Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

About the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.

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2002 Winner(s)

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

Written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

"Using first-hand accounts, illustrations and documents from archival sources, Bartoletti recreates the milieu of a century and a half ago, and links the lives of ordinary people to larger social, cultural and political issues," Sibert Award Committee Chair Nina Lindsay said.  "A model of engaging scholarship and accessible social history, Bartoletti's beautifully designed book makes clear the long-lasting impact of this event and the economic and political issues that lead to famine today."


2002 Honor(s)

Brooklyn Bridge

Written by Lynn Curlee. Published by Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Elegant paintings, facinating diagrams and compelling prose convey the tortuous creation of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge.  Explaining both the drama and the engineering, Brooklyn Bridge captivates readers of all ages by documenting the technical challenge and human perserverance that resulted in a practical structure that serves as a metaphoric victory for civilization.  Curlee provides a rich contextual view of the costs and triumphs inherent in the realization of great achievements.


Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps

Written by Andrea Warren. Published by HarperCollins.

Surviving Hitler is the powerful story of Jack Mandelbaum, who as a teenager was torn from life of warmth and family love, to spend three horrific years in a concentration camp.  Vintage photographs, effective design and engrossing narrative introduce the reader to a man, who still refuses to be consumed by hate, choosing instead to live a life of tolerance and forgiveness.


Vincent van Gogh

Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. Published by Delacorte Press.

Greenberg and Jordan detail van Gogh's life in a compelling and engaging narrative that deftly incorporates quotations from his letters, and vividly portrays the circumstances that so influenced the painter's work and tormented life.  The authors adeptly use first-hand material and paintings in their thoughtful interpretation of this passionate genius.