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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2017 Winner(s)

March: Book Three

written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works LLC

“March: Book Three” published by Top Shelf Productions, is a memoir chronicling Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Carefully selected dialog and first-person accounts combine with panels, word balloons, and creative lettering in a stunning display of the comics medium.

“The skillful work of Lewis, Aydin and Powell invites readers to walk in Lewis’s shoes, calling them to reflect on his experiences and to see his story of courage and resistance as America’s own,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Caitlin D. Jacobson.


2017 Honor(s)

Giant Squid

written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

Poetic text and lush oil paintings immerse readers in a suspenseful deep-sea investigation of the elusive giant squid, exploring what is known – and what remains unknown – about this fascinating marine creature.


Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

written by Caren Stelson and published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc

In powerful, spare prose, Stelson recounts the haunting experiences of a young Sachiko and her family in the months and decades following the atomic destruction at Nagasaki.  Historical photographs and topical essays combine to provide valuable context for today’s readers.


Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II

written by Albert Marrin and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC

Marrin fuses impeccable research and polemic brilliance in an examination and well-guided history of the racism and xenophobia that propelled Executive Order 9066, interning over 100,000 Japanese-American citizens in concentration camps.


We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

written by Russell Freedman and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Freedman offers a tightly-knit narrative on the lives and work of these young people within the larger context of Hitler, Nazism, and the devastating effect these forces had on Germany, its people, and the world. Meticulous research, exceptional design, and masterful plot development celebrate the legacy of those who refused to be silent.