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The 2011 Sydney Taylor Awards

The 2011 Sydney Taylor Awards have been announced and comics make the cut!

(From the website) The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Montreal this June.

This year, 2 graphic novels were recognized.  Barry Deutsch’s Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, published by Amulet, won the Gold Medal for Older Readers. It is the first time a graphic novel has won the award.   A silver medal was awarded to Resistance by Carla Jablonski with art by Leland Purvis published by First Second in the Older Reader Categories.

Both titles are also 2011 Great Graphic Novel For Teens picks.

To see a full list of winners (not all graphic novels), go to the AJL’s blog.

Esther Keller About Esther Keller

Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. Her collection is also the model for all middle school libraries in NYC. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library, and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 3 and regularly reviews for SLJ, LMC. In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.

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