Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is awarded to the most distinguished informational book. They define informational books as those “written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable, factual material for children.”

I chose Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman a 2011 honor book. I found the book very interesting and easy to read. The illustrations were mostly paintings and engravings. Some were actual paintings of Lafayette, his comrades, his family and his home and others were pieces of art done since then. Most of these illustrations were either realistic or idealistic in their portrayal of the man and the events of the revolution. The took up a significant amount of the text which I found to be very helpful in drawing me into the story. Too much text in an informational book might deter some readers who learn better through visual stimulation.

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