Sibert Medal

most distinguished informational book

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.

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Author: John Lewis
2017 Sibert Medal - Winner

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

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Author: Candance Fleming
2017 Sibert Medal - Honor

A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid.

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Author: Caren Stelson
2017 Sibert Medal - Honor

This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko's trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace. This book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.

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Author: Albert Martin
2017 Sibert Medal - Honor

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Author: Russel Freedman
2017 Sibert Medal - Honor

In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2016 Sibert Medal - Winner
Presents the life of the Mexican artist, who became famous for his drawings of skeletons in multiple everyday poses which have become identified with the Mexican Day of the Dead.
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Author: Don Brown
2016 Sibert Medal - Honor
Presents a graphic account of the events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the city of New Orleans and its people, detailing the selflessness, heroism, and courage, while also noting the incompetence, racism, and criminality.
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Author: Phillip Hoose
2016 Sibert Medal - Honor
The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.
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Author: Lynda Blackmon Lowery
2016 Sibert Medal - Honor
A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events.
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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
2016 Sibert Medal - Honor
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer
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Author: Jennifer Bryant
2015 Sibert Medal - Winner

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companionsNand it wasn't long before Roget began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Roget took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express what he thought. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

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Author: Jaqueline Woodson
2015 Sibert Medal - Honor

In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.

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Author: Patricia Hruby Powell
2015 Sibert Medal - Honor

A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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Author: Katherine Roy
2015 Sibert Medal - Honor

In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' shark population. She witnessed seal attacks, observed sharks being tagged in the wild, and got an up close look at the dramatic Farallons--a wildlife refuge that is strictly off-limits to all but the scientists who work there. Neighborhood Sharks is an intimate portrait of the life cycle, biology, and habitat of the great white shark, based on the latest research and an up-close visit with these amazing animals.

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
2015 Sibert Medal - Honor

Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.