Robert F. Sibert
Informational Book Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, 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.

The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of
Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

ALSC administers the award.
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What Is the
Robert F. Sibert
Book Award?

This award recognizes the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year. Informational books are those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret verifiable, factual material for children. There are no limitations as to the character of the book, although poetry and traditional literature are not eligible. The award will be selected annually by a committee that can also name honor books. The winner will be announced at the ALA Awards press conference during the midwinter meeting and honored at the ALA Annual Conference.

Who Was
Robert F. Sibert?

Robert F. Sibert was the longtime President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. in Jacksonville Illinois. He distinguished himself within the American Library Association through his early work in establishing standards for book binding. His support of the library profession, and library education in particular, remains evident through the BTSB Scholarship. The Annual Scholarship, sponsored by BTSB and established in 1984, provides financial assistance in the form of annual awards for the education of individuals who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children.

"My father lived, breathed and dreamed children's books. I can't think of a tribute he would have been prouder of than to have his name forever associated with the great authors who I know will win this award," said Robert L. Sibert.

Why Informational Books?

"Informational books are absolutely essential for school and public libraries as they help young people explore the world around them. It is only fitting that there be an award that encourages excellence in these types of books." – Robert L. Sibert.

2019 Medal Winner & Honor Books

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2019 Medal Winner

girl who drew butterflies maria merians art changed science joyce sidman robert f sibert informational book award winner 2019

Explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis.

Honor Book

camp panda thimmesh 2019 sibert honor book

The story of reintroducing pandas to the wild in China.

Honor Book

spooked gail jarrow robert f sibert informational honor book 2019

Explores the famous war of the worlds radio broadcast from 1938.

Honor Book

the unwanted stories of the syrian refugees don brown yasla award winner nonfiction young adult

An eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.

Honor Book

we are grateful traci sorell robert f sibert information honor book

Modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Honor Book

when angels sing michael makin pura belpre illustrator award honor book

A picture book biography of the celebrated rock musician Carlos Santana.