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Information Book Award 2018

Longlist for 2018

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2018 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented:

 “More books than ever before were submitted for the 7-12 age group including a great many really good books. This is immensely satisfying although it certainly increased the difficulties of the task of judging and so we decided to include 12 titles in the long-list for this age group.”

The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2018 is -

7 and Under

Barr, Catherine; Williams, Steve and Husband, Amy

           The Story of Space, Frances Lincoln, 9781847807489

Beese, Ava, Lilli and Nick

           Proud to be Deaf, Wayland, 9781526302182

Davies, Nicola and Scobie, Lorna

           The Variety of Life, Hodder, 9781444931198

Gervais, Bernadette

           The Ladybird, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270016

Glynne, Andy and Maldonado, Salvador

            Summer’s Story – Living with Epilepsy, Watts, 9781445156668

Markel, Michelle and Carpenter, Nancy

            Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s

                         Books, Chronicle Books, 9780811879224

Oliver, Narelle

            Rock Pool Secrets, Walker, 9781406358773


            Look I’m a Scientist, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241231074


            My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals,

                        Dorling Kindersley, 9780241276358

Zommer, Yuval

            The Big Book of Beasts, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651063


7 – 12

 Brake, Mark and Kearney, Brendan

             The Big Earth Book, Lonely Planet, 9781787012776

Druvert, Hélène with Druvert, Jean-Claude: translated by David H Wilson

             Anatomy, Thames and Hudson, 9780500651360   

Gifford, Clive

             Ground Control to Major Tim, Wayland, 9781526300959

Giuliani, Emma and Saturno, Carole

             Egyptomania, Laurence King Publishing, 9781786270900

Ignotofsky, Rachel

             Women in Science, Wren & Rook, 9781526360519

Lamothe, Matt

             This is How We Do It, Chronicle Books, 9781452150185

Manning, Mick and Granström, Brita     

             Books, Books, Books, Otter-Barry Books, 9781910959985

Martineau, Susan and Barker, Vicky

             Real-Life Mysteries – Can You Explain the Unexplained?

                             B small Publishing, 9781911509080

Prasadam-Halls, Smriti and Woodward, Jonathan

             The Ways of The Wolf, Wren & Rook, 9781526360304

Rooney, Anne and Gilleard, James

              Dinosaur Atlas, Lonely Planet, 9781786577184

Taylor, Barbara (author) et al.

              The Ultimate Guide – Shark, Miles Kelly Publishing, 9781786172457


              100 Things to Know About Food, Usborne, 9781409598619


12 – 16

 Bertie, Alex

             Trans Mission, My Quest to a Beard, Wren & Rook, 9781526360687

Brunelle, Julie and Wood, Peter

             The Artist in You, Watts, 9781445151694

Kullab, Samya; Roche, Jackie and Freiheit, Mike

             Escape From Syria, Firefly Books, 9781770859821

Lamé, Amy                

             From Prejudice to Pride, a History of the LGBTQ+ Movement,

                             Wayland, 9781526301901

Miles, John C.

              Between the Wars: 1918-1939, Watts, 9781445150604

Ridley, Sarah

              Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote, Watts, 9781445152615

Robinson, Anthony and Young, Annemarie

              Young Palestinians Speak, Interlink Books, 9781566560153

Senker, Cath

              Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War,   

                             Persecution and Poverty, Watts, 9781445155203

Turton, Sue

              This Book Will (help you) Change the World,

                            Wren & Rook, 9781526360908


              Explanatorium of Nature, Dorling Kindersley, 9780241286845

 Alison Tarrant, Director of the SLA said: "Congratulations to all the longlisted books! The judges have some tough decisions on their hands, but this award really does highlight the incredible information books that young people have access to."

The SLA Information Book Award shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month, with the award ceremony being held in London in November to tie in with Non-Fiction November. This event will be hosted by award sponsor, Hachette Children’s Group.


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.