Recent Sydney Taylor Award Winners and Honor Titles (presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries)

Awards , Book List , Kids

Adam & Thomas

Title: Adam & Thomas
By: Apelfeld, Aharon
Published: 2015

2016 Award Winner for Older Readers
J Apelf.A


Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Title: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
By: Auxier, Jonathan
Published: 2018

2019 Award Winner for Older Readers
J Auxier.J (in our Rebecca Caudill section)


My Grandfather's Coat

Title: My Grandfather's Coat
By: Aylesworth, Jim
Published: 2014

2015 Award Winner for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
JPicture Ayles.J


The Blackbird Girls

Title: The Blackbird Girls
By: Blankman, Anne
Published: 2020

2021 Middle Grade Honor
J Blank.A


His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg

Title: His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
By: Borden, Louise
Published: 2012

2013 Award Winner for Older Readers
xBiog Walle.R Borde.L


Dear Mr. Dickens

Title: Dear Mr. Dickens
By: Churnin, Nancy
Published: 2021

2022 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Bethany Stancliffe
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No Vacancy

Title: No Vacancy
By: Cohen, Tziporah
Published: 2020

2021 Middle Grade Honor
J Cohen.T


I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book

Title: I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book
By: Copeland, Rabbi Mychal
Published: 2020

2021 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: André Ceolin
On Order


Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

Title: Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
By: Dauvillier, Loïc
Published: 2014

2015 Award Winner for Older Readers
Illustrator: Marc Lizano with Color by Greg Salsedo.
Translator: Alexis Siege
JGraphic Dauvi.L


How Mirka Caught a Fish (Hereville)

Title: How Mirka Caught a Fish (Hereville)
By: Deutsch, Barry
Published: 2015

2016 Honor Book for Older Readers
JGraphic Deuts.B
Also check out 2012 Award Winner for Older Readers: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (JGraphic Deuts.B)


A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

Title: A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
By: Edwards, Michelle
Published: 2016

2017 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
JPicture Edwar.M


The Whispering Town

Title: The Whispering Town
By: Elvgren, Jennifer
Published: 2014

2015 Honor Book for Older Readers
Illustrator: Fabio Santomauro
JPicture Elvgr.J


Death by Toilet Paper

Title: Death by Toilet Paper
By: Gephart, Donna
Published: 2014

2015 Honor Book for Older Readers
J Gepha.D


The Inquisitor's Tale, or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Title: The Inquisitor's Tale, or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
By: Gidwitz, Adam
Published: 2016

2017 Award Winner for Older Readers
J Gidwi.A


Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam

Title: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam
By: Gilani-Williams, Fawzia
Published: 2017

2018 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Chiara Fedele
JPicture Gilan.F


The Christmas Mitzvah

Title: The Christmas Mitzvah
By: Gottesfeld, Jeff
Published: 2021

2022 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Michelle Laurentia Agatha
JPicture Gotte.J


Refugee

Title: Refugee
By: Gratz, Alan
Published: 2017

2018 Award Winner for Older Readers
J Gratz.A


How to Find What You're Not Looking For

Title: How to Find What You're Not Looking For
By: Hiranandani, Veera
Published: 2021

2022 Winner for Middle Grade Readers
J Hiran.V


Shanghai Sukkah

Title: Shanghai Sukkah
By: Hyde, Heidi Smith
Published: 2015

2016 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Jing Jing Tsong
JPicture Hyde.H


All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

Title: All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
By: Jenkins, Emily
Published: 2018

2019 Award Winner for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Paul Zelinsky
JPicture Jenki.E (Holiday Section, Hanukkah)


Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva

Title: Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva
By: Jules, Jacqueline
Published: 2017

2018 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg
JPIcture Jules.J


Everybody Says Shalom

Title: Everybody Says Shalom
By: Kimmelman, Leslie
Published: 2015

2016 Honor Book for Younger Readers
JPicture Kimme.L


Linked

Title: Linked
By: Korman, Gordon
Published: 2021

2022 Middle Grade Honor
J Korma.G


Viva, Rose!

Title: Viva, Rose!
By: Krawitz, Susan
Published: 2017

2018 Honor Book for Older Readers
J Krawi.S


The Passover Guest

Title: The Passover Guest
By: Kusel, Susan
Published: 2021

2022 Picture Book Winner
Illustrator: Sean Rubin
JPicture Kusel.S (Holiday Section--Passover)


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Title: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
By: Levy, Debbie
Published: 2016

2017 Award Winner for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Elizabeth Baddeley
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The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music

Title: The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music
By: Levy, Debbie
Published: 2019

2020 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
JPicture Levy.D


The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List

Title: The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List
By: Leyson, Leon
Published: 2013

2014 Honor Book for Older Readers
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Stones for Grandpa

Title: Stones for Grandpa
By: Londner, Renee
Published: 2013

2014 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Martha Avilés Junco
JPicture Londn.R


The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

Title: The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
By: Macy, Sue
Published: 2019

2020 Picture Book Winner
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
xBiog Lansk.A Macy.S


Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany

Title: Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany
By: Maraniss, Andrew
Published: 2019

2020 Middle Grade Honor
YA 796.4809 Maran.A


Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy

Title: Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
By: Michelson, Richard
Published: 2016

2017 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez
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The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew

Title: The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew
By: Michelson, Richard
Published: 2017

2018 Award Winner for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Karla Gudeon
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Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story

Title: Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
By: Newman, Lesléa
Published: 2019

2020 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Amy June Bates
JPicture Newma.L


Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed

Title: Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed
By: Newman, Lesléa
Published: 2015

2016 Award Winner for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Amy June Bates
JPicture Newma.L


Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail

Title: Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail
By: Newman, Lesléa
Published: 2020

2021 Picture Book Winner
Illustrator: Susan Gal
JPicture Newma.L (Holiday)


White Bird: A Wonder Story

Title: White Bird: A Wonder Story
By: Palacio, R. J.
Published: 2019

2020 Middle Grade Honor Winner
JGraphic Palac.R


Anya and the Dragon

Title: Anya and the Dragon
By: Pasternack, Sofiya
Published: 2019

2020 Middle Grade Honor
J Paste.S


Anya and the Nightingale

Title: Anya and the Nightingale
By: Pasternak, Sofiya
Published: 2020

2021 Middle Grade Honor
J Paste.S


All Three Stooges

Title: All Three Stooges
By: Perl, Erica S.
Published: 2018

2019 Honor Book for Older Readers
J Perl.E


Rifka Takes a Bow

Title: Rifka Takes a Bow
By: Perlov, Betty
Published: 2013

2014 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Cosei Kawa
JPicture Perlo.B


A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

Title: A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
By: Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Published: 2016

2017 Honor Book for Older Readers
Illustrators: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
xBiog Keats.E Pinkn.A


The Blessing Cup

Title: The Blessing Cup
By: Polacco, Patricia
Published: 2013

2014 Award Winner for Older Readers


This Is Just a Test

Title: This Is Just a Test
By: Rosenberg, Madelyn and Wendy Wan Long Sheng
Published: 2017

2018 Honor Book for Older Readers
J Rosen.M


Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life

Title: Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life
By: Rosenstock, Barb
Published: 2018

2019 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Mary GrandPré
xBiog Chaga.M Rosen.B


Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Title: Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
By: Sís, Peter
Published: 2021

2022 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Peter Sís
xBiog Winto.N Sis.P


The Longest Night: A Passover Story

Title: The Longest Night: A Passover Story
By: Snyder, Laurel
Published: 2013

2014 Award Winner for Young Readers
Illustrator: Catia Chien
JPicture Snyde.L (Holiday section: Passover)


The Length of a String

Title: The Length of a String
By: Weissman, Elissa Brent
Published: 2018

2019 Honor Book for Older Readers
J Weiss.E


Turtle Boy

Title: Turtle Boy
By: Wolkenstein, M. Evan
Published: 2020

2021 Winner for Middle Grade Readers
J Wolke.M


The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Title: The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
By: Yelchin, Eugene
Published: 2021

2022 Middle Grade Honor
xBiog Yelch.E Yelch.E


Miriam at the River

Title: Miriam at the River
By: Yolen, Jane
Published: 2020

2021 Picture Book Honor
Illustrator: Khoa Le
JPicture Yolen.J


A Moon for Moe and Mo

Title: A Moon for Moe and Mo
By: Zalben, Jane Breskin
Published: 2018

2019 Honor Book for Younger Readers
Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
JPicture Zalbe.J


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