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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 Medalits (Winners)

The Longest Night : A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

The Nazi Hunters : How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perloy ; illustrations by Cosei Kawa
  • Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londner
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box : How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson
  • Dear Canada : Pieces of the Past : The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas
  • Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati
  • The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax ; illustrations by Caryl Stzelecki ; translaterd by Laura Watkinson

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Benny's Mitzvah Notes by Marc Lumer
  • Brave Girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel ; illustrations by Melissa Sweet
  • The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street by Ann Redisch Stampler ; illustrations by Francesca Carabelli
  • Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown
  • The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall ; illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
  • Our Special New Baby by Chava Cohen ; illustrations by Rivkie Braverman
  • The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales by Shoshana Gelfand Boyd ; illustrations by Amanda Hall
  • B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
  • Odette's Secrets by Maryanne Macdonald
  • Touched by Fire by Irene N. Watts
  • When Hurricane Katrina Hit Home by Gail Langer Karwoski ; illustraions by Julia Marshall
  • Helga's Diary : A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel
  • Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust by Leanne Lieberman