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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)

Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen

Music Was It : young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoleti ; illustrations by Holly Meade

  • Around the World in One Shabbat by Durga Yael Bernhard

  • Lily Renee, Escape Artist : from Holocaust survivor to commic book pioneer by Trina Robbins ; illlustrations by Anne Timmons & Mo Oh

  • Hammerin' Hank Greenberg : baseball pioneer by Shelley Sommer

  • Irena's Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan ; illustrations by Ron Mazellan

  • Then by Morris Gleitzman

  • The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules ; illustrations by Deobrah Melmon
  • The Golem's Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel ; illustrations by Aaron Jansinski
  • Joseph and the Sabbath Fish by Eric A. Kimmel ; illustrations by Martina Peluso
  • Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold ; illustrations by Julie Fortenberry
  • The Shabbat Princess by Amy Meltzer
  • Lipman Pike : America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; illustrations by Zachary Pullen
  • The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrations by Melanie Hall
  • Marcell Marceau : master of mime by Gloria Spielman ; illustrations by Manon Gauthier
  • One Little Chicken by Elka Weber ; illustrations by Elisa Kleven
  • The Mishkan : its structure and its sacred vessels by Rabbi Avrohom Biderman
  • Flesh & Blood So Cheap  the Triangle Fire and its legacy by Albert Marrin
  • The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrations by Heather Maione
  • When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl
  • Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin ; illustrations by Bill Farnsworth
  • Terezin : voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson
  • Requiem : poems of the Terzin Ghetto by Paul B. Jaeczko
  • OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy