Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Awards, Podcasted

AJL's Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, June 2016
January 11, 2017 was a big day for Jewish book awards - both the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Book Council announced winning titles! Many of these books have already been covered on The Book of Life podcast, and others are in the pipeline now.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers category AND the National Jewish Book Award in the Children's Literature category. Hear from author Debbie Levy in this November 2016 podcast.


The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatel Aly, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers category AND was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the Children's Literature category. Hear my interview with Adam in this January 2017 podcast.


Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy was a Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers category AND a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the Children's Literature category. Hear my interview with Joel in this December 2016 podcast.


Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, was a Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers category. Hear my interview with Rich in this October 2016 podcast.



Another Me by Eva Wiseman was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the Young Adult category for the Posner Award. The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin recorded an interview with Eva Wiseman that will be published this spring on the podcast.


 
The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz was named a Notable Book for Younger Readers by the Association of Jewish Libraries. I reviewed this title for #Readukkah 2016, and I expect to interview my friend Barbara for the podcast in the future.


Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit won the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers category AND the National Jewish Book Award's Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction AND was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award's Posner Award for Young Adult literature. While I have not yet had an opportunity to interview Gavriel, I thought it was worth pointing out the many accolades this book has received. Perhaps I will have an opportunity to interview the author in the future - watch this space!

Full lists of winners:
* 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award
* 2016 National Jewish Book Award


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