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Information Book Award 2018

Shortlist for 2018

The School Library Association announces the shortlist for the eighth annual SLA Information Book Award.

Chair of the Judges Chris Brown said: “This is the eighth year of the Awards and it is an absolute delight to have received more brilliant, attractive and amazing books than ever. Inevitably that wonderful abundance has made judging and choices more difficult and this shortlist reflects the incredibly high standards publishers are achieving in producing information books for our young readers.”

From our sponsor, Hilary Murray Hill, CEO, Hachette Children’s Group commented:

“I am fiercely proud of our sponsorship of the SLA Information Book Awards. These are now the only awards that highlight the essential work library staff do in engaging young people with information books, as well as celebrate the breadth and imagination of contemporary non-fiction publishing. The authors and illustrators on the 2018 shortlist, and the information professionals, all deserve the highest praise. Their work will encourage, motivate, inform and inspire a whole generation of children.”

The School Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for each age category as follows:

7 and under

  • Look I’m a Scientist by Various Authors ISBN 9780241231074 (Dorling Kindersley)

  • Proud to be Deaf by Ava, Lilli,Nick Beese and Romina Marti ISBN 9781526302182 (Wayland)

  • Rock Pool Secrets by Narelle Oliver ISBN 9781406358773 (Walker Books)

7–12

  • 100 Things to Know About Food by Various Authors and illustrated by Parko Polo and Mariani Federico ISBN 9781409598619 (Usborne)

  • Dinosaur Atlas by Anne Rooney and James Gilleard ISBN 9781786577184 (Lonely Planet)

  • Real-Life Mysteries – Can You Explain the Unexplained? by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker ISBN 9781911509080 (b small publishing)

  • The Ways of the Wolf by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Jonathan Woodward ISBN 9781526360304 (Wren & Rook)

12–16

  • Escape From Syria by Samya Kullab, Jackie Roche and Mike Freiheit ISBN 9781770859821 (Firefly Books)

  • Explanatorium of Nature by Various Authors ISBN 9780241286845 (Dorling Kindersley)

  • From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement by Amy Lamé ISBN 9781526301901 (Wayland)

Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers. The winners will be announced at an event at Hachette Children’s Group’s offices, Carmelite House, on Wednesday 7 November 2018, the start of National Non-fiction November.

Voting for the Children’s Choice from the shortlists will be open shortly as will some activity ideas for the books. Announcements will follow on the SLA website www.sla.org.uk and via Twitter [at]UKSLA and on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/schoollibraryassociation/

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

The Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books launched last year. The award is given to an eminent UK writer or illustrator of information books for children, to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field. In its inaugural year, the prize was voted for by a panel of school librarians and the judges of the Information Book Award, and Nicola Davies was selected as the recipient of the award.

This year, a selection of children’s reading organisations will be invited to submit nominations to the panel, and then take part in a voting process to determine the winner. The 2018 winner will be announced at the SLA Information Book Award ceremony on 7 November 2018.

Activities for 2018

We hope these activities are useful for helping you encourage your students to explore the Information Book Award shortlist.

IBA activities 7 and under

Word document, 16 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later

 

 

IBA activities 7-12

Word document, 19 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later

 

 

IBA activities 12-16

Word document, 19 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later

 

Sponsors

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 Books and Furniture.