Amid all the who-ha over those silly little ALA awards, I’ve heard very little about the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. This award is given to books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. I hope I get this right because I’m not 100% clear on their divisions there are three winners. As I understand them, they are:
For the youngest readers — Hannah’s Way by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Lerner/Kar-Ben).
For middle grade — His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden (Houghton Harcourt); I just picked this one up at the library.
For teens — Intentions by Deborah Heiligman (Knopf).
There were also four honor books named for 2013:
The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss, illustrated by Alexi Natchev (Holiday House)
Zayde Comes To Live by Sheri Sinykin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner (Peachtree Publishers). This one really made me smile since Sheri and I know each other online.
The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler, illustrated by Carol Liddiment (Albert Whitman & Company)
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick).
Check these books out and see what award winning authors have to offer young readers then set your sights just as high.