2017 BEST JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Good News! I heard the Association of Jewish Libraries proudly announce its coveted Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2017 for the most distinguished contributions to Jewish children’s literature. Winners are a smashing biography, a clever medieval adventure and a haunting, mysterious holocaust novel. These winners are also recipients of this year’s National Jewish Book Awards as winners or finalists.
Winners receive cash prizes from the estate of Sydney Taylor, author of the All-of-a-Kind-Family series, at the AJL convention in New York City in June. Taylor’s success created American Jewish children’s literature. Librarian Ellen Cole recommends these special books. Winners, Honors, Notables and All-of-a-Kind-Family series are in the Library for you.
The 2017 Younger Readers winner is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. Grab-your-attention art and empathetic text produce a lively, entertaining and role modeling view of our second female Supreme Court Justice. Dissent need not be disagreeable and can even change the world!
THERE ARE FOUR HONOR WINNERS IN TWO CATEGORIES:
PICTURE BOOKS:Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Edel Rodriques, illustrator A Hat For Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards, G. Brian Karas, illustrator
Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, illustrators.
There are 10 Notable Books in the three categories. Please contact the Levine Library for this list.