I am challenging myself to read all of the Sibert Medal winners and to share my thoughts on these books with you. Have you been meaning to read more nonfiction? Join me! We will start with the 2021 winner — Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellafera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann — and work our 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. Thus far, 21 books have been given the top honor. Here are the 10 most recent award recipients.
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, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (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 (2015)
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)