Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category. To order gold or silver seals to place on your own copies of winning titles, please contact the Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Diane Rauchwerger.

Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Ketzel, the Cat Who ComposedAharon Appelfeld, Jeffrey M. Green, and Philippe Dumas, author, translator, and illustrator of Adam & Thomas, and Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl, are the 2016 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read the full press release from January 2016.

See the complete list of Sydney Taylor award, honor, and notable books for 2016.The Committee recommends them for library, classroom, and home use.


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