David Fickling Books

NSTBA Past Winners-Information Books Category


Quality information books are so important in school-both for classwork and for reading for pleasure and we love investigating what’s available and considering how it can be used. The range of subjects and styles available is amazing and we are always learning about new things in our hunt for those special books for our list. We can’t wait to compile this year’s selection!

We have met so many lovely authors and illustrators of non-fiction books, many of whom have attended our award ceremonies.

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In 2015, this lovely book won. ‘Maps’ is beautiful and can be explored time and time again. You can read our review here. Sadly, no one was able to attend the award ceremony, but we have enjoyed sharing the book with our children.

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In 2016, Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure won this category. Full of fascinating facts and lavishly illustrated, this is an amazing book. The character of Professor Astro Cat is so appealing, explaining difficult concepts clearly. The lovely Ben Newman attended the awards and delighted us all by drawing pictures of Professor Astro Cat in our books. You can read our review here.


Martin Brown’s Lesser Spotted Animals won this category in 2017 with Martin attending the award ceremony. This is a wonderful book, focusing on endangered animals. Beautifully illustrated and full of Martin’s lovely humour, this is a real gem which we have enjoyed using, particularly for guided reading. You can read our review here.


Martin is absolutely lovely and was wonderful company. We are very much looking forward to his second book about ‘Lesser Spotted Animals’ which is coming soon! I can’t wait to read it and share it.


Last year, ‘The Histronauts An Egyptian Adventure’ was our winning book. This is brilliant fun and perfect for those teachers teaching the Egyptians. Grace’s wonderful illustrations lead the story in cartoon style whilst Frances delivers carefully researched historical detail through the story. You can read our review here. Frances was able to attend last year’s awards and was wonderful company. We look forward to many more Histronauts books!


Each of these books has been widely used in our schools and each has ideas for a book event and /or teaching notes to go with them which are available to our members. It is a pleasure to see them being used in classes and enjoyed by so many children!

What treasures will we manage to find for this year’s list? Next, we’ll look back and enjoy the winners of our Poetry Category.

Let's welcome ...The New Neighbours!

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I make no secret of how much I love this book and how often I recommend it and read it to classes. The appeal and humour of the story make it perfect for encouraging discussions about acceptance, understanding and challenging prejudice. Last year, our year 6’s wrote their own fantastic versions so I was really keen to add it to our Book Week celebrations.


The whole school read and enjoyed the book and then each year group explored it further in class. We decided to use the story as a meaningful way of starting to explore ‘British Values’ and what these mean to the children. The conversations it generated were wonderful and resulted in the picture above- an idea which I cannot take credit for, I’m afraid!

A brilliant book with so much to offer!

The New Neighbours Sarah McIntyre

David Fickling Books ISBN: 978-1910200582

The Key to Flambards


Fourteen year old Grace has had a lot to cope with after a life changing accident and the divorce of her parents. Now she finds herself facing another change- leaving her city home and heading to the countryside to live at Flambards, her family's ancestral home. 

However, Grace soon learns to love her new surroundings and becomes fascinated by the connection she has to those who used to live there. She also comes to know the present inhabitants of the area, including Jamie, open-hearted and nature loving nature and Marcus. moody and dealing with problems at home. As she discovers more about the history of Flambards, Grace truly finds where she belongs. 

K M Peyton is my favourite children's author. As a child, I spent hours in the world she created, wishing I could be there and writing my own stories inspired by her work. From the first page of the first 'Flambards' book, I was completely caught up in life at Flambards. I read and re-read these books countless times, hoping Christina would end up married to Dick. Anyone who has read the series will probably be able to guess that the fourth book, 'Flambards Divided' was not my favourite and the one I read least! I also found it impossible to watch the television series- how could it match the world I had imagined from K M Peyton's wonderful writing? 

So having been sent a copy of Linda Newbery's book, 'The Key to Flambards', I was completely torn- desperate to read more about Flambards, but not wanting anything to spoil K M Peyton's original stories. 

But I needn't have worried. Linda Newbery has managed to use the world of Flambards, drawing on threads from the original and weaving them into a new story of her own. The characters she has created are appealing and carry their own stories as well as being linked to those in the past, making for a well developed plot, exploring many ideas.

Sometimes, it is hard to review a book without spoiling it for other readers and this is one of those stories. Suffice it to say that this is a book that is well worth reading and that Linda Newbery has produced a wonderful tribute to the genius of K M Peyton and the magical world of Flambards. I loved it!

The Key to Flambards     Linda Newbery

David Fickling Books        ISBN: 978-1788450041

Flambards    K M Peyton

OUP     ISBN:  978-0192736376

The Edge of the Cloud   K M Peyton

OUP       ISBN:  978-0192736352

Flambards in Summer   K M Peyton

OUP    ISBN: 978-0192739018

Flambards Divided   K M Peyton

OUP      ISBN: 978-0192739025