2019 IBA SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED...

See below for the full list of books shortlisted for the SLA Information Book Award. Download curriculum links for each of the books using here.

The Information Book Award presentation ceremony

The Information Book Award presentation ceremony will take place at Carmelite House on 12th November. SLA Members can book a place. Follow us on social media, for the latest news and updates. 


We are incredibly excited to announce the titles that create the shortlist for the Information Book Award 2019. 



Up to 7 Years

Dogs in Space, Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe (Wren & Rook, 9781526360571)

Hello, Horse, Vivian French and Catherine Rayner (Walker, 9781406349948)

The Usborne Book of Night Time, Laura Cowan and Bonnie Pang (Usborne, 9781474936606)


7 to 12 Years

The Atlas of Heroes, Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill (Big Picture Press, 9781787412606)

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, Patricia Valdez and Felicita Sala (Andersen, 9781783447411)

Mary and Frankenstein, Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà (Andersen, 978178346797)

When the Whales Walked, Dougal Dixon and Hannah Bailey (Words & Pictures, 9781912413959)


12 to 16 Years

Usborne Politics for Beginners, Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover (Usborne, 9781474922524)

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan and Neil Packer (Bloomsbury, 9781408889930)

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, David Roberts (Two Hoots, 9781509839674)


IBA Poster

An eye-catching poster to publicize the 2019 Award is available now as a PDF to download and print. It was also included in the Summer 2019 issue of The School Librarian mailed out to SLA Members.


Children's Choice Award

An important part of this award is the Children's Choice Award - and we rely on votes from young people, via their librarians, teachers or carers. Buy or borrow the books, and then let us know who the children think should win. 

Voting for the Children's Choice winners can be done via our voting page here: Voting page. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019.



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Information Book Award

The Information Book Award is an annual event, in its ninth year, and is a major development for information books, and has been designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

As well as a panel of judges from education there is also the Children's Choice - where children vote for their favourites in each category and overall favourite - each winner is presented with a trophy. We release the shortlist with activities that can be easily implemented in a school library or classroom setting. 

  

Judging Underway

Judging for the Information Book Award is now underway. Thanks to all publishers for their submissions. Further information will be released in due course. 

Voting for the Children's Choice winners can be done via our voting page here: Voting page. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019.

Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019.

  

  

2018 Winners

The winners of the Information Book Award 2018 were announced on 7 November 2017 at Carmelite House in London, to tie in with Non-Fiction November.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was Look I'm a Scientist published by Dorling Kindersley; whilst the Children's Choice overall winner was 100 Things You Should Know About Food published by Usborne and illustrated by Parko Polo and Mariani Federico.

The inaugural winner of the Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field was Nicola Davies.

Thanks to all the authors, illustrators and publishers who participated, and special thanks to our sponsor, Hachette Children's Books, who hosted the award ceremony at their London HQ.

Read the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2018 with the list of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2018 shortlist and judges' comments.

The Sponsor

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.

The SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children's Group and is supported by Peters Books and Furniture.

  

Further Infomartion

To find out more about the SLA Information Book Award, explore:

  • How the Award works
  • Resources to accompany the Award:
    Useful guides, lesson plans and templates to help schools and reading groups work with Information Books

  

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.

Background

The 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.