The School Library Association, in partnership with their sponsors, Hachette Children’s Group, have announced the winners of the School Library Association Information Book Award 2019 and the Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books at an award ceremony at Carmelite House in London on 12th November.
For the Information Book Award 2019, the Overall Winner chosen by the judges was Politics for Beginners published by Usborne; whilst the children who voted for the Children’s Choice Overall Winner were in agreement with the judges – Politics for Beginners won both Overall Awards.
The School Library Association is pleased to announce the winners for each age category in the Judge’s Award as follows: * Under 7: Hello, Horse by Vivian French and Catherine Rayner; published by Walker * 7–12: Mary and Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà, published by Andersen * 12–16: Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover; published by Usborne The School Library Association is pleased to announce the winners for each age category in the Children’s Choice Award are as follows: * Under 7: Dogs in Space, Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe; published by Wren and Rook * 7-12: When the Whales Walked, Dougal Dixon and Hannah Bailey published by words & pictures * 12-16: Politics for Beginners, Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover published by Usborne
In addition, a special commendation was given to Let’s Investigate Plastic Pollution published by Ruby Tuesday Books.
Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers.
The winners were announced at an event at Hachette Children’s Group’s offices, Carmelite House, on Wednesday 12th November, the start of National Non-fiction November.
Alison Tarrant, CEO of the School Library Association said: “Information books are an essential part of the reading diet of our young people. They are proving to be an essential part of the reading for pleasure and topic related work, and it is fantastic to celebrate the range and quality of the books which are being provided for them.”
Hilary Murray Hill, CEO, Hachette Children’s Group and sponsor of the IBA commented: “I am very proud that Hachette Children’s Group continues to sponsor the SLA Information Book Awards and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Creative, engaging and inclusive information books are at the heart of our Franklin Watts and Wayland and Wren & Rook publishing. Children’s worlds today are bigger and busier than ever – they are exposed to countless information sources and high quality non-fiction, which allows them to make sense of them all, is vital. I congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted for this year’s awards, and the winning authors and illustrators, on their inspiring achievements. Together, we are providing young people with the very best in information books.” The Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books is given to an eminent UK writer or illustrator of information books for children, to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field and the 2019 award has been given to Marcia Williams.
Marcia Williams writes and illustrates books that bring history and stories to life in the most fabulously engaging way through her cartoon strip style and gorgeous watercolours. Through clever use of the graphic novel form, Marcia has found a format that allows comment on numerous areas from myths, to history, to showcasing the role and innovation of women. She has made information accessible and engaging. All her graphic books are bright, attractive, accessible for wide age ranges and abilities, funny, popular with the kids and teachers for school topics and to read for pleasure. It is our pleasure to award the Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books to Marcia Williams.