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Background to the Information Book Award

IBA Illus WEBThe SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

The first award ceremony took place in 2011.

How the Award works

  • The award is split into three separate categories: under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16.
  • The judging panel consists of experienced librarians, SLA board members and a member of Peters Bookselling Services.
  • Peters Bookselling Services supported the award by supplying packs of the short listed titles as an offer to schools.
  • Children are invited to vote for their favourite book in the "Children's Choice" voting.
  • Each section will have a winner, chosen by the panel, as well as a children’s choice winner. There will also be an overall winner, awarded to the best information book across all categories.
  • The award is administered by the SLA.
  • For a more detailed look into the judging process, read the article by Jayne Gould - "Judging the SLA Information Book Award" - written for Federation of Children's Book Groups.


  • Resources from the SLA are available to accompany the Award including useful guides, lesson plans and templates to help schools and reading groups work with Information Books.

  • Sponsorship

    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 GroupThe SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children's Group and is supported by Peters Bookselling Services.