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

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.

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