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Information Book Award

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

Shortlist Announced

Iba Covers 2019 Montage 3upWe are incredibly excited to announce the titles that create the shortlist for the Information Book Award 2019

Those titles are: 

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)

You can access the lesson activities and voting for the Children's Choice Award here: Information Book Award 2019


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.

IBA 2019 Poster

PDF file, 5 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

2018 Winners

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

Further Information

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


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.