The 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Revealed!


    🕮    Rebecca Levitan is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us to discuss the 2020 winners of the award, which annually recognizes the best Jewish literature for children and teens.

This is the second year that the Sydney Taylor Book Awards will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference, being held this year in Philadelphia, PA during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 27, 2020 at 8am ET. For the first time, the Sydney Taylor Honor Books are also included in the announcement. The Association of Jewish Libraries is an ALA Affiliate. Watch a live webcast of the press conference.

Here's the official 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award press release and the full list of winners, honors, and notable books.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour will take place February 9-13, 2020. Details will appear soon at

AJL's Love Your Neighbor booklist series was mentioned during the interview.

The Book of Life's new STAND UP resource for fighting antisemitism was also mentioned.

Read Sydney Taylor Book Award committee member Sylvie Shaffer's poem, "How to Read for the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee... A Self Care Poem?"

For a longer discussion of the issue touched upon in this episode, that of the balance between the Holocaust and other topics within Jewish children's literature, see this article from Tablet Magazine.

The National Jewish Book Award winners from the Jewish Book Council have also been announced! Their winners included Sydney Taylor Honor Book Gittel's Journey and Sydney Taylor Book Award winner Someday We Will Fly.


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Michelle said…
Oh yeah, now I'm finding your blog through MCBD! I loved White Bird but hadn't yet heard of the Book Rescuer. That's a must purchase and a great book to share with our religious school kids. Thanks for taking part in Multicultural Children's Book Day!