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Information Book Award

IBA Illus WEBThe Information Book Award is an annual event, in its fourth 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 2014 - Short List

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 prize!

Children’s Choice voting for schools is now open - vote here.

The award ceremony will take place in Autumn 2014 and is sponsored by Hachette Children’s Books and supported by Peters Books & Furniture.  

Under 7s

  • Questions and Answers About Your Body: Lift the Flap by Katie Daynes, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. Usborne Publishing 9781409562108
  • The Story of Stars by Neal Layton. Hodder 9781444901122
  • What’s it like to be a Bee by Jinny Johnson. Franklin Watts 9781445121888


  • The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World by Mick Webb, illustrated by Glen McBeth. Franklin Watts 9781445116266
  • Bugs by George McGavin, illustrated by Jim Kay. Walker Books 9781406328738
  • Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks. Kingfisher 9780753435762
  • The Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning and Brita GranstrÓ§m. Frances Lincoln 9781847803467


  • How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer by Dennis Nothdruft and Celia Joicey. Thames & Hudson 9780500650189
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman. Jessica Kingsley Publishers 9781849053419
  • Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt. Firefly Books 9781770851917


Comments on the 2014 Shortlist

Brief summaries from the panel of judges

Under 7
  • What's it Like to be a Bee
    A honeybee guides young children through all aspects of life in a hive, searching out nectar and making honey. Clear uncluttered illustrations and simple informative text provide a perfect introduction to a fascinating subject.
  • Questions and Answers About Your Body
    Where do my ideas come from? How do broken bones mend? What is sweat? Find the answers to these and many more questions in this superior lift-the-flap book with its simple contents page, clear and attractive illustrations and extension activities to engage young readers.
  • The Story of Stars
    A superb simple and straightforward book which informs through being totally entertaining: with working pop-ups, humour and an imaginative progression it is a totally engaging delight.
7 to 12
  • Bugs
    An extraordinary example of the craft of paper engineering combined with a precisely worded text and artfully diagrammatic picturing gives insight into the minibeast world all around us and evokes a great sense of wonder.
  • Get Into Art: Animals
    In this look at various art styles and movements through a themed series of works of art the pieces which have been selected have genuine child-appeal. The text gives a good selective amount of information to pique curiosity and invite further enquiry whilst practical activities add a further dimension.
  • The Book of Languages: Talk Your way Around the World
    It is so unusual to come across a language book that is not a textbook. This attractive book has a broad collection of facts and details about more than 20 different languages with some phrases and numbers as well as historical and geographic information.
  • The Secrets of Stonehenge
    This is a beautifully illustrated book exploring secrets which have puzzled people for hundreds of years. It looks at how and why our prehistoric ancestors built the monument and includes some current research detail.
12 to 16
  • How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer
    The mix of 'how to' examples and interviews with a wide range of designers offers plenty of information for the novice would-be fashion creator and the approachable layout is practical and engaging.
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin
    An invaluable, steadily slow and reassuring self-help book which gently leads an over-anxious teenager, as if by the hand, through stages of understanding and strategies for coping.
  • Weird Sea Creatures
    Weird indeed and wonderful too are these 50 creatures living in the deepest depths. Stunning photographs, paired with informative captions, demonstrate the adaptations to conditions including total darkness, incredible pressure and immense cold. 

Online voting by schools

Voting for the 2014 SLA Information Book Award is now open.

School librarians (or similar professionals) can vote on behalf of their school now.

Between 18 June and 18 September, schools can cast their vote for their favourite Information Book in the SLA's Information Book Award 2014, sponsored by Hachette Children's Books and supported by Peters Books and Furniture.

The SLA and the sponsors of the Information Book Award are keen that schools and their students should have a say in the final decision.

Each school can vote online for their favourite book in each category (Under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16) and for their overall favourite.

Poster Download

An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2014 Award will be 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

2013 Results

IBA Plaque Overall 2013Read the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2013 with the announcement of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2013 shortlist and judges' comments.

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

PDF file, 55 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


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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