Non-fiction book award shortlist 2017

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The School Library Association have announced the shortlist for their annual SLA Information Book Award which is designed to re-inforce the importance of non-fiction books for children. The award has three age categories: Under 7, Ages 7-12, Ages 12+.

Chair of the Judges Chris Brown said; “This is the 7th year of the Awards and it is an absolute delight to have received more brilliant, attractive and amazing books than ever. Inevitably that wonderful abundance has made judging and choices more difficult and this shortlist reflects the incredibly high standards publishers are achieving in producing information books for our young readers.”

The shortlisted books are:

Under 7

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A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horacek (Walker Books)

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie and illustrated by Salavatore Rubbino (Walker Books)

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things (Dorling Kindersley)

The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer (Thames & Hudson)


Ages 7-12

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The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams and illustrated by James Weston Lewis (Wren & Rook)

RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden by Mike Dilger and illustrated by Sarah Horne (Bloomsbury Children’s)

Hello World by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by L’atelier Cartographik, 360 Degrees (Little Tiger)

Ada’s Ideas; the story of Ada Lovelace the world’s first computer programmer by Fiona Robinson (Abrams Books for Young Readers)


Ages 12+

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Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt Illustrated by Gemma Correll (Hot Key Books)

Who Are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young (Wayland)

Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton (Franklin Watts)



The SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children’s Group and Peters Books and Furniture.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

Voting for the Children’s Choice from the shortlists will be open very shortly – announcements will follow on the SLA website and via Twitter @UKSLA and on our Facebook page –

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