The votes were equal for two of the books this year in the Senior School. Do you have a favourite? 

And our winners in the DUCKS and Junior School were ...

Non-Fiction November Heralds Our Celebration of the DCI Information Book Award

We worked hard to select a wide range of newly released books for this year's shortlist. Elements such as aesthetics, illustrations, style published location were all taken into consideration when whittling down the long list.

The thought behind the range of books comes from , an award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children. She has developed a Nonfiction Family Tree (and also here) in an effort to understand the various kinds of non-fiction and the interplay among them.

We are very excited to be able to introduce these books to the students and can't wait to start working with them to prepare them to vote for their favourite at the end of the month.

Shortlist Announced! May 2018

After much deliberation, we are happy to announce the DCI Information Book Award Shortlist. We are delighted with the books in each of the categories and look forward to delving into them with our students during Non-Fiction November when we will explore this genre in detail.

Behind the Books: The Nonfiction Family Tree

The article above highlights how nonfiction has changed and improved over the last two decades. 
, an award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, has developed a Nonfiction Family Tree in an effort to understand the various kinds of nonfoction and the interplay amoung them. Her work has been heavily influenced by the ideas of such nonfiction thought leaders as Marc Aronson, Myra Zarnowski, Sue Bartle, and Mary Ann Cappiello.

The Dulwich Information Book Award, initiated last year by the Librarians of Dulwich Colleges in Singapore, China Korea, has been a great success particularly here in DCSG.

Our ongoing aim is to highlight good quality nonfiction books in both English and Mandarin and promote them across our schools. We started our search in November 2016 for the best information books for children and young adults. The intention of the award is to encourage wider reading amongst the pupils and it should help to provide a focus for a critical evaluation of content and design.
From a long-list of titles suggested by teachers, parents and librarians we narrowed down the selection to 6 titles in each the DUCKS, Junior School and Senior. During Non-Fiction November all our students were able to look at, discuss and evaluate the books before delivering their verdicts on the book that they believe should be awarded the Dulwich Information Book Award for 2017. This was decided at the end of Non-fiction November. 
Below are last year's winners:


Junior School:

Senior School:

The DCSG library team really enjoyed promoting our new Dulwich Information Book Award in 2017 and are keen to do it again this year.  We are keen to get your input before 19 February (the Monday after Chinese New Year) so that we can decide on the shortlist and get the books ordered in plenty of time for next year.

 This award certainly resulted in increased borrowing from our non-fiction collections and many teachers really enjoyed working with us to promote these and other, quality information books. They have also been helping us with suggestions for books for this year.

Here is the long-list we have started. We have included some of the books that were long-listed from last year but it would be great if you could contribute more titles. Do refer to the selection criteria below but most importantly, no books published before 2015.


Dulwich Information Book Award notes

  • The award runs across 3 age ranges (DUCKS, Junior and Senior)
  • DUCKS has two categories (Mandarin and English) we aim to select a book in each category
  • Non-fiction to tie-in with National Non-fiction November
  • 4 titles maximum shortlisted in each age range

Criteria for choosing books

  • Must be able to view prior to shortlist (from libraries, bookshops and so on) or we will need to ask a recommender to submit a book
  • Excludes text books
  • Aesthetics (including design, style, and integration of text and graphics in the book)
  • Accurate and up-to-date
  • Age appropriate
  • Appropriate for Second Language learners
  • Available from our suppliers
  • ISBN and authenticity verified
  • Published in the last 3 years (1st November 2015 - 1st November 2017)
  • Nominations not accepted from publishers at this stage

Timeline of prize

  • Appeal for longlist from as early as November 2017 to DCI teachers/staff/librarians/parents nominations requested by 6th February to enable acquisition of books
  • Shortlisting by late February by teacher librarians in all participating Colleges
  • Introduction of books and related activities from mid September 2018
  • November 2018 vote and results announced across network afterwards
  • Authors notified if their book wins