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: Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. 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, click here. For bulk purchases, please contact the Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, Rebecca Levitan.

Check out our Catalog of Sydney Taylor Products.

Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal, author and illustrator of Welcoming Elijah, M. Evan Wolkenstein, author of Turtle Boy, and Tyler Feder, author of Dancing at the Pity Party, are the 2021 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read the full press release from January 2021.

See the complete list of Sydney Taylor award, honor, and notable books for 2021.The Committee recommends them for library, classroom, and home use.

Hear a podcast interview with the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award committee chair.

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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.
Click on a name to watch the video

Click on a name to watch to videos.

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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