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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)

I Dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, author ; Elizabeth Baddeley, illustrator

The Inquisitor's Tale : or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, author ; Hatem Aly, illustrator

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman : a Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards, author ; G. Brian Karas, illustrator
  • Fascinating : the Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, author ; Edel Rodriguez, illustrator
  • Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Izzy

  • A Poem for Peter : the Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, author ; Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, illustrators

No honor books recognized.

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • The Sundown Kid : a Southwestern Shabbat by Barbaa Bietz ; illustrated by John Kanzler
  • On One Foot by Linda Glaser ; illustrations by Nuria Balaguer
  • The Tree in the Courtyard : Looking Through Anne Frank's Window by Jeff Gottesfeld ; illustrated by Peter McCarty
  • Gabriel's Horn by Eric Kimmel ; illustrations by Maria Surducan
  • Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon
  • Not This Turkey! by Jessica Steinberg ; illustrated by Amanda Pike
  • The Ship to Nowhere : On Board the Exodu by Rona Arato
  • Irena's Children : Young Readers Edition : a True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo ; adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell
  • The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Skating with the Statue of Liberty

No notable books recognized.