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See the annotated list of all award and honor winners from 1968 to the present.


Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners


YearSorted By Year In Descending OrderBooks
2014The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder; illustrated by Catia Chien (Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) [Younger Readers]

The Blessing Cup, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco (a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) [Older Readers]

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic) [Teen Readers]
2013Hannah's Way by Linda Glaser with illustrations by Adam Gustavson (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group) [Younger Readers]
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children) [Older Readers]
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman (Knopf Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House) [Teen Readers]
2012Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen with artwork by Robert Sabuda [Younger Readers]
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin [Older Readers]
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow [Teen Readers]
2011Gathering Sparks by Howard Schwartz, illustrated by Kristina Swarner [Younger Readers]
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch [Older Readers]
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt [Teen Readers]
2010New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Waylnd; illustrated by Stephane Jorisch [Younger Readers]
The Importance of Wings by Robin Friedman [Older Readers]
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Margarita Engle [Teen Readers]
2009As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson; illustrated by Raul Colon [Younger Readers]
Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse [Older Readers]
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti [Teen Readers]
2008The Bedtime Sh'ma: A Good Night Book by Sarah Gershman; illustrated by Kristina Swarner [Younger Readers]
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman [Older Readers]
Strange Relations by Sonia Levitin [Teen Readers]
2007Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Greg Harlin [Younger Readers]
Julia's Kitchen by Brenda Ferber [Older Readers]
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [Teen Readers]
2006Sholom's Treasure by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein [Younger Readers]
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman [Older Readers]
2005- Dating system changed this year to reflect year in which award is announced instead of year of publication. Award-giving did NOT skip a year.
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Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award Winners

YearSorted By Year In Descending OrderWinner
2004Eric A. Kimmel
2003Judye Groner & Madeleine Wikler, founders of Kar-Ben Copies
1997Barbara Diamond Goldin
1989Yaffa Ganz
1984Miriam Chaikin
1981Barbara Cohen
1980Sadie Rose Weilerstein
1979Marilyn Hirsh
1978Sydney Taylor