The School Library Association have announced the shortlist for the 2023 Information Book Award (IBA). Sponsored by Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), and supported by Peters, the IBA aims to celebrate the importance of information books, highlight the wealth of impressive resources available and support school libraries to get the most out of them.
The award, now in its thirteenth year, is divided into three age categories, judged by a panel of educators.
The shortlisted books are:
Age 0 – 7
ABC Pride by Dr Elly Barnes MBE & Louie Stowell, illus Amy Phelps DK Children
Do Bears Poop in the Woods? Huw Lewis Jones, illus Sam Caldwell Thames & Hudson
A Mathematician Like Me Dr. Shini Somara, illus Nadja Sarell Wren & Rook
Age 8 – 12
The Big Book of Mysteries Tom Adams, illus Yas Imamura Nosy Crow
Lands of Belonging: A History of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain Donna & Vikesh Amey Bhatti, illus Salini Perera Nosy Crow
Talking History Joan Haig & Joan Lennon, illus André Ducci Templar Publishing
A World Full of Journeys and Migrations Martin Howard, illus Christopher Corr The Quarto Group
Age 13 – 16
Choose Love Nicola Davies, illus Petr Horáček Graffeg
An Illustrated History of Ghosts Adam Allsuch Boardman Nobrow
Masterpieces in Pieces Ingrid Swenson & Mary Auld Wayland (HCG)
Medicine: A Magnificently Illustrated History Briony Hudson, illus Nick Taylor Big Picture Press
Young readers now have the chance to vote for their favourite titles to crown a Children’s Choice. Children’s Choice voting opens now and will close at the end of October, with the winners announced in November.
Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation, 100 schools have received a free collection of the shortlisted titles.
Chair of the Judges, Margaret Pemberton said, ‘The standard of books put forward for this award just keeps getting better. This year, the quality of writing, illustration and information has made judging a really difficult and yet fascinating experience. Congratulations to all of the people involved, in publishing and the SLA, who have such a strong commitment to providing such high-quality books for young people.’
The winner will be announced in November, at a ceremony hosted by Hachette Children’s Group. The shortlisted books are available at a discounted price from Peters. Find out more on the School Library Association website.