Sibert Informational Book Medal

Sibert Informational Book Medal

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 the United States in English during the preceding year. Association for Library Service to Children administers the award.

2015 Medal Winner

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Peter Mark Roget, whose boyhood passion for list-making and finding the right word for every situation, led him to create his “treasure house” of a book, the thesaurus. Bryant’s engaging, accessible narrative and Sweet’s delightfully detailed mixed media illustrations meld together to create “a marvel, a wonder, a surprise,” of a book.


Honor Books:

Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline  (see review by Susan)
Woodson’s eloquent and haunting memoir focuses on her family and her dream of becoming a writer.





The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
, written by Candace Fleming.
Fleming brilliantly delineates the tragic fall of the Russian royal family, contrasting their opulent lives with the primary source voices from the Rebellion.



Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is a dynamic dance of beautifully written verse and lively illustrations describing the life of the effervescent entertainer.



Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands
, written and illustrated by Katherine Roy.
With vivid paintings and clear, accessible text, Roy creates a heart-stopping look at what great white sharks do best—hunt for their next meal.



Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Tonatiuh draws upon traditional Mixtec codex art to tell the story of 11-year-old Sylvia Mendes, who helped end school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board of Education.




Parrots over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive by Brian Floca
The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan


Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson


Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (see review by Susan)
Black & White:  The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor by Larry Dane Brimner
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
The Elephant Scientist, written by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson, photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwelland
Witches!:  The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer


Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop.
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca
Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman


Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone (See Susan’s Review)
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 by Brian Floca
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  by Kadir Nelson
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


The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
Lightship by Brian Floca
Nic Bishop Spiders  by Nic Bishop


Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon  by Catherine Thimmesh   Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement  by Ann Bausum
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel


Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker   Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow  by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights  by Russell Freedman
Walt Whitman: Words for America, written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick
The Tarantula Scientist, written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford, translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby


An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
I Face the Wind, written by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
by James Cross Giblin
Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Action Jackson, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
When Marian Sang, written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick


Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren
Vincent van Gogh by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee


Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson
The Longitude Prizewritten by Joan Dash, illustrated by Dusan Petricic
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy.
My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb.
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick

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