2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and beyond!

This week the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Named after the groundbreaking author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books (you know, the five sisters — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie — and baby brother Charlie; which one are you?) the award "recognizes books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience." This year the Sydney Taylor Book Awards celebrate their fiftieth anniversary (welcome, little sister!).

The 2018 winners are:

In the Younger Readers category: The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon, published by Charlesbridge.

In the Older Readers category: Refugee by Alan Gratz, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

In the Teen Readers category: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, translated by Lilit Thwaites, published by Godwin Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, a division of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library won the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award, an occasional award given at the discretion of the committee.

Find the complete list of winners, honorees, and notable books here.

I am an outgoing member of this wonderful committee (a four-year term!), but incoming committee member Shoshana Flax will keep a Horn Book eye on things. Please join us (and Roger! and Cathie! and other special guests!) at the AJL's annual conference this year in our own backyard in Boston.

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 University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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