Shortlist for 2022 SLA Information Book Award (IBA) Announced :: NEWS
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Shortlist for 2022 SLA Information Book Award (IBA) Announced

23 June 2022 Share

In partnership with our sponsors, Hachette Children’s Book Group (HCG), and Peters, who support the award, the we are pleased to announce our 2022 IBA shortlist

Now in its twelfth 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 then 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.

This year's shortlist is made up of 10 titles, drawing on themes of science, art and diversity.

The shortlist for each age category is as follows, listed below in the format of title, author, illustrator, publisher:




AGE 0-7

All About Diversity          Felicity Brooks          MarFerrero           Usborne

An Engineer Like Me          Dr. Shini Somara          Nadja Sarell          Wren & Rook (HCG)

Meet the Microbes          Dr Emily Grossman          Maggie Li          Wren & Rook (HCG)

What is Racism?          Katie Daynes & Jordan Akpojaro          Sandhya Prabhat          Usborne


AGE 8-12

Black and British: An Illustrated History          David Olusoga          Jake Alexander & Melleny Taylor          Macmillan Children's Books

Making a Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins          Rachel Greener          Clare Owen          Nosy Crow

Unleash Your Creative Monster: A Children's Guide to Writing          Andy Jones                  Olaf Falafel                 Walker Books


AGE 13-16

Black Artists Shaping the World          Sharna Jackson & Dr Zoé Whitely          N/A          Thames and Hudson

Grown: The Black Girl's Guide to Glowing Up          Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A.  Carter          Dorcas Magbadelo          Bloomsbury

What's the T?           Juno Dawson          Soofiya          Wren & Rook (HCG)


The 2022 shortlist sees the return of some former favourites, such as author Katie Daynes who was shortlisted for the award back in 2016 and then again last year, when she went on to become the IBA's overall 2021 winner for her Lift the Flap First Questions and Answers book, Why Do Things Die? (Usborne).

Familiar names also include bestselling author Juno Dawson, who was crowned the overall IBA Children's Choice Winner in 2017 for her mental health manual, Mind Your Head (Hot Key Books).

Along with past successes, this year also sees a shortlist debut from renowned historian and presenter David Olusoga with Black and British: An Illustrated History (Macmillan). 

For more details on this year's shortlisted titles, please download the judges' comments here.

Margaret Pemberton, IBA Chair, says: "This is once again a tremendous year for high quality, informative and enjoyable information books. The range of books is wide and they cover diverse and fascinating topics, in all of the age categories. Choosing the shortlist has been a strenuous but exhilarating challenge to the judges."

Along with the shortlist, accompanying activities that can be easily implemented in a school library or classroom setting have been released to help schools unlock the full potential of these titles. These are available to download for FREE via the SLA website, with packs of the shortlisted titles also available at a discounted price from Peters.

Voting for the Children's Choice is now open, and children are encouraged to get involved in the award by voting to crown their favourites.

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

For more information and to download your resources, please visit: www.sla.org.uk/iba-2022