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Resources for the Information Book Award

School Activities

Here are some really useful resources that will enable schools and reading groups to work with information books. Please adapt them for your particular circumstances but also, please credit the original source too. 

This Top Trumps lesson uses the top Trumps cards from the IBA Activity Pack below, but with a few changes. 

SLA Info Award Top Trumps

PDF file, 244 kB

Requires Adobe Reader



IBA Activity Pack 2016

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader





For National Non-Fiction Month in November, FCBG have created a free resource pack available for all to download, to facilitate in brainstorming and planning a session or two around writing and publishing your own non-fiction book as a group.

Sample Lesson Plans

A small set of possible lessons has been produced using books shortlisted for the Information Book Award. These lessons are devised using a very detailed lesson plan based on the model suggested at my school for inspection purposes. It is optional for staff to use this template. The lessons are intended as a guide to how you might use these books as part of a Programme of Study and are more likely to be relevant for classroom use rather than designated Information Literacy sessions in the School Library. They may be adapted for your own use, extended or simplified for different Key Stages.

Please note that in some schools the subject of Hallowe’en is not discussed or covered.

Lin Smith, Ecclesbourne School


Using a glossary to improve dictionary skills

PDF file, 314 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Navigating an Information Book

Word document, 35 kB

Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later


Identifying sections of an information page

PDF file, 492 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan World War II

PDF file, 169 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan Science Crazy

PDF file, 166 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


IBA Lesson Plan Just Ducks

PDF file, 172 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Lesson Plan Template

Word document, 61 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)