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Sydney Taylor Book Award

Recognizes the best in Jewish children's literature. Medals are awarded annually for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award was established in 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries and is named in memory of


Gold Medalists (Winners)

Book Rescuer by Sue Macy, author ; Stacy Innerst, illustrator

White Bird : a Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Gittel's Journey by Lesléa Newman, author ; Amy June Bates, illustrator

  • The Key from Spain : Flory Jagoda and Her Music by Debbie Levy, author ; Sonja Wimmer, illustrator

  • Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack

  • Games of Deception : the True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany by Andrew Maraniss

  • Dissenter on the Bench : Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life and Work by Victoria Ortiz

  • Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope by Mara Rockliff ; illustrated by Zosia Dzierzawska
  • A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina ; illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard
  • Parrots, Pugs and Pixie Dust : a Book About Fashion Designer Judith Leiber
  • Masters of Silence by Kathy Kacer
  • A Boy is Not a Bird by Edeet Ravel
  • Rachel's Roses by Ferida Wolff
  • In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
  • A Light in the Darkness : Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust by Albert Marrin