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Instructional Media Center: Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal


"The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book

published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution

to children’s literature." -- American Library Association

Medal Winners

2017 March. Book Three -- written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell 323.1 L587mth

2016 Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras --  written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh  769.92 T61f

2015 The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus --  written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet  B R634B

2014  Parrots over Puerto Rico -- written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth 597.71097295 R742p

2013 Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin F Sh42b

2012 Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet  B Sa73S

2011 Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop 639.9 M767k

2010 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone  629.45 St72a

2009 We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  by Kadir Nelson 796.357 N333w

2008 The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís B Si81S

2007 Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon  by Catherine Thimmesh 629.45 T348t

2006 Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker 

2005 The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights  by Russell Freedman B An24f

2004 An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy  614.5 M954a

2003 The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin  B H638G

2002 Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 941.5081 B285b

2001 Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson 



Honor Winners ... 2017 - 2012

2017 Giant Squid written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann 594.58 F6286gi

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, written by Caren Stelson  YASUI B Ya26S

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, written by Albert Marrin 940.53170973 M349up

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, written by Russell Freedman 943.086 F875w

2016 Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown  976.044 B812d

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, written by Phillip Hoose 940.5348 H769b

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley and illustrated by PJ Loughran  323.1196 L953t

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes B H178W

2015 Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson  F W868b

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming 947.08 F629f

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson B B174P

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, by Katherine Roy  597 R812n

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh 379.26 T61s

2014 A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet 759.13 B841s

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Locomotive by Brian Floca   385 F651l

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan  738.092 G829m

2013 Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd  B F854B

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose 598 H769m
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

2012 Black & White:  The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor by Larry Dane Brimner

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say B Sa99D
The Elephant Scientist, written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwelland 599.67 O65
Witches!:  The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

Honor Winners ... 2011-2001

2011 Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca 792.8 G829b

Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman B L1309F

2010 The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani B Sw68B
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca 629.45 F651m
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose 323.1 F875f

2009 Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem 930 D36b

What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!,  written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham 973.9 F457w

2008 Lightship by Brian Floca

Nic Bishop Spiders  by Nic Bishop 595.4 B542s

2007 Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement  by Ann Bausum

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel 599.2 M767q

2006 Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow  by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 943.086 B285h

2005 Walt Whitman: Words for America, written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick B W595k
The Tarantula Scientist, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford, translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby

2004 I Face the Wind, written by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

2003 Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos F G158h
Action Jackson, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker B P761G
When Marian Sang, written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick B An24R

2002 Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren

Vincent van Gogh by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan 759.9492 G829v
Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee

2001 The Longitude Prize, written by Joan Dash, illustrated by Dusan Petricic 

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy
My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb 598.47 W38m
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick