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Robert F. Sibert Award

Presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time president of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc.

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      All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

      by Lori Alexander

      Oct 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2020 Honoree
      Microbes are everywhere: in the soil and oceans, in snow, and inside our bodies. But in Antony van Leeuwenhoek’s time, people believed that what they saw with their own eyes was all that existed in the world. How did a simple tradesman—who didn’t go to college or speak English or Latin like all the other scientists—change everyone’s minds?
      Proving that remarkable discoveries can come from the most unexpected people and places, this eye-opening chapter book, illustrated with lively full-color art, celebrates the power of curiosity, ingenuity, and persistence.

      Author’s note. Time line of events. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Full-color illustrations were created using pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

      This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

      by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

      Apr 2019

      Advanced Readers Plus

      2020 Honoree
      In 1956, one year before the Little Rock Nine, Jo Ann Allen and eleven black classmates integrated a public high school in Clinton, Tennessee. Fourteen-year-old Jo Ann was thrust into the national spotlight as a spokesperson for the cause.
      Introduction. Epilogue with further information on the Clinton 12. Author’s note. Note on poetic forms. “Scrapbook” of black-and-white photographs. Time line. Quotation sources. Selected bibliography. Further reading.

      Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

      by Gail Jarrow

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      2019 Honor
      On October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans heard H. G. Wells's infamous War of the Worlds broadcast and at first panicked, thinking that aliens had invaded Earth. The angry public’s reaction sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda, and the role of radio.

      When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

      by Michael Mahin

      Nov 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      2019 Honor
      Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violín. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing—a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.
      Carlos tried el clarinete and el violín, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he’d grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?
      Author’s note. Bibliography. Further listening. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic and enamel markers on canvas.

      Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

      by Patricia Newman

      Jun 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      2018 Honor
      Marine biologist Brent Hughes didn't think sea otters and sea grass had much in common, but his research revealed a new and surprising connection between the two. Science activity. Suggestions for protecting the environment. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggested resources. Index. Full-color map, diagrams, graphs, and photographs.

      The Elephant Scientist

      by Donna Jackson

      Science Nonfiction Elementary

      2012 Honor Book
      $18.99 Special Order
      Caitlin O’Connell recognized the behavior from studying insects. Was it possible that elephants “were talking—and listening—to one another with their feet?” Information about adopting an elephant. Further reading and information. Glossary. Selected source notes. Index. Map. Full-color photographs.
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