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2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced

The winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards are:

For Younger Readers:


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon)

For Older Readers:


The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz; with illustrations by Hatem Aly (Dutton)
Read Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Adam Gidwitz

For Teen Readers:


Anna and the Swallow Man
by Gavriel Savit (Knopf)
Read Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Gavriel Savit

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers

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Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, illus. by Edel Rodriguez (Knopf)

A Hat For Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards, illus. by G. Brian Karas (Schwartz + Wade/Random)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers

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Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy (Dial)

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Viking)
Read Five Questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney about A Poem for Peter

Notable Books for Younger Readers

  • Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer, illus. by Deborah Melmon (Kar-Ben)
  • Gabriel’s Horn by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Maria Surducan (Kar-Ben)
  • Not This Turkey by Jessica Steinberg, illus. by Amanda Pike (Whitman)
  • On One Foot by Linda Glaser, illustrations by Nuria Balaguer (Kar-Ben)
  • The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz, illus. by John Kanzler (August House)
  • The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Peter McCarty (Knopf)

Notable Books for Older Readers

  • The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Scholastic)
  • Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo, adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell (McElderry)
  • The Ship to Nowhere by Rona Arato (Second Story)
  • Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer (Delacorte)

No Honor or Notable Books were designated for Teen Readers in 2017.

Follow these links for more on the Sydney Taylor Book Awards and the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.



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