Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction
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Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction
A list of Sibert award winning books, along with fun facts about the subjects of those books!
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Welcome to the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal home page! | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Welcome to the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal home page! | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
A list of current winners of the ALSC Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.
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This is the official page for the Siebert Award, an award given to exemplary nonfiction books for kids. This is a great place to start if you're looking for a cool nonfiction book but don't know where to look.

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Katelyn Nelson's comment, April 25, 2013 6:02 PM
I think this is a great list of resources! I think the breadth of information and resources you have on here is great - I wouldn't get rid of a single thing! - and your annotations are very helpful for visitors looking to zero in on what they are looking for.
Courtney Davis's comment, April 26, 2013 8:50 PM
Thanks! I thought it would be helpful to have a wide variety of nonfiction highlighted here - it can be so much harder to find a large number of nonfiction books than to find a single book that is really well done.
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NSTA Recommends :: Scientists in the Field: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

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This review of the Sibert Award winner from 2011, "Kakapo Rescue", is from the National Science Teacher's Association. If you're looking for great science-related recommendations, this is a great place to start! 

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Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 3:50 PM
I was initially drawn to this post because I think kids love nonfiction about animals, especially these types of real life memoirs. I really like the Behind the Scenes piece of this website where you can play and download podcasts of interviews with the authors!
QMP's comment, April 28, 2013 9:48 PM
Strange? THIS BIRD IS ADORABLE.
Ellen D'Ambruoso's comment, April 30, 2013 4:06 PM
love this- I'm always looking for fun science books!
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ELECTRIC BEN - Kirkus Reviews

ELECTRIC BEN - Kirkus Reviews | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers.
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Here's a review of "Electric Ben" from Kirkus Reviews. "Electric Ben" was a Sibert Honor winner in 2013. 

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 9:40 PM
This book looks excellent! having grown up near Philadelphia, Th Ben Franklin Museum and house, and the Franklin Institute, the cover art brings me a sense of nostalgia. It also brings to mind the role he posthumously was attributed in the movie "National Treasure," although the action-packed film was a little light on actual facts. It might have inspired a little more interest in history, though. Inventor, diplomat...Ben was truly a man of many hats!
Courtney Davis's comment, April 26, 2013 8:47 PM
I'm so glad! I know I got more interested in Ben Franklin after reading the first of the "39 Clues" books for class - I'm hoping that fiction like that will inspire kids to read nonfiction like this!
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Salem Public Library Catalog - Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon / Steve Sheinkin.

Salem Public Library Catalog - Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon / Steve Sheinkin. | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
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This link will bring you to the Salem Public Library's catalog - check and see if "Bomb" is available for check out today! "Bomb" was the 2013 Sibert Award winner.

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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson | Scholastic.com

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson | Scholastic.com | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
A critically acclaimed nonfiction author pieces together the story of the Titanic and that fateful April night in 1912, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.
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This review of "Titanic: Voices from the Disaster" by Deborah Hopkinson (a 2013 Sibert Honor book) comes from Scholastic's website. Although this is geared towards teachers, anyone looking for quality nonfiction to read for learning - or just for fun! - can browse here.

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Sibert Medal 2013 - Sibert Medal - SAPL's Resource Guides at San Antonio Public Library

Sibert Medal 2013 - Sibert Medal - SAPL's Resource Guides at San Antonio Public Library | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
First presented in 2001, the Sibert Medal goes to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished informational book for children published in English during the preceding year. The award is named after Robert F.
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Here's another library's guide to Sibert Medal Award winners! It's always helpful to check out what other libraries across the country are doing and reading. 

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Nonfiction Blog: I.N.K.

Nonfiction Blog: I.N.K. | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
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This blog is called "Interesting Nonfiction for Kids", and Steve Sheinkin (2013 Sibert Award winner) is an occasional contributor. The purpose of the blog is to discover how nonfiction books can enrich and excite the learning process, and to highlight new and innovative nonfiction.  

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Courtney Davis's comment, April 26, 2013 8:48 PM
I was also really delighted when I found this. It's so nice to get the "insider's" look on what's coming out in nonfiction, and to know that authors are just as committed to finding exciting nonfiction for children as librarians are!
QMP's comment, April 28, 2013 9:46 PM
Oohhh, I know I will be all over this once I become a children’s librarian. Great find!
Melissa Roderick's comment, April 29, 2013 2:42 PM
Great resource for librarians, parents and teachers!
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Brian Floca | Ballet for Martha

Brian Floca | Ballet for Martha | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Children's books, illustrations, school visit information, and portfolios by Brian Floca.
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This is a page of information on the 2011 Honor award-winner, "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring". The page comes from illustrator Brian Floca's website - check out some of his other nonfiction works while you're there!

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"Animals Do Their Part" - Article on Phillip Hoose's Website

"Animals Do Their Part" - Article on Phillip Hoose's Website | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Author talks to elementary students about shorebirds, preserving nature By Dani Palmer The Herald Bulletin FRANKTON, Ind. — Frankton fifth-grader Hannah Smith had no idea what a red knot was until...
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Here's an article from Phillip Hoose's website (he's the author of the 2013 Sibert Honor book, "Moonbird") that was originally featured in the Herald Bulletin. Real fifth-graders learn all about the birds in Hoose's book, as well as how animals - and people! - can help our environment.

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Liz MacNeil's comment, April 25, 2013 6:08 PM
I read about another of Phillip Hoose's books while compiling my annotations for the collection development assignment. He writes about a wide variety of subjects and seems really interesting, plus he lives in New England. Thanks for posting this!
QMP's comment, April 28, 2013 9:42 PM
Woo, this is great! I always am in support of teaching children about preserving nature.
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Steve Sheinkin wins Sibert Medal, Newbery Honor and YALSA Excellence in Non Fiction.

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An interview with Steve Sheinkin! Hearing the author's own words about a book always makes things more exciting, don't you think?

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Klara Charlton's comment, April 24, 2013 9:52 PM
I absolutely agree! Hearing the direct perspective of a creator is a really good way to increase understanding of how the artist works. Steve Sheinkin seems both humble and practical, and also seems to care very much about children and their love of stories. But the stickers and medals are cool!
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Sheinkin wins 2013 Sibert Medal | American Libraries Magazine

Sheinkin wins 2013 Sibert Medal | American Libraries Magazine | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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American Libraries Magazine published an article on this year's winner, "Bomb:  The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon" by Steve Sheinkin. The article also discusses some of the Honor Books from this year's award.

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Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet | Fun Facts! : A Guide to Award-Winning Nonfiction | Scoop.it
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Check out last year's winner, Melissa Sweet, at her homepage! You can learn all about "Balloons over Broadway" (2012 Sibert Award Winner) as well as her other exciting projects.

 

If you want to find this title in the Salem Public Library's catalog, follow this link: http://evergreen.noblenet.org/eg/opac/record/3137989?locg=63%3A17

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