The Dulwich Information Book Award - initiated in 2016 - 17.  Our ongoing aim is to highlight good quality nonfiction books in both English and Mandarin and promote them across our schools. The intention of the award is to encourage wider reading and provide a focus for a critical evaluation of content and design.

Here is the long-list we have started for 2019. 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 2016.

Dulwich Information Book Award Overview

  • 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 shortlisting (from libraries, bookshops and so on) or we will need to ask a recommender to submit a book
  • Excludes textbooks
  • 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 
  • Nominations not accepted from publishers at this stage

Timeline of prize

  • Appeal for longlist from as early as November 2018 to DCI teachers/staff/librarians/parents - nominations requested by April 30
  • Shortlisting early May by teacher librarians in all participating Colleges
  • Introduction of books and related activities from mid-September 2019
  • November 2019 vote and results announced across network afterward
  • Authors notified if their book wins

Behind the Books: The Non-fiction Family Tree

, 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 non-fiction and the interplay among them. The teachers and librarians used these categories to choose a diverse range of books.