Flying Eye

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.


All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twelve fabulous books on the Information Category Long List.


How Does a Lighthouse Work?  Roman Belyaev, translated from Russian with the help of Masha Kulikova (b small publishing)


Suffragette: The Battle for Equality   David Roberts (Two Hoots)


Welcome to our World  Moira Butterworth, illustrated by Harriet Lynas  (Nosy Crow)


The Bee Book   Charlotte Milner  (DK)


Star Finder for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to the Night Sky Foreword by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock  (DK)


Young, Gifted and Black  Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins (Wide Eyed)


The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure  Frances Durkin, illustrated by Grace Cooke (b small publishing)


Wild About Science John Farndon, Steve Parker and Sally Morgan (Miles Kelly)


Why Don't Fish Drown? and other vital questions about the animal kingdom  Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Claire Goble (Thames and Hudson) 


Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey    Dr Dominic Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman

(Flying Eye Books)  


Politics For Beginners   Alex Frith, Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell, illustrated by Kellan Stover



Books! Books! Books!  Mick Manning, illustrated by Brita Granstrom (Otter-Barry Books)

An amazing group of books, but which of these twelve will be on the shortlist?