Thursday, January 31, 2019

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be showcasing its 2019 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 10-14, 2019! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators and with the award committee leadership will appear on a variety of Jewish and literary blogs. Interviews will appear on the dates below, and will remain available to read at your own convenience.

Below is the schedule for the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!
2019 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD BLOG TOUR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019
Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky, author and illustrator of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Out of the Box at the Horn Book
Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPr√©, author and illustrator of Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers Category
At A Fuse #8 Production at School Library Journal
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Jonathan Auxier, author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers Category
At The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council
Jane Breskin Zalben and Mehrdokht Amini, author and illustrator of A Moon for Moe and Mo
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers Category
At 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal


The Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA's Youth Media Awards
At the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Blog
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Teen Readers Category
At Good Reads with Ronna
Elissa Brent Weissman, author of The Length of a String
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At Mr Schu Reads


Susan Kusel & Rebecca Levitan, leadership of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
At The Children's Book Podcast
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Vesper Stamper, author of What the Night Sings
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category
At Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Erica Perl, author of All Three Stooges
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah
Reflections on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA at Susan Kusel's Blog

10th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Blog Tour at The Book of Life


Monday, January 28, 2019

The 2019 Sydney Taylor Book & Manuscript Award Winners

Susan Kusel and Harry the Dirty Dog
with the 2019 Gold and Silver Medalist STBA titles
 
Susan Kusel is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us by Skype from her home in Falls Church, VA. to talk about the 2019 winners of the award (and so did her dog Harry). 

This year's Sydney Taylor Book Awards are being announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference in Seattle, WA during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 28, 2019 at 8am PT. You can watch a live webcast here (and check back later for a recording).

Here's the official Sydney Taylor Book Award announcement with the full list of winners, honors, and notable books: click here

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour will take place February 10-14, 2019. For details, click here.

The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award was mentioned in the podcast: click here.  

AJL's "Love Your Neighbor" booklist series was mentioned too: click here

The National Jewish Book Award winners from the Jewish Book Council have also been announced! To see their winners, click here

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CREDITS:

Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel  
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   

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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays: A Writing Symposium

The Highlights Foundation Campus

Highlights Magazine was a staple of waiting rooms when I was a kid. I loved to read the stories and solve the puzzles, and I always looked for The Timbertoes comics. Today, Highlights is still going strong with magazines for children of all ages and a strong digital presence. There is also a Highlights Foundation, which sponsors workshops to help authors and illustrators hone their craft.

"Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays: Who Are We and What Are We Writing?" is a symposium for Jewish children's literature, welcoming novelists and publishing professionals to Honesdale, PA, March 15-18, 2019. (Click here for info on scholarships.) A stellar faculty will lead discussions on issues both practical and philosophical. For this episode of The Book of Life, we've gathered four of those faculty members for our own discussion:
  • Adam Gidwitz, author of The Inquisitor's Tale, the Grimm series of books and podcasts, and The Unicorn Rescue Society series. He last appeared on The Book of Life in January 2017.
  • Susan Kusel, author of the forthcoming Capital Magic, synagogue librarian, and chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. She last appeared on The Book of Life in January 2018.
  • Katherine Locke, author of the Red Balloon novels. She last appeared on The Book of Life in October 2018.
  • Rena Rossner, literary agent and author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood. This is her first appearance on The Book of Life.

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CREDITS:

Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel  
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   

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