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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2009 Winner(s)

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Kadir Nelson (Disney-Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group)


Kadir Nelson scores a homerun with this fascinating and well-documented history of Negro League Baseball told in the voice of an "everyman" narrator. Dignified, riveting full-page illustrations capture the spirit of these larger-than-life men who loved the game, despite the prejudice they faced.

“Kadir Nelson's eight years of research score a grand slam in his rookie writing effort,” said Sibert Chair Carol K. Phillips. “This history of the Negro League entices fans and non-fans alike. His stunning oil paintings, based on archival photographs, illustrate grace, pride and discipline far beyond what words alone might convey.”

2009 Honor(s)

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past

written by James M. Deem (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Bodies from the Ice explores the archaeology of glacier science. Deem's visual presentation engages readers through period newspaper illustrations, paintings, maps and photographs of ice mummies and artifacts from four continents. Twisted bleached bones, sacrificial victims and legendary climbers are the pinnacle of this en"GROSS"ing account.

What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Fathe

written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.)

Growing up as the daughter of the President was not easy, but being the President and father of Alice Roosevelt was not easy either. Barbara Kerley's playful use of language and Fotheringham's rollicking illustrations converge to introduce energy and outrageousness in "What to Do About Alice?"