Robert F. Sibert Informational
Book Award 2005

2005 Medal Winner

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman  j 921 AND

Freedman gracefully narrates the story of Anderson's life and career. Appropriately, it is her remarkable voice that the author emphasizes in this handsomely and spaciously designed book about an artist who preferred to focus on her career, but was forced to confront her nation's racism.

"With profound respect for his subject and his reader's intelligence, Freedman has elegantly constructed a compelling narrative enhanced by exemplary documentation and powerful, well-chosen photographs. This book exemplifies the highest standards of informational books for children," said Committee Chair Kathleen Isaacs.


Walt Whitman: Words for America written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick  j 921 WHI
Kerley's lyrical prose portrait of Whitman captures the remarkable humanity and compassion of this quintessentially American poet, while Selznick's evocative art, inspired by period photographs, breathes visual life into this moving tribute. This memorable account of Whitman's experiences before and during the Civil War is brilliantly supported by the poet's own words, as well as contemporary and later sources.

The Tarantula Scientist written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop 
Montgomery's vigorous and sometimes humorous text, enlivened by Bishop's striking color close-up photography, introduces field scientist Sam Marshall and his hairy subjects. This team effort is an irresistible invitation to real scientific work.



Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing written by James Rumford, translated into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby
With spare, poetic writing and richly colored, expressive illustrations, Rumford captures the character of Sequoyah, the man who created a writing system for the Cherokee language. A parallel translation in Cherokee demonstrates the lasting influence of this creative genius.