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Sibert Award Criteria

  1. In identifying a "distinguished" book for children, the committee members will consider the following:
    • High quality in writing and illustration. Clarity and accuracy of presentation in both text and illustrative material, as well as appropriate documentation, distinctive use of language, excellent artistic presentation in illustration.
    • Stimulating presentation of facts, concepts and ideas.
    • Engaging writing and illustration.
    • Appropriateness of style of presentation of information for topic or subject and with respect to the different age levels for whom the book may be appropriate.

  2. Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

  3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.

Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for quality of presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity.

The preceding is adapted from the official Sibert terms and criteria from ALSC.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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