The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards! The Sydney Taylor Book Awards honor new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Pasadena, California in June.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:


Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen with artwork by Robert Sabuda (Candlewick Press)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:


Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti with illustrations by Holly Meade (Candlewick Press)


Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard (Jewish Lights Publishing)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:


Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (Charlesbridge Publishing)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers:


Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh (Graphic Universe)


Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer (Calkins Creek)
Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan with illustrations by Ron Mazellan (Lee & Low Books)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:


The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Harper Teen)

The Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Teen Readers:


Then by Morris Gleitzman (Henry Holt and Company)


The Blood Lie: A Novel by Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press)

Congratulations again to all the winners! Click here to see the list of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards Notable Books.

Finalists of the 2011 Cybils

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2011 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils)! For this blog, I would like to highlight the following finalists. =D

Middle Grade Fiction


The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers)


The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Scholastic)


Warp Speed by Lisa Yee (Arthur A. Levine)


Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (Arthur A. Levine)

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade)


The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (Harcourt)

Poetry


Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko (Candlewick Press)

Graphic Novels


Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Amulet)


Sidekicks by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine)


Level Up by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham (First Second Books)

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult)


Angelfall by Susan Ee (Feral Dream)


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Tor Teen)

The winners will be announced on Valentine's Day! <3