For Your Consideration: The Sibert Award

Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m here to share with you a book that I think should be considered for an American Library Association Youth Media Award which we don’t cover on our Mock Mondays. This week I will be sharing a non-fiction book that should be considered for the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.  For more information about the award visit the Sibert Medal’s official page.

Title: Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife
Author: Meeg Pincus
Illustrator: Alexander Vidal

Summary: P-22, AKA the “Hollywood Cougar”, was born in a nature preserve in Los Angeles. P-22 crossed sixteen lanes of traffic to make his home in Griffiths Park near the Hollywood sign. The cougar caught the attention of the media and won the hearts of the public. P-22’s journey promoted the creation of a bridge for the city’s wildlife.

Sibert Considerations: Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife is an engaging information picture book. The story is told in simple prose that young readers will understand. The book has a fun format with pages including inserts and full-page spreads. The pictures are bright and inviting. The back matter includes information about LA mountain lions, cougars, and wildlife crossings, and a glossary of wildlife animals. The book is perfect for young elementary school readers, and Siebert Committee may take notice of it. 

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