SLA Information Book Award 2016

The Information Book Award is an annual event run by the School Library Association (SLA) designed to both raise awareness and reinforce the importance of non-fiction texts. The 2016 shortlists were recently announced and feature a wide range of interesting information books across three age categories. Young people are given the opportunity to have their say and the Children’s Choice voting will remain open until noon on Friday 4th November; you can find details of how to do this on the SLA website here.

The shortlists are below and we’d love to hear what you think; maybe leave us a comment to let us know which ones you’d vote for?

Under 7 Category


  • The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou.
  • (Usborne, ISBN 9781409582472)
  • I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Luciano Lozano. (Walker, ISBN 9781406342833)
  • Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood. (Walker, ISBN 9781406357417)
  • A Book of Feelings by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino. (Walker, ISBN 9781406355994)

7-12 Category


  • I Love This Tree by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Andy Elkerton. (Franklin Watts, ISBN 9781445130750)
  • If…  by David J Smith, Illustrated by Steve Adams. (Wayland, ISBN 9780750293839)
  • The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Roger Simo et al. (Usborne, ISBN 9781409590743)

12+ Category


  • Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy. (OUP, ISBN 9780192737502)
  • Being a Girl by Hayley Long, illustrated by Gemma Correll. (Hot Key Books, ISBN 9781471403903)
  • The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. (Walker, ISBN 9781406358698)

You’ll find full details of the shortlisted books on the SLA website here.


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