The Association of Jewish Libraries announced the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards on January 11. The awards are presented each year to “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.” Debbie Levy’s I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers. Richard Michelson’s Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, and A Hat For Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards and illustrated by G. Brian Karas were named Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers. Pamela Mayer’s Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, illustrated by Deborah Melmon, and Eric Kimmel’s Gabriel’s Horn, illustrated by Maria Surducan were named Notable Book for Young Readers. Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo, adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell was named a Notable Book for Older Readers.
Read the complete list of winners here.