The Robert F. Sibert Award
The Robert F. Sibert Award recognizes the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year. Information books are those written and illustrated to present factual material for children. Poetry and traditional literature are not eligible. This honor is awarded annually and announced at the ALA awards press conference. The first Robert F. Sibert Award was presented at Mid-Winter ALA 2001. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/sibertmedal/index.cfm.
Who was Robert F. Sibert?
Robert F. Sibert was a longtime President of Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. in Jacksonville Illinois. He established standards for book binding through the American Library Association. Mr. Sibert was a strong supporter of the library profession and library education.
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.
BTSB Books / ALSC Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Emily Zorea, Lisa Gonzalez, Chelsea Tarwater, and Stephanie Luyt, the four winners of the Bound To Stay Bound Books / ALSC Scholarships for 2018.
What are our past winners doing now?
Corinne Hatcher is an elementary school librarian in Evanston, Illinois.
Alice Hinterman is the school library media specialist at Cornerstone Elementary School in Dexter, Michigan, in the school library she was able to design and select a collection for when the school opened in 1995.
Melissa Kerrigan is the Children’s Librarian at the Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library, Illinois.
Michelle Glatt is a junior high school librarian in Normal, Illinois.
Helen Moore is Head of Youth Services at Richmond Public Library, British Columbia.
Megan McDonald has become a well-known children’s book author.
Susan Veltfort has retired from her position as Children’s Material Coordinator for the King County Library System, Washington.
Shannon Van Hemert is head of the Children’s Department at Columbine Public Library in Colorado.
Kathleen McDowell is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois and is also on the board of trustees at Urbana Free Library.
Jessica Ammons is a School Library Media Coordinator at Olds Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Megan Bannen is a Youth Services Librarian at Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas.
Evan Michael Bush is Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Piedmont Regional Library System in Jefferson, Georgia.
Omar Ramirez is a Youth Services Assistant at Elmwood Park Library in Elmwood Park, Illinois.
Kristin Edstrom is Children’s Librarian at the University branch of the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington.
Tamara Boggus is a Media Specialist at Harmony Elementary School in Jasper, Georgia.
Jeanette M. Hammons is a Library Director at Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System in Elko, Nevada.
Caitlin Augusta is a Youth Services Librarian at Stratford Library in Stratford, Connecticut.
Callen Taylor is a Teacher Librarian at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, California.
Melissa Depper is a supervisor for early literacy specialists at Arapahoe Library District in Englewood, Colorado.
Janice Wall is a Library Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries in Boise, Idaho.
Jessica Breslin is Branch Manager at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, Ohio.
Casey Fox is Library Fund Development Officer at Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Esther Mortensen is Teen Librarian at Ashland Branch Library in Ashland, Oregon.
N. Colleen Graves is Library Media Specialist at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas.
Are you on this list? Let us know what you are doing.
For information on the BTSB Books / ALSC Scholarships, contact the Association for Library Services to Children, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
|2018||Emily Zorea||Richland Center, Wisconsin|
|2018||Lisa Gonzalez||Santa Barbara, California|
|2018||Chelsea Tarwater||Sevierville, Tennessee|
|2018||Stephanie Luyt||Traverse City, Michigan|
|2017||Melissa Sue Wise||Austin, Texas|
|2017||Vincent Thomas Hyland||Brooklyn, New York|
|2017||Megan Ashley Hoak||The Dalles, Oregon|
|2017||Keshia Latrice-Carol Nash-Johnson||Santa Monica, California|
|2016||Luz Maria Flores||Silver Spring, Maryland|
|2016||Marissa Guidara||Reading, Pennsylvania|
|2016||Heather Renee Harden||Greenville, North Carolina|
|2016||Amanda Nicole Neace||Crittenden, Kentucky|
|2015||Blanca Rosales Ginsberg||La Mesa, California|
|2015||Jennifer Matsu||Provo, Utah|
|2015||Lauren Gray||Monticello, Illinois|
|2015||Marta Denise Brandes-Meisner||La Mesa, California.|
|2014||Sylvia Aguinaga||Los Angeles, CA|
|2014||Omar Ramirez||Chicago, IL|
|2014||Callen Nicole Taylor||San Francisco, CA|
|2014||Elissa Sperling||Dover, MA|
|2013||Ashley Dean||Poquoson, VA|
|2013||Marianne Dolce||Beltona, FL|
|2013||Rebecca Lynn Dunn||Lawrence, KS|
|2013||Casey Marie Fox||Knoxville, TN|
|2012||Michelle Ahern||Bethpage, NY|
|2012||Rebecca Baker||Frankfort, KY|
|2012||Micaela Sanchez||Greeley, CO|
|2012||Lisa Jordan||Longmont, CO|
|2011||Nancy Graves||Denton, TX|
|2011||Danielle Gregori||Elmont, NY|
|2011||Rachel Ortiz||Washington D.C.|
|2011||Robyn Woods||Saint Cloud, FL|
|2010||Leah Biado||Portland, OR|
|2010||Marsha Burrola||Tucsan, AZ|
|2010||Alejandro Picazo||Chula Vista, CA|
|2010||Susan Dominguez||Albuquerque, NM|
|2009||Jessica Ammons||Nicholasville, KY|
|2009||Megan Bannen||Overland Park, KS|
|2009||Kristin Edstrom||Seattle, WA|
|2009||Jennifer Raymond||Kennebunkport, ME|
|2008||Evan Bush||Athens, GA|
|2008||Emily Hersh||Austin, TX|
|2008||Christina Larrechea||Visalia, CA|
|2008||Wendy Lee||Downey, CA|
|2007||Jessica Kerlin||Lakewood, OH|
|2007||Laura Knouff||Pittsburgh, PA|
|2007||Esther Mortensen||Ashland, OR|
|2007||Jeanna Rex||Jamaica Plain, MA|
|2006||Kate Elizabeth McGowen||Portland, ME|
|2006||Karen Lynette Nickell||Odessa, TX|
|2006||Kristy Lynn Pac||Chicago, IL|
|2006||Cynthia Sue Young||Stroudsburg, PA|
|2005||Melissa Brumsted||Jackson, WY|
|2005||Donna Colson||Southwick, MA|
|2005||Latonya Pegues||Dallas, TX|
|2005||Danielle Winn||Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON|
|2004||Anita Coley||Brooklyn, NY|
|2004||Corinne Hatcher||Ann Arbor, MI|
|2004||Jeanette Moore||Elko, NV|
|2004||Virginia Rassaei||El Paso, TX|
|2003||Libby Jean Fry||Marietta, PA|
|2003||Alison Scudder Kelly||Los Angeles, CA|
|2003||Tessa Elizabeth Michaelson||Madison, WI|
|2003||Diana Ricciardone||Southington, CT|
|2002||Sarah Jane Dutelle||Hoffman Estates, IL|
|2002||Jill Suzanne Heritage||Boulder, CO|
|2002||Melissa Ruth Kerrigan||Chicago, IL|
|2002||Cami Kitzel||Naples, NY|
|2001||Rebecca Ruth Borup||S. Jordan, UT|
|2001||Jennifer Ann Reichert||Seattle, WA|
|2001||Gwendolyn Yarbrough Smith||Arab, AL|
|2000||Christina Anderson||Bristol, TN|
|2000||Portia Johnson||Chicago, IL|
|2000||Karen McCalla||Rutland, VT|
|1999||Barbara Vanderhorst||Agana, Guam|
|1999||Caitlin Augusta||Shelton, CT|
|1998||Pamela Gray||Fairbanks, AK|
|1998||Helen M. Moore||Vancouver, BC|
|1997||Kathleen McDowell||Champaign, IL|
|1997||David R. Black||Salt Lake City, UT|
|1996||Kay Ellen Every||Seattle, WA|
|1996||Debra Ann Snyder||Walla Walla, WA|
|1995||Sarah Willis||Idaho Falls, ID|
|1995||Wendi Birkhead||Denton, TX|
|1994||Roberta Lee Pierce||Lindley, NY|
|1994||Martin Juan Rivera||Tucson, AZ|
|1993||Melissa Depper||Denver, CO|
|1993||Janice Wall||Garfield, WA|
|1992||Shannon VanHemert||Pittsburgh, PA|
|1992||Michelle Glatt||Downers Grove, IL|
|1991||Anna Watkins||Knoxville, TN|
|1991||Chance Hunt||Los Angeles, CA|
|1990||Karen Guma||San Francisco, CA|
|1990||Sara Gilbert||Brooklyn, NY|
|1989||Alice Hinterman||Ann Arbor, MI|
|1989||Tamara Boggus||Palm Bay, FL|
|1988||Susan Veltfort||Santa Fe, NM|
|1988||Birgit Mary Nicolaisen||Binghamton, NY|
|1987||Ruth Ann Currie||Nepean, Ont.|
|1987||Barbara Mendoza||Los Angeles, CA|
|1986||Sadako Kashiwagi||San Francisco, CA|
|1985||Megan McDonald||Pittsburgh, PA|