Celebrating Information Books

Information books books take centre stage during the month of November, with numerous awards and celebrations taking place, including the SLA Information Book Award and National Non-Fiction Month. The Reading Agency have also just published a Non-Fiction Info Challenge aimed at their Chatterbooks reading clubs. Here are some more details.


SLA Information Book Award

The SLA Information Book Award was established in 2011 to promote non-fiction titles and is judged by librarians and experts in the bookselling industry. However, children can also vote for their favourite shortlisted book – the winner of which will receive the “Children’s Choice” award.

The winning books will be announced next week, on Wednesday, 7th November. Teachers may find the suggested activities to help students explore the shortlisted books useful. Here are the categories and the shortlisted books, which are all available in the Curriculum Centre:


Under 7

Look I’m a Scientist (by various authors)

Proud to be Deaf by Ava, Lilli, Nick Beese and Romina Marti

Rock Pool Secrets by Narelle Oliver

7 – 12 years

100 Things to Know About Food (by various authors)

Dinosaur Atlas by Anne Rooney & James Gilleard

Real-Life Mysteries by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker

The Ways of the Wolf by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Jonathan Woodward



12 – 16 years

Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab, Jackie Roche & Mike Freiheit

Explanatorium of Nature (by various authors)

From Prejudice to Pride: A History of LGBTQ+ Movement by Amy Lame



Federation of Children’s Book Groups

Non FictionThe Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) celebrates National Non-Fiction November every year and this year is a special one, as it’s the organisation’s 50th anniversary. The theme of this year’s Golden National Non-Fiction November is “Food and Festivals around the World”. There are plenty of resources and activities available on their website that can be used in the classroom, including a list of recommended books for exploring the theme. Students can also enter a competition to design a birthday cake for FCBG’s 50th anniversary, giving details of flavours and colours involved. The closing date for entries is the 7th December.


Reading Agency – Non-Fiction Info Challenge

The Reading Agency has just released a Non-Fiction Info Challenge aimed at their Chatterbooks reading clubs. The pack focuses on 6 information books and provides some suggestions/activities on how to explore them with the reading club. Here are the 6 books that they have selected:

Happy : A Children’s Book of Mindfulness by Nicola Edwards & Katie Hickey

So You Think You Know About Spinosaurus by Dr Ben Garrod

Lift the Flap Engineering by Rose Hall and Alex Frith

Timelines of Everything by DK & Smithsonian Institution

The Nobel Book of Answers by Bettina Stiekel

National Trust 2019: Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Alamanac by Anne Wilson & Elly Jahnz

Have you a favourite non-fiction book? Or did you encourage a child to read using a particular non-fiction book? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know.







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