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Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards have been announced! “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.”

From the Association of Jewish Libraries website:

Sydney Taylor Book Award, Younger Readers: Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda, author and artist of Chanukah Lights, Candlewick Press.

Honor Books, Younger Readers:

Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti with illustrations by Holly Meade (Candlewick Press)

Around the World in One Shabbat written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard (Jewish Lights Publishing)

Sydney Taylor Book Award, Older Readers: Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, Charlesbridge Publishing.

Honor Books, Older Readers: 

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: from Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh (Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer (Calkins Creek, an imprint Boyds Mills Press)

Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan with illustrations by Ron Mazellan (Lee & Low Books)

Sydney Taylor Book Award, Teen ReadersRobert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing.

Honor Books, Teen Readers:

Then by Morris Gleitzman (Henry Holt and Company)

The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press).

The Award Committee also had eighteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2012.

Notable Books for Younger Readers:

  • Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules with illustrations by Debbie Melmon (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • The Golem’s Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Aaron Jasinski (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books)
  • Joseph and the Sabbath Fish by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Martina Peluso (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold with illustrations by Julie Fortenberry (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • The Shabbat Princess by Amy Meltzer with illustrations by Martha Aviles (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Zachary Pullen (Sleeping Bear Press, an imprint of Gale)
  • The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock with illustrations by Melanie Hall (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding during World War II by Marisabina Russo (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House)
  • Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman with illustrations by Manon Gauthtier (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
  • One Little Chicken by Elka Weber with illustrations by Elisa Kleven (Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House)

Notable Books for Older Readers:

  • The Mishkan: Its Structure and Its Sacred Vessels by Rabbi Avrohom Biderman (Artscroll/Mesorah Publication)
  • Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
  • The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough with illustrations by Heather Maione (Viking, an imprint of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.)
  • When Life Gives You OJ by Erica S. Perl (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin with illustrations by Bill Fransworth (Holiday House)
  • Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson (Candlewick Press)

Notable Books for Teens:

  • OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy (Walker & Company)
  • Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul Janeczko (Candlewick Press)
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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

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