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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)

My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrations by Barbara McClintock

Hidden : a Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrations by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Storm by Donna Jo Napoli

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Goldie Takes a Stand by Barbara Krasner ; illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Rile
  • Never Say a Mean Word Again : a tale from Medieval Spain by Jacqueline Jules ; illustrations by Durga Yael Bernhard
  • Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
  • Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren ; illustrations by Fabio Santomauro
  • Isabel's War by Lila Perl
  • Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Anna & Solomon by Elaine Snyder ; illustrations by Harry Bliss
  • Here is the World by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Susan Gal
  • The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner ; illustrations by Kristina Swarner
  • Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons by Alice B. McGinty ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
  • Simon and the Bear by Eric Kimmel ; illustrations by Matthew Trueman
  • The Story of Passover by David Adler ; illustrations by Jill Weber
  • Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
  • From Foe to Friend & Other Stories : a Graphic Novel by S. Y. Agnon ; ullistrations by Shay Charka ; English language edition adapted by Jeffrey Saks
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Margorie Agosín ; illustrated by Lee White ; translated by E. M. O'Connor
  • Schools of Hope : How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education by Norman H. Finkelstein
  • Freedom Summer : the 1964 Struggle for Civil rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Gottika by Helain Becket ; illustrations by Alexander Griggs-Burr
  • Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail
  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • Rachel's Hope by Shelly Sanders