Sibert Medal

Sibert MedalThe Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

2013 Medal Winner

Book cover: BombBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
written by Steve Sheinkin

(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

A riveting thriller told in three parallel stories: the race against time to build the world's first atomic bomb; the determination to stop the Nazis from developing it first; and the stealthy efforts of Soviet spies to steal the American plans.

“Sheinkin’s page-turning narrative is a thrilling introduction to the science, history, politics and intrigue behind events that changed our world forever,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Kathie L. Meizner.

2013 Honor Books

Book cover: Electric BenElectric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
written and illustrated by Robert Byrd 

(Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Renaissance man and American founding father, Benjamin Franklin, surges to life in “Electric Ben.” From the electrifying cover to the colonial newspaper format, Byrd’s life of Benjamin Franklin sparkles with as much energy—written and visual—as a book can contain.

Book cover: MoonbirdMoonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
written by Phillip M. Hoose

(Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers)

B95, a four-ounce shorebird, is the subject of a fast-paced tale of endurance. Photographs of the bird are crisp; maps are sharp and well-drawn. From start to finish, Hoose inspires the reader with awe—and worry—for this tiny natural wonder.

 

Book cover: TitanicTitanic: Voices from the Disaster
written by Deborah Hopkinson

(Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)

Hopkinson tells the story of the ill-fated ship in compelling detail, offering a gripping account in the voices of survivors. Drawing upon oral histories, historical photographs, letters, telegrams, maps and menus, she portrays the events that continue to haunt us.

2012
Medal Winner:
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Honor Book:
Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor
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Drawing from Memory
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The Elephant Scientist
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Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
2011
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Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
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Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
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Lafayette and the American Revolution
2010
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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
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The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
2009
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
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Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
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What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!"
2008
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The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain
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Lightship
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Nic Bishop Spiders
2007
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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
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Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
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To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel
2006
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Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow
2005
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The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
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Walt Whitman: Words for America
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The Tarantula Scientist
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Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing