"People of the Books" Blog

2018 Reference Award

The Association of Jewish Libraries encourages the publication of outstanding works of Judaica reference and
bibliography through its annual awards.

We are pleased to announce that
• The Judaica Reference Award winner for titles published in 2018 was given to Historical Atlas of Hasidism by
Marcin Wodzi?ski, with cartography by Waldemar Spallek, published by the Princeton University Press, 2018.
• An Honorable Mention was awarded to Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That
Shaped Early Judaism by Malka Z. Simkovich, published by The Jewish Publication Society, 2018.

Cover of Discovering Second Temple Literature

Conference 2019 - Preliminary Program and Grid

Get the first look at the 2019 conference program and grid. While the program is still being tweaked, you can get an idea of the exciting sessions and speakers.


Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah

Reflections on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA at Susan Kusel's Blog

10th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour at The Book of Life

2019 winners

Click here for the Blog Tour full schedule.

Day 4: Sydney Taylor Book Award 2019 Blog Tour


what the night sings

Vesper Stamper, author of What the Night Sings
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category
At Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast


all three stooges

Erica Perl, author of All Three Stooges
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors


Click here for the full blog tour schedule.

Day 3: Sydney Taylor Book Award 2019 Blog Tour


You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Teen Readers Category
At Good Reads with Ronna


Length of a String

Elissa Brent Weissman, author of The Length of a String
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At Mr. Schu Reads


Childrens Book Podcast

Susan Kusel & Rebecca Levitan, leadership of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee 
At The Children's Book Podcast



The Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA's Youth Media Awards
At the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Blog


Click here to see the full Blog Tour schedule.