Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
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.


Tonatiuh, Duncan. (2015). Funny bones : Posada and his Day of the Dead calaveras. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 769.92 T663fu

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras--skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.


Bryant, Jennifer. (2014).  The right word : Roget and his thesaurus. (Illustrated by Melissa Sweet). Grand Rapids, Michigan : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 920 R534ra

 The story of "shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time"


Roth, Susan L. & Trumbore, Cindy. (2013). Parrots over Puerto Rico. (Illustrated by Susan L. Roth). New York : Lee & Low Books Inc. 598.71 R845p

"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"--Provided by publisher.


Sheinkin, Steve. (2012). Bomb : The race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon. New York : Roaring Brook Press. 623.4 S543b

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.


Sweet, Melissa. (2011). Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade. Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 921 S2451sw

Tony Sarg loved figuring out how to make things move. At age 6, he created a chicken feeder he could run from his bed so he didn’t have to get up at 6:30. When he grew up, he started making puppets that were so lifelike people were amazed! Tony moved to New York City where Macy’s department store asked him to design a "puppet parade" for the holiday windows. All day long people stared at the mechanical marionettes. Then Macy’s had a bigger job: could Tony design a parade based on the carnivals from all around the world? Tony could and the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wound from Harlem to Herald Square in 1924. Next live animals in the parade were replaced by marionettes made of helium-filled balloons, which got bigger so they rose above the crowd and everyone could see Tony’s "puppets."


Montgomery, Sy. (2010). Kakapo rescue : saving the world's strangest parrot. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 639.6 M788k 

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.


Stone, Tanya Lee. (2009). Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 629.45 S881a 

The tale of thirteen women who became astronauts and were true pioneers of the space age.


Nelson, Kadir. (2008). We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. 796.357 N248w

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.


Sís, Peter. (2007). The wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 921 S622s

Peter Sís grew up in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. He relates in pictures and exerpts from his diaries, his memories, his interests, and his frustrations at not having the freedom to live his life outside the rules of the political party-line.


Thimmesh, Catherine. (2006). Team Moon : how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 629.45 T443t 

The story of Apollo 11 is a story that belongs to the astronauts, but also to many other people. Seamstresses, engineers, camera designers, photo developers, Softward experts, flight directors and many other people made the project happen successfully.


Walker, Sally M. (2005). Secrets of a Civil War submarine : solving the mysteries of the H.L. Hunley. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books. 973.7 W184s

The Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley, lay hidden under layers of mud on the ocean floor for over 100 years. Once found it was carefully raised and its contents examined to reveal its history, engineering, and fate.


Freedman, Russell. (2004). The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights. New York : Clarion Books. 921 A548f

Already acclaimed in the United States and abroad, in 1939, Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall solely because of her race. Her response catapulted her into the center of the civil rights movement of her time and hastened the end of segregation and racial barriers in the arts.


Murphy, Jim. (2003). An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. New York : Clarion Books. 614.5 M978a

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. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation’s birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.


Giblin, James. (2002). The life and death of Adolf Hitler. New York : Clarion Books. 921 H6755g

Explores the life of the dangerous and destructive dictator Adolf Hitler whose aggressive foreign policies set off World War II and caused the deaths of over 6 million Jews. He committed heinous crimes against humanity worldwide.


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2001). Black potatoes : the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 941.5 B292b

The story of the Great Irish Famine, through the eyes and memories of the Irish people. Tells how they lived, why their lives depended on the potato, how they dreaded the workhouse, and how they feared and defied the landlord who collected the rent and evicted them.


Aronson, Marc. (2000). Sir Walter Ralegh and the quest for El Dorado. New York : Clarion Books. 921 R1633a

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


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