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: Annette Cate
2014 Sibert Medal - Honor

This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader (Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin' some spruce. Yep.). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.

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Author: Jan Greenberg
2014 Sibert Medal - Honor

Illustrated with evocative historical photographs and over fifty color reproductions of his ceramics, The Mad Potter tells the extraordinary story of an eccentric American maverick who was determined to make his mark and who never stopped believing that even the unlikeliest dreams can come true.

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Author: Melissa Sweet
2012 Sibert Medal - Winner

Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America--the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Author: Larry Dane Brimner
2012 Sibert Medal - Honor

A riveting account of the racially-charged events that shook Birmingham, AL in the '50's and '60's, focusing on the lives and interactions of two key figures: Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, pastor of the Bethel Baptist church and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Eugune Bull Conner, city commissioner and segregationist. Following the critical success of Birmingham Sunday, noted author Larry Dane Brimner weaves together a plethora of primary source archival material to create a fascination portrait of American Civil Right history: oral histories, court documents, police and FBI reports, newspaper clippings, and interviews with Rev. Shuttlesworth and his wife.

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Author: Allen Say
2012 Sibert Medal - Honor

Caldecott Medalist Say (Grandfather's Journey) presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during World War II, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist. Drawing from memory is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today.

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Author: Caitlin o'Connell
2012 Sibert Medal - Honor

Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature's largest , most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.

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Author: Rosalyn Schanzer
2012 Sibert Medal - Honor

An award-winning author and illustrator tells the riveting, true story of what happened in the Salem Village, Massachusetts, when accusations of witchcraft tore apart the tiny town. Illustrations.

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Author: Sy Montgomery
2011 Sibert Medal - Winner

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. Originally this bird numbered in the millions before humans brought predators to the islands. Now on the isolated island refuge, a team of scientists is trying to restore the kakapo population.

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Author: Jan Greenberg
2011 Sibert Medal - Honor

Tells the story behind the creation of Appalachian Spring, describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design.

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Author: Russell Freedman
2011 Sibert Medal - Honor

An account of Marquis de Lafayette, a young French nobleman, who helped bring victory at Yorktown and became a lifelong friend of George Washington.