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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2004 Winner(s)

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Company)

Murphy draws material from primary sources, such as private diaries, newspapers and books, to give insight into political, social and cultural challenges of the yellow fever epidemic.  The compelling narrative pulls readers into the crisis, illuminates the community's responses and shows the best and worst of humanity.


"A consummate craftsman, Murphy vividly recreates the fear and panic that swept through Philadelphia in 1793," said Award Committee Chair Cathryn M. Mercier.  "Carefully designed and documented, this book models the best in informational books for young people."


2004 Honor(s)

I Face the Wind

written by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton (HarperCollins)

A Vicki Cobb Science Play book, I Face the Wind, asks its young readers to think like scientists, as it leads them through experiments and observations about wind.  Cobb's simple text and Gorton's dynamic illustrations invite participation.