Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., is awarded annually to the writer and illustrator of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.[1][2] 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.[2]

Sibert Medal
Awarded for"the most distinguished informational book" for children
CountryUnited States
Presented byAssociation for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded2001

"Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable, factual material." Poetry and traditional literature such as folktales are not eligible but there is no other restriction (such as reference books or even nonfiction books). The book must be published originally or simultaneously in the United States and in English.[3]


Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001–present[4]
Year Writer Illustrator Title Citation
2001 Marc Aronson Marc Aronson Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado Winner
Joan Dash Dušan Petričić The Longitude Prize Honor
Jim Murphy BLIZZARD! The Storm That Changed America
Sophie Webb Sophie Webb My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal
Judd Winick Judd Winick Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
2002 Susan Campbell Bartoletti Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 Winner
Andrea Warren Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps Honor
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Vincent van Gogh
Lynn Curlee Lynn Curlee Brooklyn Bridge
2003 James Cross Giblin The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler Winner
Karen Blumenthal Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 Honor
Jack Gantos Hole in My Life
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Robert Andrew Parker Action Jackson
Pam Muñoz Ryan Brian Selznick When Marian Sang
2004 Jim Murphy An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Winner
Vicki Cobb Julia Gorton I Face the Wind Honor
2005 Russell Freedman The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights Winner
Barbara Kerley Brian Selznick Walt Whitman: Words for America Honor
Sy Montgomery Nic Bishop The Tarantula Scientist
James Rumford James Rumford Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing
2006 Sally M. Walker Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley Winner
Susan Campbell Bartoletti Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow Honor
2007 Catherine Thimmesh Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon Winner
Ann Bausum Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement Honor
Sy Montgomery Nic Bishop Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Siena Cherson Siegel Mark Siegel To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel
2008 Peter Sís Peter Sís The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Winner
Brian Floca Brian Floca Lightship Honor
Nic Bishop Nic Bishop Nic Bishop Spiders
2009 Kadir Nelson Kadir Nelson We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Winner
James M. Deem Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past Honor
Barbara Kerley Edwin Fotheringham What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
2010 Tanya Lee Stone Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream Winner
Chris Barton Tony Persiani The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors Honor
Brian Floca Brian Floca Moonshot: The Flight Of Apollo 11
Phillip Hoose Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
2011 Sy Montgomery Nic Bishop Kakapo: Saving the World's Strangest Bird Winner
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Johnson Brian Floca Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring Honor
Russell Freedman Lafayette and the American Revolution
2012 Melissa Sweet Melissa Sweet Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade Winner
Larry Dane Brimner Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene 'Bull' Connor Honor
Allen Say Allen Say Drawing from Memory
Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwell (Photographers) The Elephant Scientist
Rosalyn Schanzer Rosalyn Schanzer Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
2013 Steve Sheinkin Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Winner
Robert Byrd Robert Byrd Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Honor
Phillip Hoose Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with Great Survivor B95
Deborah Hopkinson Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
2014 Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore Susan L. Roth Parrots over Puerto Rico Winner
Jen Bryant Melissa Sweet A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Honor
Annette LeBlanc Cate Annette LeBlanc Cate Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
Brian Floca Brian Floca Locomotive
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius
2015 Jen Bryant Melissa Sweet The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Winner
Candace Fleming The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia Honor
Patricia Hruby Powell Christian Robinson Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Katherine Roy Katherine Roy Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands
Duncan Tonatiuh Duncan Tonatiuh Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming
2016 Duncan Tonatiuh Duncan Tonatiuh Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras Winner
Don Brown Don Brown Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Honor
Phillip Hoose The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
Lynda Blackmon Lowery,
as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley
PJ Loughran Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Carole Boston Weatherford Ekua Holmes Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
2017 John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Nate Powell March: Book Three Winner
Candace Fleming Eric Rohmann Giant Squid Honor
Caren Stelson Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
Albert Marrin The Japanese American Experience During World War II
Russell Freedman We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
2018 Larry Dane Brimner Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 Winner
Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee Man One Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Honor
Jason Chin Jason Chin Grand Canyon
Shane Burcaw Matt Carr Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability
Patricia Newman Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem
2019 Joyce Sidman The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science Winner
Catherine Thimmesh Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild Honor
Gail Jarrow Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America
Don Brown Don Brown The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
Traci Sorell Frané Lessac We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Michael Mahin Jose Ramirez When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana
2020 Kevin Noble Maillard Juana Martinez-Neal Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Winner
Lori Alexander Vivien Mildenberger All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World Honor
Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality
Nikki Grimes Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir
Antoinette Portis Antoinette Portis Hey, Water!

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  1. ^ "Welcome to the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal home page!". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ a b "About the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ "Terms and criteria: (Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  4. ^ "Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001–present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.