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Information Book Award

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

2015 Long List announced

After much careful scrutiny - and from a wide range of titles and submissions - the judges have finalised the 2015 Long List for the Information Book Award.

Titles listed are:


  • How to be a Space Explorer by Mark Brake - Lonely Planet ISBN 978 1 74360 390 1

  • Batman Tech by Biskup, Agnieszka et al - Curious Fox ISBN 978 1 782 02103 2

  • The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon and Stephen Biesty - Walker   ISBN 978 1 4063 3590 3

  • Molecules by Theodore Gray (photographs by Nick Mann) - Black Dog & Leventhal ISBN 978 1 57912 971 2

  • 52 Teen Boy Problems by Alex Hooper-Hodson - Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 8104 1

  • Jet the Rescue Dog - animals in wartime by David Long - Faber ISBN 978 0 571 30492 9

  • The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3

  • How to be a Girl by Anita Naik - Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 8250 5

  • Why Do We Fight by Niki Walker - Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3443 7


  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9

  • Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst and Jelmer Noorderman - Chronicle Books ISBN 978 1 4521 3645 5

  • The Story of Money by Martin Jenkins and Satoshi Kitamuri - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 2498 7

  • Atlas of Adventure by Lucy Letherland & Rachel Williams (author) - Wide Eyed Editions ISBN 978 1 84780 585 0

  • Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0

  • The Beatles by Mick Manning & Brita Granström - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 451 8

  • The Comedy History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Adria Meserve (ill) & Anna Claybourne with Timothy Knapman - Watts  ISBN 978 1 4451 3187 0

  • Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom - Big Picture Press ISBN 978 1 78370 060 8

  • Nocturne - Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott - Princeton Architectural Press ISBN 978 1 61689 288 3

  • Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids - QED ISBN 978 1 78171 680 9


  • Tell Us a Story Papa Chagall by Laurence Anholt - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 339 9

  • Could a Penguin Ride a Bike by Camilla de la Bedoyere - QED ISBN 978 1 78171 582 6

  • Tiny - the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1

  • Wow! Surprising Facts about the Human Body by Emma Dods et al - Kingfisher ISBN 978 0 7534 3631 8

  • Lifesize Rainforest by Anita Ganeri and Stuart Jackson-Carter - Kingfisher ISBN 978 0 7534 3635 6

  • The Moon by Alice Harman - (Fact Cat) Wayland   ISBN 978 0 7502 8221 5

  • William Caxton by Damian Harvey ill Judy Brown - (History Heroes) Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3310 2

  • Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 461 7

  • Ali's Story - His Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado & Andy Glynne -   BBC Learning, Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 7887 4

  • A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4152 2

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers for such a varied and exciting list.

2014 Results

Iba Acrylic Overall 2014Read the full results for the SLA Information Book Award 2014 with the announcement of the winners, report of the award ceremony and further information about the 2014 shortlist and judges' comments.

Poster Download

An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2014 Award was included in the Summer 2014 issue of The School Librarian and is also available here to download and print (A3 size pdf file suitable for desktop printing at A4 or A3 size).

Poster side 1 "Soar to new heights"

PDF file, 634 kB







Poster Side 2 - "Pick Your Winner"

PDF file, 2 MB

Requires Adobe Reader

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)

Downloadable materials from Weekend Course workshop

Lin Smith and Liz Smith's Manchester Weekend Course workshop Infomagic highlighted some ways in which the Information Book Award opens up possibilities for linking into the curriculum.

View presentation and download supporting materials (lesson plans, resources, 2014 voting forms for use with classes, skills progression materials and 'learning ladders' documents)

Activity Pack

A 6pp A4 Activity Pack, produced by Annike Dase and Liz Smith, to download with ideas for library sessions and work sheets to accompany the Information Book Award.

IBA Activity Pack

PDF file, 513 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


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 Books and is supported by Peters Books and Furniture.

Other information

To find out more about the SLA Information Book Award, explore: