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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Welcome to the first stop on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky were kind enough to answer my questions about All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade/Random), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Younger Readers category. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is a meticulously researched, beautifully written […]

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour

Excited about this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award winners? If so, watch this space — and these other spaces — February 10 through 14. The Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour kicks off on Sunday, with various blogs interviewing the creators of the winners and honor books. Here at Out of the Box, Sydney Taylor Book […]

Additional ALA Awards 2019

Alex Award for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com) The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Knopf) Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House) The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2018

Jewish community events often feel like family gatherings. When you show up at your first Association of Jewish Libraries conference (June 17th–19th, 2018) as a baby committee member — a.k.a. an incoming member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which honors “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience” — […]

A missed opportunity

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Susan Hood’s Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World (HarperCollins, 2018). The text is interpreted by some of my favorite illustrators, including Julie Morstad, LeUyen Pham, Melissa Sweet, and Sophie Blackall. And from the partial list of subjects in the book’s promotional material, I […]

Refugee: 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2018 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops (including Shoshana’s interview with Tammar Stein!) and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Refugee by Alan Gratz is a timely, emotion-filled, and pulse-pounding story that intertwines the narratives of […]

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 […]

Fascinating: 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2017 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy is a warm, personal picture-book biography written by the late actor/photographer’s close friend and gallerist Richard […]

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 […]

AJL 2016

A few days before Roger and Martha set off for ALA, I flew to Charleston for the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee (named for the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series; which sibling are you?), I was eager to hear from […]