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Sibert Award Winners

on March 26, 2014

sibert medal imageThe Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States each year.

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Parrots over Puerto Rico2014: Parrots over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.

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2013: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve SheinkinBomb : 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.

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Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade2012: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

A tribute to the first creator of the giant helium balloons that fill the sky during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade traces the work of pioneering artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark. 

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Kakapo rescue : saving the world's strangest parrot2011: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot , written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 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.

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2010: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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2009: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir NelsonWe 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. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

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2008: The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by Peter SísThe wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain

Annotated illustrations, maps, and dreamscapes explore how the artist-author’s life was shaped while growing up in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, in a powerful graphic memoir.

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Team Moon : how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon2007: Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

Culled from direct quotes from the people behind the scenes, NASA transcripts, national archives and NASA photos, the whole story of Apollo 11 and the first moonlanding emerges.

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2006: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. WalkerSecrets of a Civil War submarine : solving the mysteries of the H. L. Hunley

Presents the history of the Civil War submarine the H.L. Hunley, including the construction, mysterious sinking, recovery, and restoration.

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The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights2005: The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman

Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with photographs, a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history is drawn from Anderson’s own writings and other contemporary accounts.

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An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 17932004: An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

1793, Philadelphia. The nation’s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . . In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city’s residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia’s free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city–and all his papers–while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever’s causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

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2003: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin

Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this Sibert Medal-winning biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this façade and presents a picture of a complex person—at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man. In a straightforward and nonsensational manner, the author explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the social conditions that furthered his rapid rise to power. Against a background of crucial historical events, Giblin traces the arc of Hitler’s life from 1889 to 1945: his childhood, his years as a frustrated artist in Vienna, his extraordinary rise as dictator of Germany, his final days in an embattled bunker under Berlin. Powerful archival images provide a haunting visual accompaniment to this clear and compelling account of a life that left an ineradicable mark on our world.

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Black potatoes : the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-18502002: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

A powerful story brings to life the men, women, and children who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and loved ones during the Great Irish Famine, and details the many heroes who brought hope to the Irish people. 

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Sir Walter Ralegh and the quest for El Dorado2001: Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson

Recounts the adventurous life of the English explorer and courtier who spelled his name “Ralegh” and led many expeditions to the New World.


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