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Information Book Award: Information Book Award 2017 longlist


The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2017 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented ‘The submissions for the award this year include more really impressive very well created and presented books than ever before. Whilst this made the task of us judges somewhat arduous it has also been an exhilarating experience. Ultimately we had to make decisions recognising that we couldn’t include a number of books of a quality which meant they might well have made it onto our longlists if published and submitted in another year. 

Then there are books for the youngest which, whilst outstanding in themselves, when judged alongside others the amount of actual information cannot compare. For example the DK Braille book ‘Counting’ (978 0 2412 2834 0) is wonderful with amazingly varied tactile fingertip feeling to the objects to count (great for any child) as well as having numbers and phrases in both braille and print.’ 

(NB – Publishers submit books in age groups they define: judges reserve the right to move any titles to an alternative educationally appropriate age group.) 

The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2017 is - 


A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Petr Horacek ISBN 9781406359633   Walker Books

Where do Babies Come From? by Kate Daynes, Illustrated by Christine Pym ISBN 9781409598824 Usborne

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, Illustrated by Soyeon Kim ISBN 9780750296571            Wayland

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie, Illustrated by Salavatore Rubbino ISBN 9781406356205 Walker Books

Atchoo! How we catch a cold by Leon Read, Illustrated by Sean Sims ISBN 9781445146256            Franklin Watts

The Seashore (The curiosity box) by Peter Riley, Illustrated by Krina Patel  ISBN 9781445146300 Franklin Watts

Refugees and Migrants (Children in our world) by Ceri Roberts, Illustrated by Hanane Kai ISBN 9781526300201 Wayland

Charles Darwin’s Round the World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes ISBN 9781419721205 Abrams Books for Young Readers

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by Various ISBN 9780241224939   Dorling Kindersley

The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer ISBN 9780500650677 Thames & Hudson

7 – 12

The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams, Illustrated by James Weston Lewis ISBN 9780750298209 Wren & Rook

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook by Joe Archer and Catherine Craig ISBN 9780750298193 Wayland

Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown ISBN 9781910200537 David Fickling Books

RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden by Mike Dilger, Illustrated by Sarah Horne ISBN 9781472913432 Bloomsbury Children’s

Hello World by Jonathan Litton Illustrated by L’atelier Cartographik ISBN 9781848575035   360 Degrees (Little Tiger)

The Brontës by Mick Manning and Brita Granström ISBN 9781445147314 Franklin Watts

London on Fire by John C Miles ISBN 9781445146911 Franklin Watts  

Ada’s Ideas; the story of Ada Lovelace the world’s first computer programmer by Fiona Robinson ISBN 9781419718724 Abrams Books for Young Readers

Fantastically Great Women – Who changed the world by Kate Pankhurst ISBN 9781408876985 Bloomsbury Children’s

The Book of Bees by Piotr Socha, text: Wojciech Grajkowski, translated by Agnes Monod-Gayraud ISBN 9780500650950 Thames & Hudson

Staying Safe Online by Louie Stowell Illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff ISBN 9781409597810 Usborne

Knowledge Encyclopedia – Animals by Various ISBN 9780241228418 Dorling Kindersley


Timelines of World History by Jane Chisholm et al ISBN 9781474903936 Usborne

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt Illustrated by Gemma Correll ISBN 9781471405310 Hot Key Books

The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill ISBN 9781909263833 Flying Eye Books

Why is Art Full of Naked People? by Susie Hodge Illustrated by Claire Goble ISBN 9780500650806 Thames & Hudson

Survivors by David Long Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman ISBN 9780571316014 Faber Children’s

What is Poetry? by Michael Rosen  Illustrated by Jill Calder ISBN 9781844287635     Walker Books

Who Are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young ISBN 9780750299855 Wayland

The Dementia Diaries by Matthew Snyman and Social Innovation Lab, Kent ISBN 9781785920325 Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton ISBN 9781445150444 Franklin Watts

Voices from the Second World War by Various (First News) ISBN 9781406370430 Walker Books

The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month. 

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