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2011 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The Sydney Taylor Book Award was announced January 2011.

The award is presented to “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.” It is presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries and “encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.”

Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category.

Full information and all titles are available in the Press Release as well as at the AJL Blog.

Here is the video:

For Teen Readers, the Book Award Winner is The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt, Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Tomorrow I will post my review of The Things a Brother Knows; and, on Wednesday, I will have an interview with Reinhardt. The interview will be part of a blog tour featuring interviews with winning authors and illustrators. The full blog tour schedule will appear on the Association of Jewish Libraries’ blog “People of the Books.”

The Teen Readers, the Honor Award Winners are: Hush by Eishes Chayil, Walker & Company, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing (my review), Once by Morris Gleitzman (Henry Holt and Company), and Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman, Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

For Older Readers, the Book Award Winner is Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch, Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.

For Younger Readers, the Book Award Winner is Gathering Sparks by Howard Schwartz with illustrations by Kristina Swarner, Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Check out the full List of all 2011 Award, Honor, and Notable Books.

There will be a Blog Tour of the winning authors and illustrators from February 6 to February 11. I’ll post more details closer to the tour; but in the meanwhile, a full list of dates, blogs, authors and illustrators is at the AJL Blog, People of the Book. Tea Cozy will be a stop on the tour, with Dana Reinhardt, author of the Book Award for Teen Readers Award!

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


  1. Is this the same Sydney Taylor of All of A Kind Series? And if so, why isn’t the entire series in print? I love this series!

  2. Yes, it is the same Sydney Taylor. And yes, a great series and all of them should be in print!