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Information Book Award

IBA Illus WEBThe Information Book Award is an annual event, in its sixth 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.

Children's Choice Voting 2016

Voting for the 2016 SLA Information Book Award is now open and will remain open until noon on Friday 4th November 2016.

Librarians (or group leaders) can vote on behalf of their school, public library, Chatterbooks group or similar organisation now.

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

IBA Activity Pack 2016

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For 2016's 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.

Shortlist 2016

Shortlisted Books 2016We are delighted to announce the Shortlist of the 2016 Information Book Award, sponsored by Hachette Children's Group.  The Chair of Judges, Chris Brown said  “Each year the task gets more difficult for the judging panel simply because year on year we seem to be receiving more and more brilliant books. The long-lists featured terrific Information Books and this 2016 short-list highlights the very best out of many superb titles and each book can be very highly recommended”

The full press release and details of the titles are available below.  There are brief reviews of all the titles available on the 2016 webpage.

IBA Short List 2016

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2015 Award Ceremony

New York and ShackletonThe winners of the Information Book Award 2015 were announced on 11 November 2015 at the "6th Story" roof cafe, Carmelite House, London.

The overall winner chosen by the judges was Shackleton's Journey by William Grill, published by Flying Eye Books; whilst the Children’s Choice winner was Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels published by Walker Books.

Thanks to all the authors, illustrators and publishers who participated, and special thanks to our sponsor, Hachette Children's Books, who hosted the award ceremony at their London HQ.

Iba Acrylic Overall 2015Read the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2015 with the announcement of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2015 shortlist and judges' comments.


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.

Other information

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