Larry Dane Brimner was named the 2018 winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2017 for his title TWELVE DAYS IN MAY Freedom Ride 1961. The book was published by Calkins Creek, the American History imprint of Highlights for Children, and the award was announced by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held from February 9 – 13, in Denver.
On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South. Brimner relied on archival documents and rarely seen images to tell this compelling story of the little-known first days of the Freedom Ride.
“Spare text, bold graphics and arresting photos combine to take young readers on a 12-day journey through the Jim Crow American south of 1961,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Tali Balas.
The book was previously selected as a Booklist Editors’ Choice. In a starred review, School Library Journal said, “★ “An engaging and accessible account… a straightforward narrative approach to the subject that will appeal to readers...(a)n essential part of civil rights collections and a worthy addition to all nonfiction shelves.”
And in another starred review, Booklist raved: ★ “(A) tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened during the May 1961 Freedom Rides… (a) memorable presentation of inherently dramatic and historically significant events.”
Brimner will receive the Sibert Medal at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans in June.
TWELVE DAYS IN MAY Freedom Ride 1961
Calkins Creek * Written by Larry Dane Brimner * October 2017 * 978-1-62979-586-7 * $18.95 US * $24.95 CAN * eBook 978-1-62979-917-9 * Includes archival documents, rarely seen images, an author’s note, source notes, bibliography, and index * boydsmillspress.com * brimner.com