Sydney Taylor Book Award

Sydney Taylor poster showing all award winning coversThe 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, Rebecca Levitan.

Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky, author and illustrator of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, Jonathan Auxier, author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, and Vesper Stamper, author of What the Night Sings, are the 2019 winhers of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read the full press release from January 2019.

See the complete list of Sydney Taylor award, honor, and notable books for 2019.The Committee recommends them for library, classroom, and home use.

Hear a podcast interview with the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award committee chair.

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Check out our Catalog of Sydney Taylor Products.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Awards

Many authors and illustrators sent us video greetings describing what winning the STBA award meant to them.
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Adam Gustavson picture of Adam Gustavson
Adele Geras, picture of Adele Geras
Amy Schwartz picture of Amy Schwartz
April Halprin Wayland, picture of April Halprin Wayland
Aubrey Davis picture of Aubrey Davis
Deborah Heilingman picture of Deborah Heilingman
Donna Jo Napoli, picture of Donna Jo Napoli
Eric Kimmel picture of Eric Kimmel
Laurel Snyder picture of Laurel Snyder
Michael J. Rosen picture of Michael Rosen and Robert Sabuda
Pnina Moed-Kass picture of Pnina Moed Kass
Richard Michelson, picture of Richard Michelson
Robert Sharenow, Picture of Robert Sharenow
Sarah Gershman, Picture of Sara Gershman
Susan Goldman Rubin Picture of Susan Goldman Rubin


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