Hamline News

Caren Stelson receives Sibert Honor


Caren Stelson's (MFAC ’09) debut novel, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, has been named a 2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. The awards were announced this morning at the ALA's midwinter conference in Atlanta. Read the full announcement at Publisher's Weekly.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. American Library Service to Children (ALSC) administers the award.

A National Book Award for Young People Longlist selection, Sachiko is a striking work of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, author Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko’s trauma and loss, as well as her long journey to find peace. This book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.

Read more about Satchiko and Caren Stelson here