The Robert F. Sibert
Informational Book Award
This award is given annually "to the author of the most distinguished informational
book published during the preceding year." There are an award winner and honor books.
The links in the book titles take you to Amazon; if you prefer you can search for information on IndieBound, the website of the independent booksellers.
Robert F. Sibert Award winners:
- 2016 winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
- 2015 winner: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Also a Caldecott Honor book.
- 2014 winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico, by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
- 2013 winner: Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. Also a Newbery Honor book.
- 2012 winner: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, by Melissa Sweet.
- 2011 winner: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot, by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Nic Bishop.
- 2010 winner: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, by Tanya Lee Stone.
- 2009 winner: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, by Kadir Nelson.
- 2008 winner: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, by Peter Sís. Sibert Chair Caroline Parr: “Sís combines the personal and the political in a feat of visual and verbal storytelling." Also a Caldecott Honor book.
- 2007 winner: Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon, by Catherine Thimmesh.
- 2006 winner: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, by Sally M. Walker.
- 2005 winner: The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson..., by Russell Freedman.
- 2004 winner: An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, by Jim Murphy.
- 2003 winner: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, by James Cross Giblin.
- 2002 winner: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, by Susan
Robert F. Sibert Honor books:
- 2016 Honor books:
- 2015 Honor books:
- Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Also a a National Book Award winner and a Newbery Honor book.
- The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming.
- Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, 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.
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
- 2014 Honor books:
- A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
- Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate.
- Locomotive, by Brian Floca -- also the Caldecott Medal book.
- The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
- 2013 Honor books:
- Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, written and illustrated by Robert Byrd.
- Mooonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, by Phillip M. Hoose.
- Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson.
- 2012 Honor books:
- Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, by Larry Dane Brimner.
- Drawing from Memory, written and illustrated by Allen Say.
- The Elephant Scientist, written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell.
- Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.
- 2011 Honor books:
- Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Lafayette and the American Revolution, by Russell Freedman.
- 2010 Honor books:
- The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani.
- Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, written by Phillip Hoose (also a Newbery Honor book).
- 2009 Honor books:
- Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past, by James M. Deem.
- What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!, written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
- 2008 Honor books:
- Lightship, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Nic Bishop Spiders, written and photographed by Nic Bishop.
- Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement, by
- Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea,
by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop.
- To Dance: A Ballerinas Graphic Novel, by Siena Cherson Siegel,
illustrated by Mark Siegel.
- 2006 Honor book:
- Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
- Walt Whitman: Words for America, by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by
- The Tarantula Scientist, by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop.
- Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing, by James Rumford.
- I Face the Wind, by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton.
- 2002 Honor books:
- Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, by Andrea Warren.
- Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
- Brooklyn Bridge, by Lynn Curlee.
information about the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: this
link leads to the official site for the Award, which includes a complete list
of past winners.
This page was compiled by Harold Underdown ( Google + Profile ) from information available on public websites.
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