Anderson’s 2017 Mock Sibert Candidates 

Anderson’s 2017 Mock Sibert Candidates 

America’s Tea Parties:  Not One but Four!  By Marissa Moss.  America’s Tea Parties: Not One But Four! is the first nonfiction picture book to ever share that New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston each had their own tea party that took place around the same time as Boston’s. Grades 5-8

Extraordinary Suzy Wright: Colonial Woman on the Frontier by Teri Kanefield.   A biography of Suzy Wright, a Quaker poet and political activist who helped settle the Pennsylvania frontier and exerted considerable influence in the highest circles of Pennsylvania government.  Grades 5-8.

Anything But Ordinary Addie:  True Story of Adelaide Herrmann Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff. Be astonished and dazzled by the true story of Adelaide Herrmann, the Queen of Magic!  Grades K-4

Jazz Day:  The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill  What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.  Grades 3-7

Samurai Rising:  Epic Life of Minamoto Yos by Pamela S. Turner  This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.  Grades 7 & up, YA

Whoosh!:  Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton.  A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.  Grades 3-6

Great White Shark Scientist (The) by Sy Montgomery.  This daring expedition into the realm of great whites shows readers that in order to save the planet and its creatures, we must embrace our humanity and face our greatest fears. Grades 5-8

Some Writer!:  The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter.  Grades 7 & Up. YA

We will not be silent:  the White Rose student resistance movement that defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman.   The story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie who belonged to the Hitler Youth as young children.  As they began to doubt the Nazi regime, they formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance, believing that freedom was worth dying for. Grades 5-8

Sachiko:  A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson.   This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath.   Grades 5-8

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari.  A mother coyote hunts for her family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.  Grades K-3

Giant Squid by Eric Rohmann and Candace Fleming.  In this beautiful and clever nonfiction picture book about the giant squid, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann explore, both visually and poetically, this hidden creature's mysterious life.  Grades K-5

In the Shadow of Liberty:  The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth Davis.  Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were "owned" by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. Grades 5-8

Presenting Buffalo Bill:  The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming  Sibert Honor Book author Candace Fleming brings her customary intelligence, attention to detail, and wit to this fresh biography of America's first global superstar.  Grades 5-8

Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim.  Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis team up to give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.  Grades K-3

Secret Subway by Shana Corey.  From an acclaimed author and a New York Times best Illustrated artist comes the fascinating, little-known—and true!—story of New York City’s first subway. Grades K-3

Six Dots:  A Story of Young Louise Braille by Jen Bryant.   An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille--a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet. Grades K-3

Uprooted:  The Japanese American Experience by Albert Marrin. America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, Uprooted shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past. Grades 7 and up, YA

Fannie Never Flinched:  One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights by Mary Cronk Farrell.   During the Gilded Age of the American Industrialization, Fannie Sellins dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice for all, and she sacrificed her life to help that dream come true.  Grades 5-8.

Dive!  World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson.   Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson paints a vivid portrait of the deadly battles that raged in the Pacific during WWII and the remarkable courage of the US submarine sailors who fought them.  Grades 3-7

Sabotage:  The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb (young adult edition).  The author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters returns with another thrilling true story of WWII espionage, including Nazis, nukes, fighting, failure, and everyday heroes.   Grades 7 & Up, YA

Freedom over me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan.  Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. Grades 4-6

I Dissent:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy.  Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the first picture book about her life, as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!  Grades K-3

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea:  Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh.  Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raul Colon, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor. Grades K-3

You Can Fly:  The Tuskegee Airmen   by Carole Weatherford.  From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, You Can Fly is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly.  Grades 4-7

Participation and Voting Information Our voting will take place 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 (15 books) be purchased from Anderson’s.  Special discounts apply.   Contact us to order your set or for more info.

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