SLA Information Book Award 2016 winners

The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books. It is designed to support school libraries, reinforce the importance of non-fiction and highlight the high standard of resources available and yesterday, the winners of the School Library Association 2016 Information Book Award were announced:

0-7 Winner: Judges Choice
Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood. Walker ISBN 9781406357417

0-7 Winner: Children’s Choice
The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou. Usborne ISBN 9781409582472

7-12 Winner: Judges Choice AND Children’s Choice
If… by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams. Wayland ISBN 9780750293839

Over-12 Winner: Judges Choice AND Children’s Choice
The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. Walker ISBN 9781406358698

The overall winners chosen by the judges was The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. (Walker Books); whilst the Children’s Choice winner was If… by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Wayland).


Hilary Murray Hill, CEO for Hachette Children’s Group said “On behalf of the Hachette Children’s Group, I am proud that we continue to sponsor the SLA Information Book Awards. These are now the only awards that celebrate the essential work done by librarians, as well as the incredible breadth and imagination of contemporary non-fiction publishing. I would like to praise and congratulate all the authors and illustrators on the 2016 shortlist, as well as the information professionals. Their work is encouraging, motivating, informing and inspiring a whole generation of children.

Chris Brown, Chair of the judges said “Among the books submitted for the Awards we found an abundance of superb books, covering a broad range of subjects. As Judges we found this to be a really difficult year in arriving at a reasonable number of titles for our shortlists, and an even greater challenge in making final decisions. It is so gratifying to see so many publishers producing high-quality information-based books for young readers.”

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