The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. This years winner is:
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Peter Mark Roget, whose boyhood passion for list-making and finding the right word for every situation, led him to create his “treasure house” of a book, the thesaurus. Bryant’s engaging, accessible narrative and Sweet’s delightfully detailed mixed media illustrations meld together to create “a marvel, a wonder, a surprise,” of a book.
2015 Honor Books
Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson’s eloquent and haunting memoir focuses on her family and her dream of becoming a writer.
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia, written by Candace Fleming
Fleming brilliantly delineates the tragic fall of the Russian royal family, contrasting their opulent lives with the primary source voices from the Rebellion.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker is a dynamic dance of beautifully written verse and lively illustrations describing the life of the effervescent entertainer.
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands, written and illustrated by Katherine Roy
With vivid paintings and clear, accessible text, Roy creates a heart-stopping look at what great white sharks do best—hunt for their next meal.
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Tonatiuh draws upon traditional Mixtec codex art to tell the story of 11-year-old Sylvia Mendes, who helped end school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board of Education.