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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. 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.


2017 Medal Winner

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March: Book Three
, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions.
March is a memoir chronicling Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Carefully selected dialog and first-person accounts combine with panels, word balloons, and creative lettering in a stunning display of the comics medium.
“The skillful work of Lewis, Aydin and Powell invites readers to walk in Lewis’s shoes, calling them to reflect on his experiences and to see his story of courage and resistance as America’s own,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Caitlin D. Jacobson.

2017 Honor Books

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Giant Squid
written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Poetic text and lush oil paintings immerse readers in a suspenseful deep-sea investigation of the elusive giant squid, exploring what is known – and what remains unknown – about this fascinating marine creature.

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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
, written by Caren Stelson, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group Inc.
In powerful, spare prose, Stelson recounts the haunting experiences of a young Sachiko and her family in the months and decades following the atomic destruction at Nagasaki.  Historical photographs and topical essays combine to provide valuable context for today’s readers.

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Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
, written by Albert Marrin and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Marrin fuses impeccable research and polemic brilliance in an examination and well-guided history of the racism and xenophobia that propelled Executive Order 9066, interning over 100,000 Japanese-American citizens in concentration camps.

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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
, written by Russell Freedman and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Freedman offers a tightly-knit narrative on the lives and work of these young people within the larger context of Hitler, Nazism, and the devastating effect these forces had on Germany, its people, and the world. Meticulous research, exceptional design, and masterful plot development celebrate the legacy of those who refused to be silent.

Members of the 2017 Sibert Medal Committee are: Chair Caitlin D. Jacobson, Ketchikan (Alaska.) High School Library; Louise A. Capizzo, Scarborough (Maine) Public Library; Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.; Jean B. Gaffney, Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library; Elisa Gall, Latin School of Chicago; Marge Loch-Wouters, Loch-Works Consulting, La Crescent, Minn.; Ted McCoy, Leeds Elementary and Ryan Road Elementary, Northampton, Mass.; Gail Nordstrom, Viking Library System, Fergus Falls, Minn.; and Michael A. Rogalla, Champaign (Ill.) Public Library.

Information books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable, factual material for children. There are no limitations as to the character of the book, although traditional literature (e.g., folktales) is not eligible. Poetry is not eligible except as a format or vehicle to convey information. Honor books may be named; they shall be books that are truly distinguished. The first award was announced at the Midwinter Meeting in 2001 and then presented at the ALSC Membership Meeting held during the Annual Conference.