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Information Book Award 2015 - Shortlist announced

IBA Illus WEBWe would like to say huge congratulations to all the wonderful authors, illustrators and publishers who have made it through onto this very highly contested shortlist for the SLA Information Book Award 2015. The quality and number of the nominations grows year on year, and the judging was so close that eleven shortlisted titles were chosen plus one commendation!

The shortlist is -


  • The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon and Stephen Biesty - Walker   ISBN 978 1 4063 3590 3

  • Molecules by Theodore Gray (photographs by Nick Mann) - Black Dog & Leventhal ISBN 978 1 57912 971 2

  • The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3


  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9

  • The Story of Money by Martin Jenkins and Satoshi Kitamuri - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 2498 7

  • Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0

  • Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom - Big Picture Press ISBN 978 1 78370 060 8


  • Tiny - the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1

  • Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 461 7

  • Ali's Story - His Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado & Andy Glynne -   BBC Learning, Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 7887 4

  • A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4152 2

Special Mention and Commendation

  • The Comedy History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Adria Meserve (ill) & Anna Claybourne with Timothy Knapman - Watts  ISBN 978 1 4451 3187 0

Hilary Murray Hill, CEO of Hachette Children’s Group said, 'On behalf of the Hachette Children’s Group, I am delighted to continue sponsorship of the SLA Information Book Awards. It’s the only UK award that celebrates not only the fantastic breadth and depth of contemporary information books, but also the incomparable value of information professionals. It’s critically important in a world full of information that librarians are appreciated for their expertise; they have a fundamental role to play in the reading and learning journeys of thousands of children. Many congratulations from everyone at the Hachette Children’s Group to the authors and illustrators on this year’s shortlist – they are an inspiration.'

Schools will soon be invited to take part in the Children's Choice voting.  Schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the award by joining in and voting for their favourite book in each section and also by choosing an overall winner.

Peters Books & Furniture support the award by supplying packs of the short listed titles as an offer to schools – this year at a 25% discount on full price.

Voting will open during June at www.sla.org.uk/vote.php and continue through to early November. 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 chosen by judges and also the Children’s votes.  

A poster and other resources featuring the titles will be available shortly from the website.  To see the full Press Release please download the PDF.

Press Release IBA 2015 Shortlist

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