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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2015


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2015

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal was awarded for the first time in 2001 to Marc Aronson for SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. It is given to honor the authors, illustrators and/or photographers of the most distinguished informational book published for children in the preceding year. Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret documentable factual material. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

- The winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is THE RIGHT WORD: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant.

- Five Sibert Honor Books were named: BROWN GIRL DREAMING written by Jacqueline Woodson; THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming; JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson; NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands written and illustrated by Katherine Roy; and SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Written by Jen Bryant with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. - History

September 15, 2014

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions --- and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time. Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Narrative Poetry

October 11, 2016

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming - History

July 8, 2014

Here is the tumultuous and heartrending true story of the Romanovs --- at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Christian Robinson - Picture Book

January 14, 2014


An extraordinary 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.

Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy - Animals

September 30, 2014

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: seals. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome and least understood animals. In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' sharks. 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.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh - History

May 6, 2014

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.