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SLA Non Fiction Awards

13th Nov 19

The School Library Association (SLA) has announced the winners of the School Library Association Information Book Award 2019 and the Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books.

The overall winner of the Information Book Award 2019 was Politics for Beginners published by Usborne, which was also voted for by children as the Children's Choice Overall Winner

Here are the winners across all categories:

Under 7:

Hello, Horse by Vivian French and Catherine Rayner; published by Walker

712: Mary and Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Julia Sarda, published by Andersen

1216: Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover; published by Usborne

The School Library Association announced the winners for each age category in the Children's Choice Award as follows:

Under 7:

Dogs in Space by Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe; published by Wren and Rook


When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon and Hannah Bailey, published by words and pictures

12-16: Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover, published by Usborne

A special commendation was also given to Let's Investigate Plastic Pollution, published by Ruby Tuesday Books.

The winners were announced at an event at Hachette Children's Group's offices, sponsor of the award. This month is National Nonfiction November.

Alison Tarrant, CEO of the School Library Association, said: "Information books are an essential part of the reading diet of our young people. They are proving to be an essential part of the reading for pleasure and topic related work, and it is fantastic to celebrate the range and quality of the books which are being provided for them."

The Hachette Children's Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books is given to an eminent UK writer or illustrator of information books for children, to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field and the 2019 award has been given to Marcia Williams.

A statement said, "Marcia Williams writes and illustrates books that bring history and stories to life in the most fabulously engaging way through her cartoon strip style and gorgeous watercolours. Through clever use of the graphic novel form, Marcia has found a format that allows comment on numerous areas from myths, to history, to showcasing the role and innovation of women.

"She has made information accessible and engaging. All her graphic books are bright, attractive, accessible for wide age ranges and abilities, funny, popular with the kids and teachers for school topics and to read for pleasure."

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