Want to Read More Nonfiction? Join the Sibert Challenge!

I am challenging myself to read all 21 Sibert Medal winners and to share my thoughts on these books with you. Have you been meaning to read more nonfiction? Join me! I began with the 2021 winner — Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellafera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann — and will work my way backwards.

Each year, the Sibert Medal is awarded to the “most distinguished” nonfiction picture book published in the United States. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) established the Sibert Medal in 2001.

Sibert Medal Winners

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann (2021)

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal (2020)

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman (2019)

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner (2018)

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin (2017)

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (2016)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (2014)

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (2014)

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (2013)

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (2012)

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (2011)

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone (2010)

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (2009)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (2008)

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh (2007)

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker (2006)

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (2005)

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (2004)

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin (2003)

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (2002)

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson (2001)

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