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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)

The Language of Angels : a Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, author ; Karla Gudeon, illustrator

Refugee by Alan Gratz

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Silver Medalists (Honor Books)

  • Yaffa and Fatima : Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-WIlliams, author ; Chiara Fedele, illustrator
  • Drop by Drop : a Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules, author ; Yevgenia Nayberg, illustrator
  • Viva Rose! by Susan Krawitz
  • This is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • The Six Day Hero by Tammar Stein
  • To Look a Nazi in the Eye : a Teen's Account of a War Criminal Trial by Kacer Kathy with Jordana Lebowitz
  • Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
  • The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

Bronze Medalists (Notable Books)

  • Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Andre Ceolin
  • Under the Sabbath Lamp by Michael Herman ; illustrated by Alida Massari
  • Big Sam : a Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale by Eric A. Kimmel ; illustrated by Jim Starr
  • The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim ; illustrated by Jon Davis
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg : the Case of R. B. G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst
  • Hedy's Journey : the True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust by Michelle Bisson ; illustrated by El primo Ramón
  • The Children of Willesden Lane : a True Story of Hope and Survival During World War II : Young Reader's Edition by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen ; adapted by Emil Sher
  • Wordwings by Sydelle Pearl
  • The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero
  • Man's Search for Meaning : Young Reader Edition by Vikotor E. Frankl
  • Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
  • Stolen Secrets by L. B. Schulman