"People of the Books" Blog

Opening on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

A position on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning in June, 2017. AJL members are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual conference and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation.  The term of membership on the Committee is four years.  Each committee member typically receives more than $1500 in books for review, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library.

Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging. It also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.

Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with the committee members through regular e-mail.  Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required.

To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Ellen Tilman, Committee Chair, at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or ellen.tilman@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted through March 21, 2017

2017 Blog Tour: Day 5

On this final day of the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour, we wrap up with a virtual roundtable discussion at The Whole Megillah.

We hope you've enjoyed these peeks behind the scenes of this year's gold and silver medalists' creations!

2017 Blog Tour: Day 4

Two more stops on the penultimate day of the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour!

Michelle Edwards and G. Brian Karas, author and illustrator of A Hat for Mrs. Goldman
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers category
At Jewish Books for Kids with Barbara Bietz

Richard Michelson and Edel Rodriguez, author and illustrator of Fascinating
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers category
At The Horn Book Blog

Click here for the full Blog Tour schedule.

2017 Blog Tour: Day 3

We've reached the middle of our Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour!

Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly, author and illustrator of The Inquisitor's Tale
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers category
At The Prosen People

Click here for the full Blog Tour schedule.

2017 Blog Tour: Day 2

Enjoy Day 2 of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour with these stops! 

Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley, author and illustrator of I Dissent
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers category
At Ima On and Off the Bima

Joel Ben Izzy, author of Dreidels on the Brain
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers category
At Bildungsroman