Keep It Real!

Informational books for youth

An AkLA smore report by Caitlin Jacobson, Ketchikan

I served as Chair this year for the ALA Sibert Informational Book award, which gave the 2017 Medal to Congressman John Lewis and his fellow collaborators for March: Book Three. My 8 teammates and I read and evaluated several hundred books from the 2016 calendar year, then met at Midwinter for nearly 26 hours to discuss our titles.

I presented on nonfiction books at the AkLA conference, and would like to share my list of favorites, as well as a few of my favorite resources for titles.

The best in informational books for youth, 2016

Find the book list that I handed out at AkLA below:

Keeping It Real: 2016's Best Nonfiction for Youth

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

"Information books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable, factual material for children. There are no limitations as to the character of the book, although traditional literature (e.g., folktales) is not eligible. Poetry is not eligible except as a format or vehicle to convey information. Honor books may be named; they shall be books that are truly distinguished. The first award was announced at the Midwinter Meeting in 2001 and then presented at the ALSC Membership Meeting held during the Annual Conference." (From the Sibert page.)

Our winner!

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The Nonfiction Detectives

I was able to work with Louise Capizzo, one of the great gals from this blog while on the Sibert. Louise and Cathy Potter are both librarians in Maine, and they work together on this project. Find their great recommendations at
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The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize

The American Association for the Advancement of Science publishes a terrific review journal, Science Books & Films. Titles are reviewed by area specialists, so reviews have a different angle than those in School Library Journal. They partner with Subaru to promote an annual award. The list of nominees is always excellent.
The BS&F Holiday Gift Guide is also a great resource for the year's best books. Find this year's list HERE.

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