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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2015 Winner(s)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

Written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Peter Mark Roget, whose boyhood passion for list-making and finding the right word for every situation, led him to create his “treasure house” of a book, the thesaurus. Bryant’s engaging, accessible narrative and Sweet’s delightfully detailed mixed media illustrations meld together to create “a marvel, a wonder, a surprise,” of a book.


2015 Honor(s)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Written by Jacqueline and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

Woodson’s eloquent and haunting memoir focuses on her family and her dream of becoming a writer.


The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia

Written by Candace Fleming and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a Division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

Fleming brilliantly delineates the tragic fall of the Russian royal family, contrasting their opulent lives with the primary source voices from the Rebellion.


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by Chronicle Books LLC

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is a dynamic dance of beautifully written verse and lively illustrations describing the life of the effervescent entertainer.


Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands

Written and illustrated by Katherine Roy, and published by David Macaulay Studio, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press

With vivid paintings and clear, accessible text, Roy creates a heart-stopping look at what great white sharks do best—hunt for their next meal.


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS

Tonatiuh draws upon traditional Mixtec codex art to tell the story of 11-year-old Sylvia Mendes, who helped end school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board of Education.