This award honours the best book of non-fiction for children. The winning work will surprise and delight readers, rewarding their curiosity and helping them make sense of their world. 

Note: Biographies should be submitted in this category – anthologies/collections are eligible. There are separate categories for STEM, Animals and Nature, Wellbeing, and Hobbies and Interests. The organisers reserve the right to move nominated non-fiction titles into the most appropriate category.


  • Originality: Offers a new/original perspective on a well-known topic OR introduces readers to a topic previously not explored/explained for readers of this age.
  • Clarity and quality of copy: Written clearly and confidently, imparting information and explanations accurately, simply and succinctly in language that is appropriate for eight to 12-year-olds
  • Design and layout: Presentation of information is engaging, accessible and clearly organised. If used, illustrations or photographs enhance the reading experience and help make sense of the subject.
  • Quality: and originality of execution e.g. style and format, storytelling, practical activities and projects, interactive elements and use of illustration to enhance the reading experience and elevate understanding.
  • Relevance to readers’ lives: e.g. use of real-world examples and alignment with current interests and issues, to help children make sense of their world.
  • Diversity and respectful representation: People and experiences are portrayed authentically and with sensitivity, without stereotyping, generalising or trivialising.
  • Impact: Offers a satisfying reading experience overall. A standout book that will be enjoyed by children, feeding their curiosity and prompting them to share their newfound knowledge.