London HQ.

IBA 2016 Winner PlaqueRead the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2016 with the announcement of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2016 shortlist and judges' comments.


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 GroupThe SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children's Group and is supported by Peters Books and Furniture.

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