Children's Literature (all forms)

Great informational books for kids

Read any good new informational books for kids lately? The 2016 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Committee is delving into this year’s eligible titles and we’d like to know what titles the ALSC membership would recommend for consideration. The Sibert Award is presented annually to the author, author/illustrator, co-authors, or author and illustrator of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year. Honor Books may also be named.

Informational books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable factual material for children from birth through age fourteen. (Traditional literature and general poetry are not eligible, although poetry whose primary intent is to present factual information is.) Authors and illustrators must be U.S. citizens. For complete terms and criteria, please refer to the ALSC Robert F. Sibert Award web site.

The award will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Boston, MA, January 8-12, 2016. The award will be presented at the ALSC Award Presentation and Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL in June, 2016.

The 2016 Sibert Committee invites all ALSC personal members to submit titles for consideration. Please remember that only books from the 2015 publishing year are eligible for the current award. Publishers, authors, illustrators, or editors may not nominate their own titles.

Send all suggestions to Elizabeth Overmyer, Chair, 2016 Sibert Committee to


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