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Looking forward to the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

I’m tickled pink! Tickled that Practically Paradise will be part of the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. I (with your help) will be interviewing Robert Sabuda for his work illustrating Chanukah Lights on Wednesday February 8th.

ChanukahLights Looking forward to the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog TourYou readers know that I have been a long-time fan of Robert Sabuda. I’d like to ask your questions so pretend that you were sitting down with us by a nice cozy fire and tell me what you’d like to ask him. You can email me or leave comments below. Here’s a copy of the announcement and schedule:

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2012 gold and silver medalists and a few selected Notables with a Blog Tour, February 5-10, 2012! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. For those of you who have not yet experienced a Blog Tour, it’s basically a virtual book tour. Instead of going to a library or bookstore to see an author or illustrator speak, you go to a website on or after the advertised date to read an author’s or illustrator’s interview.

Later this spring, we’ll follow up with an episode of Katie Davis’s Brain Burps About Books devoted to the Sydney Taylor Book Award! Below is the schedule for the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of Naamah and the Ark at Night Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Ima On & Off the Bima

Holly Meade, illustrator of Naamah and the Ark at Night Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Into the Wardrobe

Shelley Sommer, author of Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg, Baseball Pioneer Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category at Great Kid Books

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

Marcia Vaughan, author of Irena’s Jar of Secrets Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category at Shelf-Employed

Ron Mazellan, illustrator of Irena’s Jar of Secrets Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category at The Children’s War

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Trina Robbins, author of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category at Bildungsroman

Anne Timmons (and possibly Mo Oh), illustrators of of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Gathering Books

Morris Gleitzman, author of Then Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category at The 3 R’s

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012

Michael Rosen, author of Chanukah Lights Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy

Robert Sabuda, illustrator/paper engineer of Chanukah Lights Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Practically Paradise

Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category at Cynsations

Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category at Jewish Books for Children

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Durga Yael Bernhard, author & illustrator of Around the World in One Shabbat Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Frume Sarah’s World

Shirley Vernick, author of The Blood Lie Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category at The Fourth Musketeer

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Eric Kimmel, author of The Golem’s Latkes Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award at Ann Koffsky’s Blog

Gloria Spielman, author of Marcel Marceau, Master of Mime Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award at Shannon and the Sunshine Band

Richard Michelson, author of Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award at Blue Thread

Sydney Taylor Award Winners – Wrap-Up All winners, all categories at The Whole Megillah