Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain
In his deeply felt memoir, set in mid-20th century Prague, SÃs 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. SÃs 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."
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
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.