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For Immediate Release                                                  
January 22, 2007           
 
 

Catherine Thimmesh wins  2007 Sibert Informational Book Award

 

SEATTLE – Catherine Thimmesh, author of “Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon,” is the winner of the 2007 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2006. The announcement was made today at the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.


With heart-stopping prose and stunning NASA photographs, Thimmesh celebrates the men and women who solved a series of unfolding crises that threatened the mission of Apollo 11. The animated text lets the reader experience the tension of the mission from multiple vantage points and takes the reader along as an active participant. Personal interviews and oral histories help recreate the immediacy of the event for a new generation. The book is published by Houghton.

 

“In Thimmesh’s retelling of this famous event, the behind-the-scenes team takes the spotlight – not the astronauts. She extracts details from archival research and recent interviews to highlight the suspense, sacrifice and risk that surrounded those on the moon and those below,” said Sibert Chair Kate Houston Mitchoff.

 

Thimmesh’s extensive research included interviews with people who worked on Apollo 11; she even attended space camp as part of her research process. This is the Plymouth, Minn., resident’s fourth book. Thimmesh previously won the Children’s Book Award from the International Reading Association for her first book, “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women,” also from Houghton.


Three Sibert Honor Books were named: “Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement,” written by Ann Bausum and published by National Geographic; “Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea,” written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop and published by Houghton; and “To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel,” written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel and published by Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson (hardcover) and Simon & Schuster/Aladdin.


The 1961 Freedom Rides come to life in Bausum’s book through the unflinching personal stories of two men uniting for a common cause: Lewis, the African American Southerner and Zwerg, the Caucasian Midwesterner. The dynamic book design includes Civil Rights song lyrics, first-hand accounts and provocative black-and-white photographs layered with lavender-and-gray panels. Exemplary documentation and end notes further illuminate the journey. Bausum lives in Beloit, Wis.


Biologist Lisa Dabek and her multinational team search for the beautiful, elusive Matschie’s tree kangaroo in the cloud forests of Papua New Guinea in “Quest for the Tree Kangaroo.” Dramatic color photographs vividly portray the quest for this remarkable animal through the mysteriously foggy forest. This is the third Montgomery and Bishop award-winning Scientists in the Field title. Montgomery lives in N.H., and Bishop lives in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Siegel’s literary debut in “To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel” dramatizes the struggle and fulfillment of becoming a professional ballerina – lifting the curtain on a dream shared by many young dancers. Partnered by Mark Siegel’s evocative and elegant illustrations in graphic novel format, her memoir leaps off the page. The Siegels live in New York.


The Sibert Award is sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., of Jacksonville, Ill., in honor of Robert F. Sibert, its longtime president. Sibert is known for his early work in establishing standards of bookbinding. The annual award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA.


Members of the 2007 Sibert Informational Book Award Committee are: Chair Kate Houston Mitchoff, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Melody Allen, Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, Providence, R.I.; Elizabeth Bush, St. Damian School, Oak Forest, Ill.; Sarah English, Omaha (Neb.) Public Library; Wendy Lukehart, Washington, D.C. Public Library; Penny Peck, San Leandro (Calif.) Public Library; Linda Plevak, Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, Spring Branch, Texas; Rebecca Purdy, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Va.; and Jewell Stoddard, Politics & Prose Book Store, Washington, D.C.


For more information on the Sibert Informational Book Award and other ALA literary awards, please visit www.ala.org/mw07winners.

                                                                       

SEATTLE – Catherine Thimmesh, author of “Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon,” is the winner of the 2007 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2006. The announcement was made today at the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.