Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor
Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is award annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the proceeding year. This award was established in 2001 by the Association for Library Service to Children and is sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of the company. The award information was retrieved from the (ALA) Robert F. Sibert Medal website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library are provided after the citation.


Brown, Don. (2015). Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans. New York, NY : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 363.34 B877dr

"On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history."

Hoose, Phillip M. (2015). The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. 940.53 H789b

"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion."

Lowery, Lynda Blackmon. (2015). Turning 15 on the road to freedom : my story of the Selma Voting Rights March. (As told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley ; illustrated by PJ Loughran). New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA LLC. 9780803741232

A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2015). Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement. (Illustrated by Ekua Holmes). Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press. On order

Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.


Woodson, Jacqueline. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. 811 W895br

"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South."

Hruby, Patricia. (2014). Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker. (Illustrated by Christian Robinson). San Francisco : Chronicle Books. 921 B1678po

A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

Roy, Katherine. (2014). Neighborhood sharks : hunting with the great whites of California's Farallon Islands. New York : David Macaulay Studio, Roaring Brook Press. 597.3 R888ne 

"An up close look at the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them--just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge."

Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2014). Separate is never equal : Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers.
379.2 T663s 

"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California."

Fleming, Candace. (2014). The family Romanov : murder, rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 947.08 F597f 

From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.


Bryant, Jen. (2013). A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin. (Illustrated by Melissa Sweet). New York : Alfred A. Knopf. 921 P6658br  

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

Floca, Brian. (2013). Locomotive. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 385.09 F628L

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

Cate, Annette LeBlanc. (2013). Look up! : bird-watching in your own backyard. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 598.072 C3572Lo  

A conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching featuring quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types.

Greenberg, Jan & Jordan, Sandra. (2013). The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius. New York : Roaring Brook Press. 921 O387gr

Illustrated with evocative historical photographs and over fifty color reproductions of his ceramics, The Mad Potter tells the extraordinary story of an eccentric American maverick who was determined to make his mark and who never stopped believing that even the unlikeliest dreams can come true.


Byrd, Robert. (2012). Electric Ben : The amazing life and times of Benjamin Franklin. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group. 921 F8322by

Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years.

Hoose, Phillip M. (2012). Moonbird : a year on the wind with the great survivor B95. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 598.07 H789m

Documents the survival tale of an intrepid shorebird who has endured annual migrations between Argentina and the Canadian Arctic throughout the course of a long lifetime while his species continues to decline.

Hopkinson, Deborah. (2012). Titanic : voices from the disaster. New York : Scholastic Press. 910.9163 H797t

Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.


Brimner, Larry Dane. (2011). Black & white : the confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor. Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek. 323.11 B857b

"In the nineteen fifties and early sixties, Birmingham, Alabama, became known as Bombingham. At the center of this violent time in the fight for civil rights, and standing at opposite ends, were Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull' Connor. From his pulpit, Shuttlesworth agitated for racial equality, while Commissioner Connor fought for the status quo. Relying on court documents, police and FBI reports, newspapers, interviews, and photographs, author Larry Dane Brimner first covers each man's life and then brings them together to show how their confrontation brought about significant change to the southern city"--Publisher

Say, Allen. (2011). Drawing from memory. New York : Scholastic Press. 741.6 S274d

"Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan’s premier cartoonist. "Drawing from memory" is Allen Say’s own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn’t understand his son’s artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan’s leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his "spiritual father." As WWII raged, Allen was further inspired to consider questions of his own heritage and the motivations of those around him. He worked hard in rigorous drawing classes, studied, trained--and ultimately came to understand who he really is. Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, "Drasing from memory" presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student. With watercolor paintings, original cartoons, vintage photographs, and maps, Allen Say has created a book that will inspire the artist in all of us"-- Provided by publisher.

O'Connell, Caitlin and Jackson, Donna M. (2011). The elephant scientist. (Photographs by Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwell). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 599.67 O18e

Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature's largest , most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.

Schanzer, Rosalyn. (2011). Witches! : the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society. 133.4 S299w

Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.


Greenberg, Jan, & Jordan, Sandra. (2010). Ballet for Martha : making Appalachian Spring. (Illustrated by Brian Floca). New York : Flash Point. 784.21 G798b

Tells the story behind the creation of "Appalachian Spring," describing Aaron Copland’s composition, Martha Graham’s intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi’s set design.

Freedman, Russell. (2010). Lafayette and the American Revolution. New York : Holiday House. 921 L161f

An account of Marquis de Lafayette, a young French nobleman, who helped bring victory at Yorktown and became a lifelong friend of George Washington.


Hoose, Phillip. M. (2009). Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice. New York : Melanie Kroupa Books. 921 C7275ho 

Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

Floca, Brian. (2009). Moonshot : the flight of Apollo 11. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 629.45 F628m

Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving earth and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.

Barton, Chris. (2009). The Day-Glo brothers : the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors. (Illustrated by Tony Persiani). Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 535 B923d

The story of Joe and Bob Switzer who experimented with ultraviolet lights and flourescent paints and invented a new kind of color called Day-Glo.


Deem, James M. (2008). Bodies from the ice : melting glaciers and the rediscovery of the past. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 599.9 D311b 

Recounts the discovery of the oldest human mummy in the 1990s by two mountain climbers on the Austrian border, in this exciting volume that reveals how glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice, are now offering up many secrets from the past.

Kerley, Barbara. (2008). What to do about Alice? : how Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy! (Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham). New York : Scholastic Press. 921 R7815k 

A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the oldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, who bucked convention, looked for adventure, and became a trusted political advisor to her father and then her husband.


Floca, Brian. (2007). Lightship. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 387.2 F628L

Lightships once served where lighthouses could not be built. They helped to guide sailors safely through the fog.

Bishop, Nic. (2007). Spiders. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 595.4 B622s 

Text and photographs introduce readers to different types of spiders and their behavior.


Bausum, Ann. (2006). Freedom Riders : John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the civil rights movement. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic. 323.09 B351f

Explores the Civil Rights movement and the young people who called themselves Freedom Riders.

Montgomery, Sy. (2006). Quest for the tree kangaroo : an expedition to the cloud forest of New Guinea. (Photographs by Nic Bishop). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 599.2 M788q

Follow a group of explorers and scientists as they travel to Papua New Guinea to find a type of kangaroo that lives in trees.

Siegel, Siena Cherson. (2006). To dance : a memoir. (Artwork by Mark Siegel). New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 792.8 S571t

The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2005). Hitler Youth : growing up in Hitler’s shadow. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 943.086 B292h

The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement. "I begin with the young. We older ones are used up. But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world."-Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg,1933. By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.


Rumford, James. (2004). Sequoyah : the Cherokee man who gave his people writing. (Translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 921 S4799r

While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree's namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokee people finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read.

Montgomery, Sy. (2004). The tarantula scientist. (Photographs by Nic Bishop). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 595.4 M788t

Describes the research that Samuel Marshall and his students are doing on tarantulas, including the largest spider on earth, the Goliath bird eating tarantula. Yellow blood, silk of steel, skeletons on the outside! These amazing attributes don't belong to comic book characters or alien life forms, but to Earth's biggest and hairiest spiders: tarantulas. Here you are invited to follow Sam Marshall, spider scientist extraordinaire (he's never been bitten), as he explores the dense rainforest of French Guiana, knocking on the doors of tarantula burrows, trying to get a closer look at these incredible creatures. You'll also visit the largest comparative spider laboratory in America--where close to five hundred live tarantulas sit in towers of stacked shoe boxes and plastic containers, waiting for their turn to dazzle and astound the scientists who study them.

Kerley, Barbara. (2004). Walt Whitman : words for America. (Illustrated by Brian Selznick). New York : Scholastic Press. 921 W6155k

A biography of the American poet whose compassion led him to nurse soldiers during the Civil War, to give voice to the nation's grief at Lincoln's assassination, and to capture the true American spirit in verse.


Cobb, Vicki. (2003). I face the wind. (Illustrated by Julia Gorton). New York : HarperCollins. 551.51 C653i

Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through simple hands-on activities.


Greenberg, Jan, & Jordan, Sandra. (2002). Action Jackson. (Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker). Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press. 921 P776g

Imagines Jackson Pollock at work during the creation of one of his paint-swirled and splattered canvasses.

Gantos, Jack. (2002). Hole in my life. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PS3557.A5197 Z468 2002

The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

Blumenthal, Karen. (2002). Six days in October : the stock market crash of 1929. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 332.64 B658s

A comprehensive review of the events, personalities, and mistakes behind the Stock Market Crash of 1929, featuring photographs, newspaper articles, and cartoons of the day.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. (2002). When Marian sang : the true recital of Marian Anderson. (Illustrated by Brian Selznick). New York : Scholastic Press. 921 A5485r

An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.


Warren, Andrea. (2001). Surviving Hitler : a boy in the Nazi death camps. New York : HarperCollinsPublishers. 921 M271w

Fifteen-year-old Jack is torn from his family and thrown into a concentration camp where he must play a life-and-death game in order to outlast the Nazis.

Curlee, Lynn. (2001). The Brooklyn Bridge. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 624.5 C975b

Describes the planning, construction, and history of the Brooklyn Bridge, celebrated as one of the greatest landmarks and grandest sights of New York City.

Greenberg, Jan & Jordan, Sandra. (2002, c2001). Vincent Van Gogh : portrait of an artist. New York : Dell Yearling. 921 G613g

Traces the life of 19-century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh , with excerpts from correspondence with his brother Theo and full-color reproductions from his work.


Murphy, Jim. (2000). Blizzard! the storm that changed America. New York : Scholastic Press. 974.7 M978b

Presents a history, based on personal accounts and newspaper articles, of the massive snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, focusing on the events in New York City.

Webb, Sophie. (2000). My season with penguins : an Antarctic journal. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 598.47 W368m

Describes the author's two-month stay in Antarctica to study and draw penguins. Webb gives readers a vivid, frank, firsthand account of what it is like to spend a season in a land not yet affected by people yet populated for centuries by true dwellers of the Antarctic: the fearless, round-bellied, pink-footed, gliding, diving, utterly adept Adelie penguins.

Winick, Judd. (2000). Pedro and me : friendship, loss, and what I learned. New York : Henry Holt. 921 Z25w

In graphic art format, describes the friendship between two roommates on the MTV show "Real World," one of whom died of AIDS.

Dash, Joan. (2000). The longitude prize. (Pictures by Dušan Petricic). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 681.1 D229L

The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.



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