The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award 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.
The award is in its 50th year.
GOLD MEDALISTS (aka “Sydney Taylor Award winners”)
The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers category.
Refugee by Alan Gratz, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers category.
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, translated by Lilit Thwaites, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers category.
SILVER MEDALISTS (aka “Sydney Taylor Honor Books”)
For Younger Readers: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam adapted by Fawzia Gilani- Williams, illustrated by Chiara Fedele; and Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg.
For Older Readers: Viva, Rose! by Susan Krawitz; This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang ; and The Six-Day Hero by Tammar Stein.
For Teen Readers: To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial by Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz; Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin, translated by Rosie Hedger; and The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke .