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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The best nonfiction books of the year for children and teens, from ALA.
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  Cover Art: Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado Aronson, Marc
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. [2001 Winner]
222 p. 2000
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 R135
  Cover Art: Black Potatoes : the Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850 Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Black Potatoes : the Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850
The award-winning author pens a fascinating account of the potato blight that struck in Ireland, telling the story of the men, women, and children who made every attempt to survive and hang on to hope. [2002 Winner]
184 p. 2001
Children's Nonfiction Book 941.5081 B
  Cover Art: Hitler Youth : Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Hitler Youth : Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement. [2006 Honor]
176 p. 2005
Children's Nonfiction Book 943.086 B
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Freedom Riders : John Lewis and Jim Zwerg On the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement Bausum, Ann
Freedom Riders : John Lewis and Jim Zwerg On the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
"Freedom Riders" compares and contrasts growing up in black America and in white America. Common interest in justice enables two young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south and to continue even after violence in Anniston, Alabama, had left the original bus in flames with the riders injured and in retreat. [2007 Honor]
79 p. 2006
Children's Nonfiction Book 323.0975 B
  Cover Art: Six Days in October : the Stock Market Crash of 1929 Blumenthal, Karen
Six Days in October : the Stock Market Crash of 1929
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. [2003 Honor]
156 p. 2002
Children's Nonfiction Book 338.54097 B
  Cover Art: Black & White : the Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene Brimner, Larry Dane.
Black & White : the Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor
Reverend Fred. L. Shuttlesworth led the civil rights struggle for equality in Birmingham, Alabama. Eugene Bull Connor, backed by the Ku Klux Klan, organized the southern segregationists to rally against Shuttlesworth. This book focuses on Shuttlesworth, Connor, and finally, on their confrontation.
112 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Longitude Prize Dash, Joan
The Longitude Prize
Presents the story of John Harrison, an 18th century English inventor who spent forty years developing a device to measure longitude. [2001 Honor]
200 p. 2000
Children's Nonfiction Book 527.209 D
  Cover Art: The Voice That Challenged a Nation : Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights Freedman, Russell
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. [2005 Winner]
114 p. 2004
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 An23
  Cover Art: Hole in My Life Gantos, Jack
Hole in My Life
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. [2003 Honor]
199 p. 2002
Teen Nonfiction Book 921 G156
Other formats available
  Cover Art: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler Giblin, James
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
An important biography of the man some refer to as the most influential person of the 20th century. Illustrated with over 80 black-and-white archival photos. [2003 Winner]
246 p. 2002
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 H63
  Cover Art: Action Jackson Greenberg, Jan
Action Jackson
Imagines Jackson Pollock at work during the creation of one of his paint-swirled and splattered canvasses. [2003 Honor]
32 p. 2002
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 P757
  Cover Art: Vincent Van Gogh : Portrait of an Artist Greenberg, Jan
Vincent Van Gogh : Portrait of an Artist
A biography of the tormented man who was one of the 19th century's greatest artists. [2002 Honor]
132 p. 2001
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 V295
  Cover Art: Moonbird : a Year On the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 Hoose, Phillip M.
Moonbird : a Year On the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
In the course of his lifetime, B95 has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back! However, recent changes along his migratory circuit - changes caused mostly by human activity - have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall? [2013 honor]
148 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Titanic : Voices from the Disaster Hopkinson, Deborah.
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster
Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.[2013 honor]
289 p. 2012
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Walt Whitman : Words for America Kerley, Barbara
Walt Whitman : Words for America
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. [2005 Honor]
(unpaged) 2004
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 W59
  Cover Art: Quest for the Tree Kangaroo : an Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea Montgomery, Sy
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo : an Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Follow a group of explorers and scientists as they travel to Papua New Guinea to find a type of kangaroo that lives in trees. [2007 Honor]
79 p. 2006
Children's Nonfiction Book 599.22 M
  Cover Art: The Tarantula Scientist Montgomery, Sy
The Tarantula Scientist
Describes the research that Samuel Marshall and his students are doing on tarantulas, including the largest spider on earth, the Goliath birdeating tarantula. [2005 Honor]
80 p. 2004
Children's Nonfiction Book 595.44 M
  Cover Art: Blizzard : the Storm That Changed America Murphy, Jim
Blizzard : the Storm That Changed America
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. [2001 Honor]
136 p. 2000
Children's Nonfiction Book 974.71041 M
  Cover Art: An American Plague : the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Murphy, Jim
An American Plague : the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
[2004 Winner]
165 p. 2003
Children's Nonfiction Book 614.54109 M
Other formats available
  Cover Art: The Elephant Scientist O'Connell, Caitlin
The Elephant Scientist
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.
70 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
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