Openings on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee with winning authors and illustrators

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is like the Newbery Medal of Jewish children's literature. As past Chair of the award committee, I am excited to announce that there will soon be three openings for Jewish kidlit lovers. To learn how to apply for a position on this prestigious committee, please read this announcement from current Chair Aimee Lurie: 

Dear Friends: 

Three positions on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning January 1, 2014.

Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines. 

Committee members are expected to attend annual conventions and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation. The term of membership on the Committee is four years.  Each committee member typically receives more than $1,500 in books for review each year, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library. 

Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging, but it also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.
Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with other committee members through regular e-mail.  Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required. 

To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Aimee Lurie, Committee Chair, at

Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013.  

Aimee Lurie, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
The Association of Jewish Libraries