Monday, January 7, 2008

The 2008 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The 2008 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for the best Jewish literature for kids and teens have just been announced! This award is presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries, and there are gold and silver medals for younger, older, and teen readers (as well as a list of notable books that don't get medals). The full info is at, but for the moment, please see the video below for an announcement of the gold medalists:

By the way, I've read all three of these gold medalists, and they are all excellent. The picture book winner, The Bedtime Sh'ma, comes with a CD of beautiful, soothing music - what a bonus! The Older Readers book, The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, is not just another Holocaust novel - it's weird, funny, and creepy all at once. The Teen winner, Strange Relations, displays Sonia Levitin's trademark talent of showing different streams of Judaism interrelating. All excellent reads!


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