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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2006 Winner(s)

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley

by Sally M. Walker (Carolrhoda Books, Inc., a division of Lerner Publishing Group)

In 1864, the H.L. Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  It then vanished.  For 131 years, the Hunley's fate remained a mystery.  Walker has crafted a seamless account of historical and scientific sleuthing to reveal the secrets of the Hunley and her crew, all the while demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of the problem-solving process in our modern world.  Walker combines the drama of a wartime shipwreck with compelling scientific writing to create a work of true distinction.

2006 Honor(s)

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)

Readers will be riveted by the chilling history meticulously documented in Bartoletti's book.  By weaving the personal stories of 12 young Germans into the larger fabric of Nazism and World War II, Baroletti elevates understanding of Hitler's strategic plans of manipulation to a new level and offers contemporary youth the opportunity to question the choices they might have made in the same situation.