Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sibert Smackdown! There’s Still Time!

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are less than 3 weeks away. I can’t wait to find who the winners will be, can you? 

As a nonfiction lover, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is my favorite award of all. And that’s why I started the Sibert Smackdown five years ago. It’s a fun activity for students in grades 3-8. And there’s still time for you and your students to participate. 

Check out this post for all the details, including my list of recommended titles. I hope you’ll join us.

Please use the Twitter hashtag #SibertSmackdown to share what you and your students are doing.


  1. HOORAY!! Where's ALL 13!! One of my favorite reads this year :).

    1. Hi Maria,
      The Sibert Smackdown features picture books only because they are easier to read in a classroom setting. All Thirteen is long-form nonfiction written for a middle-grade audience. I agree that it's wonderful. In fact, I included it on my list of 10-ish Favorite Books of 2020.