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Sydney Taylor Book Awards 2018 - 2019

Presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to authors of outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. 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.

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      Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

      by Jonathan Auxier

      Dec 2018

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Winner, 2019 Older Readers
      When eleven-year-old chimney climber Nan Sparrow gets caught in a fire, she is saved by a mysterious creature born from the piece of coal she keeps in her pocket.

      All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

      by Emily Jenkins

      Oct 2018

      Primary Plus

      Winner, 2019 Younger Readers
      Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.
      Yiddish glossary. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. List of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family books. Sources. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

      What the Night Sings

      by Vesper Stamper

      Jul 2018

      History High

      Winner, 2019 Teen Readers
      Debut author/illustrator Vesper Stamper presentsa lushly illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor, who must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R. B. G. vs. Inequality

      by Jonah Winter

      Dec 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Notable Books for Younger Readers
      Structured as a court case in which the reader is presented with evidence of the injustice that Ginsburg faced, this is the true story of how one of America's most "notorious" women bravely persevered to become the remarkable symbol of justice she is today. Glossary. Author's note. Full-color illustrations done with gouache, ink, and Photoshop.

      The Six-Day Hero

      by Tammar Stein

      Aug 2017

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Honor, Older Readers
      Motti knows his older brother is a hero—but through the six days of the war that will decide Israel's fate, he discovers other heroes in surprising places. Author's note.

      The Children of Willesden Lane: A True Story of Hope and Survival During World War II (Young Readers’ Edition)

      by Mona Golabek

      Aug 2017

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Notable Books for Older Readers
      A memoir of courage, survival, and the power of music to uplift the human spirit, this compelling tribute to one special young woman and the lives she touched will both educate and inspire young readers. Author's note. Map. Q&A with the author. Time line of the Holocaust. Historical background. Discussion questions and activities. Resources. Black-and-white photographs.

      The Language of Angels: The Reinvention of Hebrew

      by Richard Michelson

      Mar 2017

      Multicultural Elementary

      Winner, Younger Readers
      In 1885, few Jews in Israel used the holy language of their ancestors, and Hebrew was in danger of being lost—until Ben Zion and his father got involved. Afterword. Further reading. Full-color multi-media illustrations.
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