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Robert F. Sibert Medal Awards for Informational Picture Books

The Robert F. Sibert Medal is awarded yearly to an outstanding nonfiction picture book. There are frequently several honor books named as well, and this year was no exception. If you are looking for something both beautiful and informative, try this list of award-winning titles.

2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:


Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Locomotive by Brian Floca

The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan





Past Winners and Honor Books: 


Titanic: voices from the disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

The elephant scientist by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson ; photographs by Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwell

Kakapo rescue: saving the world's strangest parrot by text by Sy Montgomery ; photographs by Nic Bishop

Ballet for Martha: making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Brian Floca

Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone ; [foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp]

The Day-Glo brothers by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Tony Persiani

We are the ship: the story of Negro League baseball by words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron

Lightship by Brian Floca

Spiders by Nic Bishop

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the civil rights movement by Ann Bausum ; forewords by Freedom Riders Congressman John Lewis and Jim Zwerg

Quest for the tree kangaroo: an expedition to the cloud forest of New Guinea by text by Sy Montgomery ; photographs by Nic Bishop

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

Hitler Youth: growing up in Hitler's shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Walt Whitman: words for America by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Brian Selznick

The tarantula scientist by text by Sy Montgomery ; photographs by Nic Bishop

I face the wind by Vicki Cobb ; illustrated by Julia Gorton

The life and death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin

Hole in my life by Jack Gantos

Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson, the voice of a century by [written by] Pam Munoz Ryan ; [illustrated by] Brian Selznick







The Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee