2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books written for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while portraying the Jewish experience. The association gives awards in three categories: younger, older, and teen readers. To learn more about the Association of Jewish Libraries, visit their website. The winning and honor titles are listed below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.

Younger Readers


Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, by Leslea Newmann, and illustrated by Amy June Bates


Honor Books

Everybody Says Shalom, by Leslie Kimmelman, and illustrated by Talitha Shipman

Shanghai Sukkah, by Heidi Smith Hyde, and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong


Older Readers

Adam and ThomasWinner

Adam and Thomas, by Aharon Appelfeld, Philippe Dumas and translated by Jeffrey M. Green


Honor Book

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish, by Barry Deutsch, and illustrated by the author


Teen Readers

The Hired GirlWinner

The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


Honor Books

Serendipity’s Footsteps, by Suzanne Nelson

Stones on a Grave, by Kathy Kacer





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