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Children's & teen literature

Six years ago, a reference librarian in the Dorot Room of New York's 42nd Street Library brought Doreen Rappaport three volumes she had not requested - all about Jewish resistance during the Holocaust - and sparked her curiosity to explore this subject. Rappaport shares her research journey from domestic and international libraries and archives to her work with Holocaust scholars and resisters to shape a book that covers the most up-to-date concepts of "resistance" and reveals how Jews organized to rescue themselves and others. Beyond Courage garnered six starred reviews, was selected as one of the best non-fiction books of 2012 by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and was named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teen Readers by AJL.

Presented by Doreen Rappaport at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

 

The winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award was Karen Propp, for her work in progress, Freestyle. Hear her award acceptance speech from the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas.

 

Two of the silver medalists who won Sydney Taylor Honor Awards in 2013 were present at the conference in Houston, Texas. Hear the award acceptance speeches by Doreen Rappaport (Beyond Courage) and Sheri Sinykin (Zayde Comes to Live).

 

The winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category was Intentions by Deborah Heiligman. Hear her award acceptance speech from the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas.

 

The winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers Category was His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden. Hear her award acceptance speech from the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas.

The winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers Category was Hannah's Way by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Hear their award acceptance speeches from the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas.

 

Author Linda Glaser enjoys demystifying the writing process almost as much as she enjoys writing. She talks about her first drafts, revisions, rejections, and behind-the-scenes secrets along with some things you may be surprised to know about creating a book.

Presented by Linda Glaser at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Debra Winegarten discusses her experiences leading workshops and giving presentations on the subject of "Being Jewish in Texas" over the past year. She shares stories she's gathered from other people's experiences, both Jewish and non-Jewish, and talks about how these experiences can be used to educate others on the importance of recognizing and honoring diversity among all people.

Presented by Debra Winegarten at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Starting with Rosh Hashanah and looking at stories, poems and activities to use with the youngest library users, we share ideas for good books and follow-up activities that can be used in the library or classroom through the year. Library lessons introduce young children to the library, the concept of borrowing and returning, book care, parts of a book, and good listening skills. Preschool skills such as color and shape recognition, identifying sounds, counting and alphabet will also be integrated int o the storytimes.

Presented by Susan Dubin at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Connect with the 2013 winners: Linda Glaser, Adam Gustavson, Louise Borden adn Deborah Heiligman, as they provide in-depth discussion of their books and methods.

Presented by the authors at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Join us as we reveal the criteria used to evaluate books submitted to the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. The positive merits of the winners, honors and notables will be discussed and we will divulge the exceptional qualities that made them worthy of distinction. Not only will you get insight into the work of the committee, but you can use the same criteria to evaluation books in your own collection. Practical tips to use STBA winners for programs will be shared and we will also point out books that did not measure up tot he standards of the STBA committee, but may be appropriate for individual library collections.

Presented by Aimee Lurie, Chair, and the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee members at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee introduced its award winning authors. Susan Goldman Rubin, gold medalist in the Older Readers Category, started off the session with a discussion of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein. She was followed by Rob Sharenow, gold medalist in the Teen Readers Category, discussing The Berlin Boxing Club.

Presented at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

1 hr 1 min 58 sec

With intermarriage hovering at 50% and diminishing rates of Jewish affiliation, Jewish community leadership has been concerned about how to reach and engage young families while they are in the critical stage of exploring how they want to raise their children. Ms. Eisen shows how the JP Library, founded in 2005, helps address these issues  by offering the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month, sent directly to families' homes, making resources accessible for making Jewish choices and establishing Jewish connections.

Presented by Rosalie Eisen at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

36 min 14 sec

Aimee Lurie, Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, announces the 2013 winners during the AJL Midwinter Council meeting, January 2013 in Manhattan, NY.

10 min 15 sec

Which children's books with significant Jewish content are among the winners of the two most important US awards for translated books? Goldsmith describes the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the Outstanding International Books (OIB) List, analyzes editors' decision-making processes and discusses the modest number of winners with Jewish content. Findings from her dissertation research outlines editors' motivations for and barriers to publishing translations, as well as editors' awareness of helpful resources that are available to them.

Presented by Annette Goldsmith at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

42 min 13 sec

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series.

Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda, author and artist of Chanukah Lights, Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, and Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club, are the 2012 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the mid-winter meeting of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The winners were revealed at the 2012 council meeting of the Association of Jewish Libraries in January, 2012 in Manhattan, NY. Awards chair Barbara Bietz made the official announcement, and shared her thoughts on this year’s winners in this interview, originally recorded for The Book of Life at bookoflifepodcast.com and cross-posted here by permission.

Click here for the 2012 press release and full list of award, honor and notable books.

13 min 11 sec

At the annual awards banquet, authors, illustrators and publishers are recognized for their excellent work. This presentation includes acceptance speeches by the 2011 winners of the RAS Bibliography and Reference Awards, the Sydney Taylor Book Awards, and the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

Presented at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

56 min 38 sec

The Sydney Taylor Book Award committee shares insights of the many books received in 2010, from picture boooks to young adult novels, as they worked to select the 2011 winners. Categories of books discussed include: "Chickens and Roosters and Hens, Oy Vey!" "Learning About Our Neighbors and Ourselves," "Woulda Coulda Shoulda," "Sneak Peaks," "Teen Picks," "Holocaust books/series for Libraries," "WWII Perspectives," and "Hot/Not Books."

Presented by members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

1 hr 39 min 50 sec

Author Howard Schwartz discusses his book Gathering Sparks, illustrated by Kristina Swarner, the 2011 gold medal winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers category.

Presented by Howard Schwartz at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

28 min 07 sec

Author Dana Reinhardt discusses her book, The Things a Brother Knows, the 2011 gold medal winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category.

Presented by Dana Reinhardt at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

24 min 35 sec


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