Sibert Medal 2012

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: 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.