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IBA Longlist Announced

06 May 2021 Share


In partnership with our sponsors, Hachette Children’s Group, and supporters, Peters, we are pleased to announce our 2021 Information Book Award (IBA) longlist.

Now in its eleventh year, the IBA aims to emphasise the importance of non-fiction by highlighting and celebrating the high standard of children’s information books. The awards are divided into three age categories, judged by a panel of educators. Children will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourites in each group, as well as their favourite overall, to determine four additional Children’s Choice winners.

The longlist for each age category is as follows:


Age 0 - 7


Building a Home     Polly Faber     Klas Fahlén      9781788006569     Nosy Crow 

Fox: A Circle of Life Story     Isabel Thomas     Daniel Egnéus     9781526600776     Bloomsbury 

Grow     Nicola Davies     Emily Sutton     9781406382778     Walker Books  

How to Build an Orchestra     Mary Auld     Elisa Paganelli     9781526309839     Hachette

What Do Scientists Do All Day?     Jane Wilshire     Maggie Li     9780711249776     Wide Eyed Editions

Who is in the Egg?     Alexandra Milton     9781912757626     Boxer Books 

Who Makes a Forest?     Sally Nicholls     Carolina Rabei     9781783449194     Anderson Press 

Why Do Things Die?     Katie Daynes     Christine Pym     9781474979887     Usborne

Wild Weather     Emily Bone     Bao Luu     9781474968874     Usborne 



Age 8 - 12


Amazing Discoveries of 100 Brilliant Scientists     Abigail Wheatley     Leonard Dupond     9781474950800     Usborne

Big Ideas for Young Thinkers     Jamia Wilson     Andrea Pippins     9780711258358     White Lion 

How Art Works     Sarah Hull     Various illustrators     9781409598893     Usborne

How Many Mice Make an Elephant?     Tracey Turner     Aaron Cushley     9780753445402     Pan Macmillan

I Am Not a Label     Cerrie Burnell     Lauren Mark Baldo     9780711247444     Wide Eye Editions

Question Everything: An Investigator’s Toolkit     Susan Martineau     Vicky Barker     9781912909353     b small publishing 

The Missing     Michael Rosen     9781406386752     Walker Books 

This is Our World     Tracey Turner     Åsa Gilland     9780753445792     Pan Macmillan

Wild City     Ben Hoare     Lucy Rose     9780753446102     Pan Macmillan

Youthquake     Tom Adams     Sarah Walsh     9781788007634     Nosy Crow


Age 13 - 16


Black and British     David Olusoga     9781529063394     Pan Macmillan

Come on Life     Nikki Lilly     9781406392821     Walker Books

Economics for Beginners     Andrew Prentice     Federico Mariani     9781474950688     Usborne

Fake News     Tom Jackson     Cristina Guitian     9780711250321     QED Publishing

Have Pride     Stella Caldwell     9781783125500     Welbeck Publishing 

This Book is Anti-Racist     Tiffany Jewell     Aurélia Durand     9780711245204     Frances Lincoln

Timelines from Black History     DK and Mireille     DK     9780241503614 DK

Vegan Do It     Charlotte Willis     Anna Seixas     9781526312204     Hachette 

Yes, You Can     Natasha Devon     9781529020731     Pan Macmillan


The shortlist will be announced in early June, along with the release of accompanying activities that can be easily implemented in a school library or classroom setting. These will be available at a discounted price from Peters. 

Voting for the Children's Choice will also open with the shortlist announcement in June.

The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony to take place in November.