Resource type: Book awards
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
Region(s): All of UK
The Information Book Award was established in 2010 to reinforce the importance of information books and celebrate the high standard of titles available. There are three separate age categories:
- Under 7s
- Ages 8-12
- Ages 13-16
The award is administered by the School Library Association and judged by a panel that includes experienced librarians. Winners are selected for each category and there is also an Overall Winner.
The Children’s Choice Award provides young readers with the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the judging and vote for their own category and overall winners and the SLA produces free resources for schools and reading groups to support this.
Schools can also apply to be part of the Information Book Award Book Club. Members of the book club receive a free set of the shortlisted titles for a relevant category and are asked to share their experience of using the shortlist in their school library or classroom.
See the shortlist for the Information Book Award 2023 here.
- The deadline for applying to the IBA Book Club is in mid May.
- The shortlist is announced in June and shadowing for the Children’s Choice Award starts.
- Voting for the Children’s Choice Award closes in early November.
- The winners of the Information Book Award and the Children’s Choice Award are announced in late November.
About School Library Association:The School Library Association (SLA) is a membership charity that supports all those who work in, or are involved with, school libraries. It was set up in 1937 and is committed to supporting and promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all young people in the UK through effective and universal school library provision.
- Read about the benefits of running the Information Book Award in your school and get tips and advice from librarian and IBA judge Helen Cleaves in this blog.
- Find past winners and shortlisted titles here.
- Other children’s book awards for non-fiction include the Young People’s Book Prize and the UKLA Information Book Award.
- The National Non-fiction November entry has more resources and book recommendations for non-fiction.
- Other book awards that offer an opportunity for children to vote for their favourite title(s) include The Bookbug Picture Book Prize, the Excelsior Award ,the FCBG Children’s Book Award, the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards, the Shropshire Bookfest Book Awards, the Spark! School Book Awards, the Yoto Carnegie Shadowing Scheme and the Young People’s Book Prize.
- For a full list of children’s book awards, click here.