I wanted to share some of the great #SibertSmacktown activities that teachers
and librarians developed to build excitement for the award.
California, Alyson Beecher (@alysonbeecher) worked with six classrooms. Some of the students
created posters for their favorite titles.
created a book mountain and placed the books that received the most votes at the
Massachusetts, Kate Narita (@KateNarita) asked teams of students to write persuasive essays
to share what they admired most about their favorite books. Here are some
examples. And here
are some more. The class's overall winner was Between the Lines.
Upstate New York, students in Stacey Rattner’s (@C_ESLibrary) school skyped with authors
and illustrators of some of the #SibertSmackdown titles. They
also created slideshows about their favorite Sibert contenders.
Here are the books a school in Colorado read and discussed.
Ms. Jaimes (@msjaimes) cleverly adapted March Madness Nonfiction
brackets for a Sibert-related activity. Which book won? It was a tie between Otis and Will Discover the Deep and Game Changers.
Look how engaged these students from Washington (@LibraryFW) are as they discuss Water Land.
In Maine, librarian Patti Francis (@pmkfrancis) remembered a noteworthy moment:
“As I read the words ‘Breathe in. Breathe
out.’ in Otis and Will Discover the Deep.
One student’s said ‘I didn’t realize I was holding my breath until you said
quote is a perfect example of the incredible power of a great nonfiction book.
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children. Her lifelong fascination with the natural world led her to earn a B.S.
in biology and M.A. in science journalism. When Melissa isn’t writing or speaking to children or educators, she’s usually exploring natural places near her home or around the world. Website: www.melissa-stewart.com; Twitter: @mstewartscience
• AAAS/Subaru Prizes for Excellence in Science Books • ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award • CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award • Cook Prize for STEM Picture Book • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List • Cybils Nonfiction Awards • NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfictionfor Young Adults