The 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.
The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2017 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented ‘The submissions for the award this year include more really impressive very well created and presented books than ever before. Whilst this made the task of us judges somewhat arduous it has also been an exhilarating experience. Ultimately we had to make decisions recognising that we couldn’t include a number of books of a quality which meant they might well have made it onto our longlists if published and submitted in another year.
‘Then there are books for the youngest which, whilst outstanding in themselves, when judged alongside others the amount of actual information cannot compare. For example the DK Braille book Counting (978 0 2412 2834 0) is wonderful with amazingly varied tactile fingertip feeling to the objects to count (great for any child) as well as having numbers and phrases in both braille and print.’
(NB – Publishers submit books in age groups they define: judges reserve the right to move any titles to an alternative educationally appropriate age group.)
The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2017 is:
A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horacek. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406359633
Where do Babies Come From? by Kate Daynes, illustrated by Christine Pym. Usborne, ISBN 9781409598824
You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim. Wayland, ISBN 9780750296571
Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406356205
Atchoo! How we Catch a Cold by Leon Read, illustrated by Sean Sims. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146256
The Seashore (The Curiosity Box) by Peter Riley, illustrated by Krina Patel. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146300
Refugees and Migrants (Children in our World) by Ceri Roberts, illustrated by Hanane Kai. Wayland, ISBN 9781526300201
Charles Darwin’s Round the World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes. Abrams Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9781419721205
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by Various. Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9780241224939
The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650677
The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams, illustrated by James Weston Lewis. Wren & Rook, ISBN 9780750298209
The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook by Joe Archer and Catherine Craig. Wayland, ISBN 9780750298193
Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown. David Fickling Books, ISBN 9781910200537
RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden by Mike Dilger, illustrated by Sarah Horne. Bloomsbury Children’s, ISBN 9781472913432
Hello World by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by L’atelier Cartographik. 360 Degrees (Little Tiger), ISBN 9781848575035
The Brontës by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445147314
London on Fire by John C Miles. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146911
Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson. Abrams Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9781419718724
Fantastically Great Women – Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst. Bloomsbury Children’s, ISBN 9781408876985
The Book of Bees by Piotr Socha, text: Wojciech Grajkowski, translated by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650950
Staying Safe Online by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff. Usborne, ISBN 9781409597810
Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal! by Various. Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9780241228418
Timelines of World History by Jane Chisholm et al. Usborne, ISBN 9781474903936
Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt, illustrated by Gemma Correll. Hot Key Books, ISBN 9781471405310
The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill. Flying Eye Books, ISBN 9781909263833
Why is Art Full of Naked People? by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Claire Goble. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650806
Survivors by David Long, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman. Faber Children’s
What is Poetry? by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Jill Calder. Walker Books, ISBN 9781844287635
Who Are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young. Wayland, ISBN 9780750299855
The Dementia Diaries by Matthew Snyman and Social Innovation Lab, Kent. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 9781785920325
Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445150444
Voices from the Second World War by Various/First News. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406360110
The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month.
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.
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