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In partnership with their sponsors, Hachette Children’s Group, the School Library Association have announced the winners of the School Library Association Information Book Award 2017 and the very first Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books.

The Information Book Awards are designed to support school libraries, reinforce the importance of non-fiction and highlight the high standard of resources available, whilst the new Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books looks at a whole body of work with a criteria which is intended to highlight authors and illustrators who offer consistent quality and a significant contribution to information books, working across a range of topics.

For the Information Book Award 2017, the overall winner chosen by the judges was Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton (Franklin Watts); whilst the Children’s Choice winner was Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt, Illustrated by Gemma Correll (Hot Key Books).

Tricia Adams, Director, School Library Association comments: ‘The SLA was delighted to see the wonderful range and quality of books being submitted for the awards this year.  The winners represent the outstanding quality and high standard of information publishing on offer in a range of subjects – and we are delighted that so many publishers and authors and illustrators take part.’