ReadingCloud: engaging children, parents and educators in reading for enjoyment
Pickabook - One Stop Shop for Schools - Every book for Education

We have updated our cookie policy to reflect recent changes in the UK/EU law concerning the use of cookies and tracking technologies. We use cookies on this website (including the page you are currently viewing) to ensure that the site functions smoothly and to help us understand how we can improve it. If you continue without changing your settings, you are agreeing to receive all cookies from the SLA website.

or view our cookie policy to find out more

Show Menu | Show Sidebar (Login/Search)

Information Book Award 2017

Longlist for 2017

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2017 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented ‘The submissions for the award this year include more really impressive very well created and presented books than ever before. Whilst this made the task of us judges somewhat arduous it has also been an exhilarating experience. Ultimately we had to make decisions recognising that we couldn’t include a number of books of a quality which meant they might well have made it onto our longlists if published and submitted in another year.

‘Then there are books for the youngest which, whilst outstanding in themselves, when judged alongside others the amount of actual information cannot compare. For example the DK Braille book Counting (978 0 2412 2834 0) is wonderful with amazingly varied tactile fingertip feeling to the objects to count (great for any child) as well as having numbers and phrases in both braille and print.’

(NB – Publishers submit books in age groups they define: judges reserve the right to move any titles to an alternative educationally appropriate age group.) 

The School Library Association Information Book Award longlist for 2017 is:

  • UNDER 7s

A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horacek. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406359633

Where do Babies Come From? by Kate Daynes, illustrated by Christine Pym. Usborne, ISBN 9781409598824

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim. Wayland, ISBN 9780750296571

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406356205

Atchoo! How we Catch a Cold by Leon Read, illustrated by Sean Sims. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146256

The Seashore (The Curiosity Box) by Peter Riley, illustrated by Krina Patel. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146300

Refugees and Migrants (Children in our World) by Ceri Roberts, illustrated by Hanane Kai. Wayland, ISBN 9781526300201

Charles Darwin’s Round the World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes. Abrams Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9781419721205

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by Various. Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9780241224939

The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650677

  • 7 TO 12

The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams, illustrated by James Weston Lewis. Wren & Rook, ISBN 9780750298209

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook by Joe Archer and Catherine Craig. Wayland, ISBN 9780750298193

Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown. David Fickling Books, ISBN 9781910200537

RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden by Mike Dilger, illustrated by Sarah Horne. Bloomsbury Children’s, ISBN 9781472913432

Hello World by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by L’atelier Cartographik. 360 Degrees (Little Tiger), ISBN 9781848575035

The Brontës by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445147314

London on Fire by John C Miles. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445146911

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson. Abrams Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9781419718724

Fantastically Great Women – Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst. Bloomsbury Children’s, ISBN 9781408876985

The Book of Bees by Piotr Socha, text: Wojciech Grajkowski, translated by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650950

Staying Safe Online by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff. Usborne, ISBN 9781409597810

Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal! by Various. Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9780241228418

  • OVER 12

Timelines of World History by Jane Chisholm et al. Usborne, ISBN 9781474903936

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt, illustrated by Gemma Correll. Hot Key Books, ISBN 9781471405310

The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill. Flying Eye Books, ISBN 9781909263833

Why is Art Full of Naked People? by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Claire Goble. Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500650806

Survivors by David Long, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman. Faber Children’s
ISBN 9780571316014

What is Poetry? by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Jill Calder. Walker Books, ISBN 9781844287635

Who Are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young. Wayland, ISBN 9780750299855

The Dementia Diaries by Matthew Snyman and Social Innovation Lab, Kent. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 9781785920325

Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton. Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445150444

Voices from the Second World War by Various/First News. Walker Books, ISBN 9781406360110

The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month.


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.


Log In


If you tick this box, you will not need to log in again on this computer. For full details please click the Help link above.


@uksla on Instagram

Winner of the Pupil Library Assistant Award, Victoria Langford, St Hilda's CE High School with her #schoollibrarian #schoollibrary #plaa17 #lovebooks #librariansofinstagram #libraries #kidsread #congratulations #teensread See More...

@uksla on Twitter

*/ ?>