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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)

Hannah's Way by Linda Glaser ; illustrations by Adam Gustavson

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin ; illustrations by Kristina Swarner
  • The Elijah Door : a Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss ; illustrations by Alexi Natcheve
  • The Wooden Sword : A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan by Ann Redisch Stampler ; illustrations by Carol Liddiment
  • Beyond Courage : the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Speak Up, Tommy! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene ; illustrations by Deborah Melmon
  • Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold
  • A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman
  • The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg
  • A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson
  • Hereville : How Mitka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
  • Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy
  • Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal
  • Now by Morris Gleitzman
  • Rachel's Secret by Shelly Sanders
  • The Last Song by Eva Wiseman