Each year, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) brings us ideas and inspiration for exploring and enjoying the best in information books. This year’s theme is The Planet We Share, reflecting current concerns over climate change and pollution. Here you will find resources, ideas for activities, and this book list with 100 favourite children’s books, both recently published and modern classics. For more reading suggestions on this topic, see our earlier post on Climate change in children’s literature.
The FCBG also offer a blog, and recent posts reflect this year’s theme. Particularly recommended is this offering from the wonderful Nicola Davies, about the genesis of her book Last: the Story of a White Rhino, published earlier this year.
November is also the usual month for the announcement of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, but the ceremony has been put back this year. You can see the six shortlisted books here. This varied shortlist will be read and discussed by 1300 young people, drawn from 500 schools, science centres, and community groups across the UK to elect a winner, to be announced at a virtual ceremony in February 2021.
The Blue Peter Book Awards, run in association with the Book Trust, are also selected by children. There are two categories: Best Story, and Best Book with Facts. Read reviews of the winning books here.
The School Library Association will announce the winner of their Information Book Award at a virtual ceremony this evening, 5th November. Here is a link to their wide-ranging and topical shortlist.
If you have any recommendations for good information books, especially for helping children understand the planet we share, do post a reply here and let us know.