Robert F. Sibert Informational
Book Award 2002


2002 Medal Winner:

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti YA 941.5 BAR
Using first-hand accounts, illustrations and documents from archival sources, Bartoletti recreates the milieu of a century and a half ago, and links the lives or ordinary people to larger social, cultural and political issues.

"A model of engaging scholarship and accessible social history, Bartoletti's beautifully designed book makes clear the long-lasting impact of this event and the economic and political issues that lead to famine today," said Sibert Award Committee Chair Nina Lindsay.

2002 Honor Books:

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren 921 MANDELBAUM, J. War
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps is the powerful story of Jack Mandelbaum, who as a teenager was torn from a life of warmth and family love, to spend three horrific years in a concentration camp. Vintage photographs, effective design and engrossing narrative introduce the reader to a man who still refuses to be consumed by hate, choosing instead to live a life of tolerance and forgiveness. Warren creates a testimony of determination and courage using information gained from her interviews with Mr. Mandelbaum. She supports her historical portrait with a variety of sources connecting readers to this period.

Vincent van Gogh by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan YA 921 VAN GOGH, V., Gre
Greenberg and Jordan detail van Gogh's life in a compelling and engaging narrative that deftly incorporates quotes from his letters, and vividly portrays the circumstances that so influenced the painter's work and tormented life. The authors adeptly use first-hand material and paintings in their thoughtful interpretation of this passionate genius.

Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee  j 624 CUR 
Elegant paintings, fascinating diagrams and compelling prose convey the tortuous creation of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge. Explaining both the drama and the engineering, Brooklyn Bridge captivates readers of all ages by documenting the technical challenge and human perseverance that resulted in a practical structure that serves as a metaphoric victory for civilization.