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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2008 Winner(s)

The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain

by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)

In his deeply felt memoir, set in mid-20th century Prague, Sís contrasts the constrictive walls of the communist state with his personal quest for artistic freedom.  Black and white drawings accentuated with sharp punches of red are brightened with splashes of color as hope gradually takes hold.  Sís takes us from his childhood, when fear, suspicion and lies permeated everyday life, to the "Prague Spring" of 1968 and beyond, a time when "everything seemed possible."

2008 Honor(s)


by written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)

In simple, stately prose that perfectly complements his luminous watercolors, Floca introduces the lightship Ambrose, its crew and cat.  Masterful use of the historical present tense, deft, humorous touches and detailed endpapers engage young children while acknowledgments and notes in the book, fore and aft, provide context.

Nic Bishop Spiders

written and photographed by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Nonfiction, an imprint of Scholastic)

Even the squeamish will be awed by Bishop's oversized, dramatic and vibrant up-close color photographs of more than a dozen types of spiders.  His compelling, conversational and knowledgeable text provides basic information and startling facts, which all ages will relish.