Monday, May 10, 2010

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Purpose - The Robert Sibert Award is an annual award that goes to the most notable children's informational book published in the previous year. Honor Awards are also given.

History -This award was first awarded in 2001. Mr. Sibert (1915-1998) was a bookbinder and philanthropist. He became the president of Bound to Stay Bound Books in Jacksonville, Illinois. One of his great ideas was to have his employees at the bookbinding company wear roller skates to get around more quickly. Sibert's son, Robert L. Sibert, wanted to create an award for informational books and thought the Benjamin Franklin Award would be a good name but that was already taken. So he suggested the Thomas Jefferson Award but again, that name was already in use. He turned the idea over to the ALSC committee and they came up with his father's name, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award because Robert F. was instrumental in sponsoring scholarships to those looking to go into library sciences. He also was known for creating standards in bookbinding.

Facts -
*Administered by the ALSC. Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books.
*Folk tales and poetry are not considered for this award.
*Winner must be a United States citizen or resident and the book must be published in the U.S.

Recent winner - Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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