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Winner for 2002

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, was named the winner of the 2002 Robert F. Sibert Award for most distinguished informational book for children published in 2001 | Hardcover | About the Awards

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2001 Inaugural Robert F Sibert Award

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado Marc Aronson...more

2001 Inaugural Robert F Sibert Honor Books

The Longitude Prize  Joan Dash

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America  Jim Murphy

My Season with Penguins: an Antarctic Journal   Sophie Webb

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned   Judd Winick

Marc Aronson, author of Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, was named the first winner of the Robert F. Sibert Award for most distinguished informational book for children. Published by Clarion Books, the winning book portrays the adventurous life of Sir Walter Ralegh and his quest to find the legendary city of El Dorado and the fate of the famous Lost Colony he sponsored in the New World.

"Aronson's exemplary scholarship is evident everywhere in the text and accompanying matter, including the archival reproductions and thorough documentation that together explain and extend the narrative," said award committee chair Susan Faust. "Combined with beautiful bookmaking and eloquent storytelling, this book sets a clear standard of excellence in its presentation of a person in his time."

Four Sibert Honor Books also were named: The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash, illustrations by Dusan Petricic, published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy, published by Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic, Inc.; My Season with Penguins: an Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb, published by Houghton Mifflin Company; and Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned written and illustrated by Judd Winick, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

The new annual award is sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., of Jacksonville, Ill., in honor of its longtime president, Robert F. Sibert. It is administered by ALSC. Informational books are those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret verifiable, factual material for children.

Reprinted from the ALA website Copyright 2000, American Library Association.

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