Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

The Robert F. Sibert Award is named in honor of Robert Sibert, longtime president of Bound to Stay Bound Books. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book. It is sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

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Duncan Tonatiuh. Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Presents the life of the Mexican artist, who became famous for his drawings of skeletons in multiple everyday poses which have become identified with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

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Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet​. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus ​

Examines the life of Peter Mark Roget and his invention of the thesaurus.

Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Parrots Over Puerto Rico

A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species

Steve Sheinkin. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.


Melissa Sweet. Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America--the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sy Montgomery. Kakapo Rescue

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. Originally this bird numbered in the millions before humans brought predators to the islands. Now on the isolated island refuge, a team of scientists is trying to restore the kakapo population.

Tanya Lee Stone. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.


Kadir Nelson.  We Are the Ship:  The Story of Negro League Baseball  

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.


Peter Sis.  The Wall:  Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

In his most personal work to date, award-winning author Peter Ss offers a brilliant graphic memoir, taking readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain.


Catherine Thimmesh.  Team Moon:  How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon  

Culled from direct quotes from the people behind the scenes, NASA transcripts, national archives and NASA photos, the whole story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing emerges.


Sally M. Walker.  Secrets of a Civil War Submarine:  Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley  


Russell Freedman.  The Voice That Challenged a Nation:  Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights  

In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.


Jim Murphy.  An American Plague

It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name -- yellow fever -- but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. This powerful, dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. The medical beliefs and practices of the time and the conditions that helped the disease to spread through the city that was then the nation's capital are vividly detailed. So, too, is the heroic role that free black Philadelphians played in saving their city.


James Cross Giblin. Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

In a straightforward and nonsensational manner, James Cross Giblin explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the social conditions that furthered his rapid rise to power. He traces the arc of Hitler's life from his childhood in Austria and his youthful ambition to be an artist to his final days in an embattled bunker under Berlin. What emerges is a portrait of a charismatic leader as well as a deeply disturbed man.


Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850  

This account of the potato blight that struck in Ireland tells the story of the men, women, and children who made every attempt to survive and hang on to hope.


Marc Aronson. Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

Recounts the adventurous life of the English explorer and courtier who spelled his name " Ralegh " and led many expeditions to the New World.