Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published 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.


Medal Winner
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press).
Y UG1282.A8 S235 2012

Honor Books
Electric 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).
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip M. Hoose (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers).
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, written by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.).

Medal Winner
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin)

Honor Books
Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene 'Bull' Connor by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
Drawing from Memory written and illustrated by Allen Say (Scholastic Press)
Y NC975.5.S39 A2 2011
The Elephant Scientist written by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwelland (Houghton Mifflin)
Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzerand (National Geographic Society)

Medal Winner
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot written by Sy Montgomery; photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton Mifflin)
Y QL696.P7 M79 2010

Honor Books
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; illustrated by Brian Floca (Flash Point)
Y GV1790.A67 G74 2010x
Lafayette and the American Revolution written by Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
Y E207.L2 F86 2010

Medal Winner
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, written by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press)
Y TL789.85.A1 S79 2008

Honor Books
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 (Charlesbridge)
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Richard Jackson/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Y TL789.8.U6 F56 2009
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, written by Phillip Hoose (Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
Y F334.M753 C6554 2009

Medal Winner
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

Honor Books
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past written by James M. Deem (Houghton Mifflin Company)
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 (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.)
Y E757.3 .K47 2008

Medal Winner
The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)
Y NC975.5.S57 A2 2007

Honor Books
Lightship by written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
Y VK1013 .F5 2007
Nic Bishop Spiders written and photographed by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)
YQL458.4 .B58 2007

Medal Winner
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton)

Honor Books
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum (National Geographic)
Y E185.96 .B355 2006
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton)
To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson and Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
Y PN6727.S47 T6 2006x

Medal Winner
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker (Carolrhoda Books, Inc., a division of Lerner Publishing Group)
Y E599.H4 W35 2005

Honor Book
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)
Y DD253.5 .B37 2005

Medal Winner
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y ML3930.A5 F73 2004

Honor Books
Walt Whitman: Words for America written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.)
The Tarantula Scientist written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing written by James Rumford, translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y E99.C5 S3875 2004

Medal Winner
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y RA644.Y4 M875 2003

Honor Book
I Face the Wind written by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton (HarperCollins)

Medal Winner
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin (Clarion)

Honor Books
Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal (Atheneum)
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
Y PS3557.A5197 Z468 2002
Action Jackson written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (Roaring Brook Press/The Millbrook Press)
When Marian Sang written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
Y ML3930.A5 R93 2002

Medal Winner
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y DA950.7 .B37 2001

Honor Books
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren (HarperCollins)
Vincent van Gogh by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Delacorte Press)
Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Medal Winner
Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson (Clarion Books)

Honor Books
The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash; illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Frances Foster Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy.(Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic Inc.)
My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb. (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Y QL696.S473 W42 2000
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)

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