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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)

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman, author ; June Bates, illustrator

Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, author ; Philippe Dumas, illustrator

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde ; illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
  • Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman ; illustrated by Talitha Shipman
  • Hereville : How Mitka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
  • Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
  • Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles by David A. Adler ; illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler
  • Sadic and Ori and he Blue Blanket by Jamie Korngold ; illustrations by Julie Fortenberry
  • The Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; illustrations by Suzanne Raphael Berkson
  • The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito
  • Mr. Doctor : Janusz Korczak and the Orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto by Irene CohenJanka ; illustrations by Maurizio A. C. Quarello
  • Watch Out for Flying Kids : How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community by Cynthia Levinson
  • The Wren and the Sparrow by J. Lewis ; illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg
  • The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow
  • Last Night at the Circle Cinema by Emily Franklin
  • Courage and Defiance : Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Imagining Katherine by Carol Solomon
  • Deep Sea by Annika Thor ; translated b Linda Schenek