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Sibert Medal
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
Country United States
First awarded 2001

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. 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.

"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.


Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001–present
Year Writer Illustrator Title Citation
2001 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 My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal
Winick, JuddJudd Winick Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
2002 Bartoletti, Susan CampbellSusan 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 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
Gantos, JackJack 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 Freedman, RussellRussell 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
Montgomery, SySy Montgomery Nic Bishop The Tarantula Scientist
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
Montgomery, SySy 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 Sís, PeterPeter Sís Sís, PeterPeter Sís The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Winner
Floca, BrianBrian Floca Lightship Honor
Nic Bishop Nic Bishop Nic Bishop Spiders
2009 Nelson, KadirKadir 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
Floca, BrianBrian Floca Moonshot: The Flight Of Apollo 11
Phillip Hoose Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
2011 Montgomery, SySy Montgomery Nic Bishop Kakapo: Saving the World's Strangest Bird Winner
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Johnson Floca, BrianBrian Floca Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring Honor
Russell Freedman Lafayette and the American Revolution
2012 Melissa Sweet Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade Winner
Brimner, Larry DaneLarry Dane Brimner Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene 'Bull' Connor Honor
Say, AllenAllen Say Drawing from Memory
O'Connell, CaitlinCaitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson O'Connell, CaitlinCaitlin 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
Floca, BrianBrian Floca Floca, BrianBrian 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 Robinson, ChristianChristian Robinson Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Katherine Roy Katherine Roy Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands
Tonatiuh, DuncanDuncan Tonatiuh Tonatiuh, DuncanDuncan Tonatiuh Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Woodson, JacquelineJacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming
2016 Tonatiuh, DuncanDuncan Tonatiuh Tonatiuh, DuncanDuncan Tonatiuh Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras Winner
Don Brown Don Brown Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Honor
Hoose, PhillipPhillip Hoose The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
Lynda Blackmon Lowery,
as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley
Loughran, PJPJ Loughran Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Weatherford, Carole BostonCarole Boston Weatherford Holmes, EkuaEkua Holmes Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
2017 John Lewis and Aydin, AndrewAndrew 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 Brimner, Larry DaneLarry Dane Brimner Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 Winner
Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee 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 Sidman, JoyceJoyce Sidman The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science Winner
Thimmesh, CatherineCatherine Thimmesh Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild Honor
Jarrow, GailGail Jarrow Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America
Brown, DonDon Brown Brown, DonDon Brown The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
Sorell, TraciTraci Sorell Lessac, FranéFrané Lessac We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Mahin, MichaelMichael Mahin Ramirez, JoseJose 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!
2021 Candace Fleming Eric Rohmann Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Winner
John Rocco John Rocco How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure Honor
Suzanne Slade Cozbi A. Cabrera Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Christina Soontornvat All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team
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