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Anderson’s 2016 Mock Sibert Candidates
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano. Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Grades 7 & Up, YA.
Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose. Inspiring story of young war heroes who take action against the Nazis as they invaded Denmark. Their secret club, named after the fiery British leader, eventually helped spark a full blown Danish resistance. Grades 7 & Up, YA.
Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Most Favorite Treat by Kay Frydenborg. Chocolate hits all the right sweet--and bitter--notes: cutting-edge genetic science whisked in with a strong social conscience, history, and culture yield one thought-provoking look into one of the world's most popular foods. Grades 7 & Up, YA.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage--and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Grades 7 & Up, YA.
Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen. Here is the story of how a poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi, became an American legend. Grades K-3.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memior by Margarita Engle. In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Grades 7 & Up, YA
Enormous Smallness: Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo, il. E.E.'s life is presented in a way that will make children curious about him and will lead them to play with words and ask plenty of questions as well. Lively and informative. Grades K-3
FDR and the American Crisis by Albert Marrin. The definitive biography of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt for young adult readers. Grades 7 & Up. YA
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh. Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras--skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities--came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). Grades 1-5
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, Jamey Christoph, il. Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice. Grades K-3
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson, David Shannon, il. Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson shares the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Grades K-3
How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz by Jonah Winter, Keith Mallett, il. In this unusual and inventive picture book that riffs on the language and rhythms of old New Orleans, noted picture book biographer Jonah Winter turns his focus to one of America's early jazz heroes in this perfectly pitched book about Jelly Roll Morton. Grades 3-6
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page reveal the skills animals use to survive in the wild in an imaginative and humorous how-to format. Grades 1-4
Jump Back, Paul: The Life and poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Sally Derby, Sean Qualls, il. Discover the breadth and depth of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poetry—and learn how it reflects his singular life as a late-nineteenth-century black man. Grades 4-7
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, Shane Evans, il. An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family's tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Grades K-4
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin. From the author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit. Grades 7 & Up, YA
Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond. Based on a true story about the author's grandfather, Out of the Woods is a dramatic tale of survival featuring both animals and people. Grades K-3
Rain Wizard: The Amazing, Mysterious, True Life of Charles Mallory Hatfield by Larry Dane Brimner. Brimner examines the man and the myth by relying on personal recollections from growing up in California, as well as extensive research. Readers will be captivated by Charles Malloy Hatfield—a man once known as the Frankenstein of the air—and his secret rainmaking formulas. Grades 3-7
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. Nelson. Sitting Bull was instrumental in the war against the invasive wasichus (white men) and was at the forefront of the combat. Nelson brings the story of the great chief to light. Grades 3-6
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum. A riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring. Grades 7 & Up, YA
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. A brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. Grades 7 & Up, YA
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. Grades 5-8
Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes. Grades 7 & Up, YA
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua Holmes, il. Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights. Grades 5-8
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker, Jonathan Voss, il. Sally Walker's heartwarming story, paired with Jonathan Voss's evocative illustrations, brings to life the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh. Grades K-3
Participation and Voting Information Our voting will take place early in January, prior to the Sibert Award announcement at ALA Mid-Winter. Details to follow. To participate in voting, we require the complete mock set or partial set (10 books) be purchased from Anderson’s. Special discounts apply. Contact us to order your set or for more info.