Children's Book Awards


Sibert Medal Winners


The Robert F. Sibert Medal is presented annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished informational book for children published in English.

CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
J598.71 ROTH Roth, Susan L. Parrots Over Puerto Rico
"A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species"--Provided by publisher.
2013
J623.4511 Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
2012
JB SA731SW Sweet, Melissa Balloons Over Broadway
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.
2011
J639.97 MONTG Montgomery, Sy Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Bird
On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 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.
2010
J629.45 STONE Stone, Tanya Lee Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men.
2009
J796.357 NELSO Nelson, Kadir We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.
2008
JB SI81S Sis, Peter The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
Award-winning author Peter S�­s takes readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain.
2007
J629.454 THIMM Thimmesh, Catherine Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from "Apollo 11," the author captures the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the people behind the scenes who worked to make the first moon landing possible.
2006
J973.7 WALKE Walker, Sally M. Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley
Contents: Prologue: A Lost Treasure -- A seafaring stealth weapon -- Climb aboard -- Disaster -- Lieutenant Dixon's mission -- A stunning discovery -- The Hunley talks -- Buried treasures -- In touch with the past -- Forensic tales -- Timeline -- Glossary
2005
JB AN243FR Freedman, Russell The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.
2004
J614.5 MURPH Murphy, Jim An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name -- yellow fever -- but everything else about it is a mystery.
2003
JB H638GI Giblin, James Cross The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
Hitler's life from his childhood to his last, desperate days in the bunker; includes photographs, maps and political cartoons.
2002
J941.5 BARTO Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850
In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.
2001
JB R138AR Aronson, Marc Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado
Explores the amazing accomplishments and dismal failures of one of the most flamboyant figures of the Elizabethan age.
2000

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