IBA 2020

IBA 2020 

The winners for the tenth year of the Information Book Award were announced at a virtual ceremony on the evening of Thursday 5th November 2020 

In partnership with their sponsors, Hachette Children’s Group, the School Library Association announced the winners of the 

School Library Association Information Book Award 2020 and 

the Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books 

at a virtual award ceremony on 5th November.

For the Information Book Award 2020, the judges selected the following winners for each age category:

Age 7 and under: 

Heroes Who Help Us From Around the World, by Liz Gogerly and Ryan Wheatcroft, 

published by Franklin Watts

Age 8 to 12: 

Africa, Amazing Africa, by Atinuke (Author) and Mouni Feddag (Illustrator),

published by Walker Books

Age 13 to 16: 

Black History Matters, by Robin Walker, published by Franklin Watts

The overall winner chosen by the judges was 

Africa, Amazing Africa, published by Walker.

Sadly, due to pressures caused in schools by the pandemic it was not possible to establish

winners for the Children’s Choice for 2020. However, the Children’s Choice remains a vital

part of the Award, and all schools which voted will receive a certificate to thank them for participating.

The event also revealed the winner of the Hachette Children’s Group Award for

Outstanding Contribution to Information Books as 

Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom –

recognising a decades-long partnership which has enlightened and delighted readers of all ages. 

You are still able to use the suggested activities below for each shortlisted book which can be used in school or by parents and carers at home. Some of them would also make great activities for siblings to work on together.

The 2020 SLA IBA longlist and shortlist packs can be ordered from Peters with 30% off each pack RRP at www.peters.co.uk/iba

Thanks to all the book creators, publishers and particularly Hachette Children's Group for their sponsorship and Peters for all their support.

Our wonderful shortlist is (in Age Category Order):

Up to 7 

*  All About Feelings by Felicity Brooks, Frankie Allen & Mar Ferrero (Usborne, 9781474937115)

*  Goodnight Ocean by Becky Davies & Carmen Saldaña (Little Tiger, 9781912756148)

*  Heroes Who Help Us From Around the World by Liz Gogerly & Ryan Wheatcroft (Franklin Watts, 9781445165677)

*  The Usborne Book of the Moon by Laura Cowan & Diana Toledano (Usborne, 9781474950848)

8 to 12

*  Africa, Amazing Africa by Atinuke & Mouni Feddag (Walker Books, 9781406376586)

*  Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon & Louise Lockhart (Frances Lincoln, 9781786038104)

*  Kids Fight Plastic by Martin Dorey & Tim Wesson (Walker Books, (9781406390650)

*  Heroes by Jonny Marx & Gerhard van Wyk (Little Tiger, 9781848578739)

13 to 16

*  Black History Matters by Robin Walker (Franklin Watts, 9781445166896)

*  Feminism Is... by Dorling Kindersley, Foreword by Gemma Cairney (DK, 9780241228029)

*  Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery (Penguin Random House, 9780241361009)

Activity sheets and posters

IBA Longlist - You can download the longlist press release here, or watch the video below. For more insight into why these books were chosen for the longlist, read these comments by the judges. 

Meet the Judges for the 2020 Information Book Award.


Longlists announced – April 2020

Shortlist announced – May half term

Winners announced at IBA ceremony – November (SLA members are invited to attend)

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