The Hampshire Illustrated Book Award is an annual award for picture books for older readers. All primary schools subscribing to the School Library Service can apply to take part. The judges are Year 5 pupils in participating schools.
The shortlist of 6 books is announced to co-ordinators in the summer term and judging takes place in the autumn. The books are are chosen for their potential both to stimulate discussion and to introduce children to new and exciting ways of working in Art and Music lessons. Visual literacy notes are provided for schools taking part in the award to help them exploit the titles to the full. Notes from previous years are available for download in the subscriber area of the SLS Moodle.