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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.

Online Voting

Voting for the 2015 SLA Information Book Award is now open.

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

Between 17 June and 6 November, schools can cast their vote for their favourite Information Book in the SLA's Information Book Award 2015, sponsored by Hachette Children's Books and supported by Peters Books and Furniture.

The SLA and the sponsors of the Information Book Award are keen that students should have a say in the final decision.

Each organisation can submit votes online for one or more of their reading groups' favourite book in each category (Under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16) and for their overall favourite.

Poster Download

An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2015 Award was included in the Autumn 2015 issue of The School Librarian and is also available here to download and print (A4 size pdf file suitable for desktop printing).

IBA 2015 Poster A4 Front

PDF file, 2 MB

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IBA 2015 Poster A4 Back

PDF file, 3 MB

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Worksheets for 2015 shortlist

Downloadable pdf worksheets for a selection of titles from the 2015 IBA Shortlist. Ideal for building library lessons and research sessions.

Worksheet for Ali's Story

PDF file, 182 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for Animalium

PDF file, 229 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for Welcome to the Family

PDF file, 207 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for Molecules

PDF file, 270 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for The Story of Money

PDF file, 223 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for A Walk in Paris

PDF file, 218 kB

Requires Adobe Reader


Worksheet for Shackleton's Journey

PDF file, 240 kB

Requires Adobe Reader

Voting forms for schools

Ready made printable voting forms for you to use in classes and reading groups.

Voting Form Under 7s 2015

PDF file, 114 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)


Voting Form 7 to 12 2015

PDF file, 128 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)


Voting Form 12 to 16 2015

PDF file, 85 kB (Requires Adobe Reader)

IBA 2015 Short List

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2015 award. The School Library Association is pleased to announce the short list for each age category as follows:

Under 7

  • Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1
  • Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman & 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


  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9
  • The Story of Money by Martin Jenkins & Satoshi Kitamuri - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 2498 7
  • Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0
  • Animalium by Katie Scott & Jenny Broom - Big Picture Press ISBN 978 1 78370 060 8


  • The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon & 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
  • The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3

Special Mention and Commendation

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

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.

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

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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: