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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.

 


2016 Medal Winner

Book Cover: Funny BonesFunny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS
 
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calvaras is about José Guadalupe Posada, the Mexican artist whose iconic Dia de Muertos illustrations are well known to children celebrating or learning about the holiday. Juxtaposing his own artwork with Posada’s art and life, Tonatiuh tells the story of a remarkable man and time in Mexican history. 
 
“Dancing calaveras (skeletons) cavort through this playful biography about the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. In lively art and text, Tonatiuh describes Posada's  techniques and the social impact of his vibrant art," said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Overmyer.

2016 Honor Books

Book Cover: Drowned CityDrowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
 
“A swirl of unremarkable wind leaves Africa…” and makes its way to what will become the drowned city of New Orleans. Simple black ink lines and dramatic watercolors pull readers into the deep water. Heroes surface, and people find courage, but much in this exceptional graphic novel is about incompetence, racism, and the resilience of the people of the Crescent City. 

 
Book Cover: The Boys Who Challenged HitlerThe Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, written by Phillip Hoose, and published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers.
 
Hoose presents the true World War II story of eight Danish teens who became resistance fighters while most of the adults in their country reacted passively to the Nazi takeover. He and Knud Pedersen, the original organizer of their Churchill Club, extensively conversed in person and via email; Hoose weaves Pedersen’s own words into an adventurous narrative about these young heroes.

 
Book Cover: Turning 15 on the Road to FreedomTurning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran, and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.  
 
“By the time I was fifteen years old, I had been in jail nine times.” So begins Lowery’s highly personal account of the historic 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Revealing a dramatic story with diverse visual images, this heroic tale gives voice to activists participating in Civil Rights history. 

 
Book Cover: Voice of Freedom; Fannie Lou HamerVoice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, and published by Candlewick Press.
 
This inspirational singer and Civil Rights activist comes to life in 22 brief, first person, free verse poems that seamlessly incorporate Hamer’s own words. This biography takes her from  a sharecropping child to a community leader, and is richly illustrated with multimedia collages that perfectly evoke the emotions of each poem.

 
Members of the 2016 Sibert Medal Committee are: Chair Elizabeth C. Overmyer, Berkeley, Calif.; Gratia Banta, The Lane Libraries, Hamilton, Ohio; Alan Bern, Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library; Alei Burns, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library; Nick Glass, TeachingBooks.net, Madison, Wis.; Eric Gómez, Broward County Library, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Susan Dove Lempke, Niles (Ill.) Public Library District; Grace W. Ruth, San Francisco; and Jennifer Sommer, Dayton, Ohio. 
 
 

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.