All this chatter about the various ALA challenges going on in 2012 made me long for a few more nonfiction books on my to-read list. And although the Sibert Informational Medal hasn’t been around for that long, I realized I’ve read woefully few of the winners and honor recipients.
So I present to you this year’s Sibert Challenge, which you can find on Twitter as #nerdibert.
I’m not quite sure how to facilitate something like this, so I suppose I should ask you to please post any links to your versions of the challenge in the comments section. Here’s the complete list of award recipients, taken from the ALA site. For now, I’ll say that I’ll attempt to read them chronologically. If I’ve read a book, I’ve linked it to my Goodreads review.
- Winner: Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado. Written by Marc Aronson.
- Honor: Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America. Written by Jim Murphy.
- Honor: The Longitude Prize. Written by Joan Dash. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic.
- Honor: My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal. Written by Sophie Webb.
- Honor: Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned. Written by Judd Winick.
- Winner: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850. Written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
- Honor: Brooklyn Bridge. Written by Lynn Curlee.
- Honor: Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. Written by Andrea Warren.
- Honor: Vincent van Gogh. Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
- Winner: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Written by James Cross Giblin.
- Honor: Action Jackson. Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker.
- Honor: Hole in My Life. Written by Jack Gantos.
- Honor: Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Written by Karen Blumenthal.
- Honor: When Marian Sang. Written by Pam Munoz Ryan. Illustrated by Brian Selznick.
- Winner: An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Written by Jim Murphy.
- Honor: I Face the Wind. Written by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton.
- Winner: The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. Written by Russell Freedman.
- Honor: Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing. Written by James Rumford, translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller.
- Honor: The Tarantula Scientist. Written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop.
- Honor: Walt Whitman: Words for America. Written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick.
- Winner: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley. Written by Sally M. Walker.
- Honor: Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow. Written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
- Winner: Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon. Written by Catherine Thimmesh.
- Honor: Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Written by Ann Bausum.
- Honor: Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea. Written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop.
- Honor: To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel. Written by Siena Cherson Siegel, artwork by Mark Siegel.
- Winner: The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain. Written by Peter Sís.
- Honor: Lightship. Written and illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Honor: Nic Bishop Spiders. Written and photographed by Nic Bishop.
- Winner: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
- Honor: Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. Written by James M. Deem.
- Honor: What to Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! Written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.
- Winner: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Written by Tanya Lee Stone.
- Honor: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Written by Phillip Hoose.
- Honor: The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors. Written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani.
- Honor: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. Written and illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Winner: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. Written by Sy Montgomery.
- Honor: Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring. Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca.
- Honor: Lafayette and the American Revolution. Written by Russell Freedman.
- Recipients to be announced January 23, 2012!