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Robert F. Sibert Medal

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.

Official Sibert Medal Winners 2001-Present

2013 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.
Steve Sheinkin J623.4511 SHEIN
2012 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.
Melissa Sweet JB SA731SW
2011 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.
Sy Montgomery J639.97 MONTG
2010 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.
Tanya Lee Stone J629.45 STONE
2009 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.
Kadir Nelson J796.357 NELSO
2008 The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
Award-winning author Peter Sís 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.
Peter Sis JB SI81S
2007 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.
Catherine Thimmesh J629.454 THIMM
2006 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
Sally M. Walker J973.7 WALKE
2005 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.
Russell Freedman JB AN243FR
2004 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.
Jim Murphy J614.5 MURPH
2003 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.
James Cross Giblin JB H638GI
2002 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.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti J941.5 BARTO
2001 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.
Marc Aronson JB R138

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