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, Susan Kusel.

Richard Michelson and Karla Gudeon, author and illustrator of The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew, Alan Gratz, author of Refugee, and Antonio Iturbe, author of The Librarian of Auschwitz, are the 2018 winhers of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read the full press release from January 2018.

See the complete list of Sydney Taylor award, honor, and notable books for 2018.The Committee recommends them for library, classroom, and home use.

Hear a podcast interview with the 2018 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.

Click on a name to watch to videos.

Adam Gustavson, Adele Geras, Amy Schwartz, April Halprin Wayland, Aubrey Davis, Deborah Heilingman,  Donna Jo Napoli, Eric Kimmel, Laurel Snyder, Michael J. RosenRichard Michelson, Robert Sharenow, Sarah Gershman, Susan Goldman Rubin

Or go to the album to watch them all!