Thursday, April 03, 2014

School Library Association Information Book Award 2014

Link to poster
School Library Association
Information Book Award 2014

Short List Announcement

The School Library Association (SLA) is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 prize! Schools will be invited to take part in the Children’s Choice voting from June to mid-September. The award ceremony will take place in the autumn and is sponsored by Hachette Children’s Books and is supported by Peters Books & Furniture.

The Information Book Award is an annual event, in its fourth 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.

The judges have looked at a wide field of nominations and have produced a strong and varied selection of titles for the shortlist, these are –

Under 7s

Lift the Flap, Questions and Answers about Your Body by Katie Daynes, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. Usborne Publishing 9781409562108

The Story of Stars by Neal Layton. Hodder 9781444901122

 What’s it like to be a Bee by Jinny Johnson. Franklin Watts 9781445121888


Book of Languages by Mick Webb, illustrated by Glen McBeth. Franklin Watts 9781445116266

Bugs by George McGAvin, illustrated by Jim Kay. Walker Books 9781406328738

Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks. Kingfisher 9780753435762

Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning and Brita GranstrÓ§m. Frances Lincoln 9781847803467


How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer by Dennis Norhdruft & Celia Joicey. Thames & Hudson 9780500650189
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman. Jessica Kingsley publishers 9781849053419

 Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt. Firefly Books 9781770851917

Posters will be made available to schools to advertise the shortlist and downloads will also be available for wider use.

During mid-June to mid-September schools will be invited to register with the voting website ( and children can choose their own ‘Children’s Choice’ favourites in each category, plus voting for an overall winner. Prizes will be awarded

for the judges and Children’s Choice winners in each category, as well as for the overall winner(s).

Book Packs

The shortlisted titles are available as three individual packs - under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16 - from children’s book specialists, Peters Books & Furniture.

In support of the awards, Peters will:

 Invoice the packs at 25% discount.

 Deliver free of charge to mainland UK addresses.

 Orders will be supplied with a £50 voucher to spend in Peters’ Showroom

Packs can be ordered from the Offers page at

Editor’s notes

The award is split into 3 separate categories; under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16.

 Publishers were called for submissions in early December 2013.

 The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in the autumn of 2014.

 The judging panel consists of experienced librarians, SLA board members and a  member of Peters Books & Furniture.

 Peters Books & Furniture is supporting the award by supplying packs of the short listed titles as a good value offer to schools. Children will then be invited to vote for their favourite book.

 Each section will have a winner, chosen by the panel, as well as a children’s choice winner. There will also be an overall winner, awarded to the best information book across all categories.

 The award is administered by the SLA.

About the School Library Association

The School Library Association is an independent charity that believes that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all. Website:

About the Award sponsors

The School Library Association is grateful for sponsorship from Hachette Children’s Books and Peters Books & Furniture to make this award possible. 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 Children's Books

is one of the most successful children's publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award winning books for children of all ages and interests. Our four imprints, Franklin Watts, Hodder Children's Books, Orchard Books and Wayland together form a dynamic list of top quality picture books, fiction and non-fiction. Website:

Peters Books & Furniture
offers a variety of services to support libraries, schools, nurseries and schemes. Website:

Award website


For more information please contact - Tricia Adams, Director, School Library Association


Tel: 01793 530166 or 07532 231946

No comments: