2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

The Association of Jewish Libraries has announced the winners of the their 2012 awards that honor “new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.”  Here are the winners and honor books:


Younger Readers

Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda for Chanukah Lights

Older Readers

Susan Goldman Rubin for Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein

Teen Readers

Robert Sharenow for The Berlin Boxing Club



Younger Readers


Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Holly Meade

Around the World in One Shabbat by Durga Yael Bernhard


Older Readers


Lily Renee, Escape Artist: from Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins, illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer

Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan, illustrated by Ron Mazellan


Teen Readers


Then by Morris Gleitzman

The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick



Younger Readers


Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules with illustrations by Debbie Melmon

The Golem’s Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Aaron Jasinski


Joseph and the Sabbath Fish by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Martina Peluso

Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold with illustrations by Julie Fortenberry


The Shabbat Princess by Amy Meltzer with illustrations by Martha Aviles

Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Zachary Pullen


The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock with illustrations by Melanie Hall

I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding during World War II by Marisabina Russo


Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman with illustrations by Manon Gauthtier

One Little Chicken by Elka Weber with illustrations by Elisa Kleven

Notable Books for Older Readers:


The Mishkan: Its Structure and Its Sacred Vessels by Rabbi Avrohom Biderman

Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin

The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough with illustrations by Heather Maione


When Life Gives You OJ by Erica S. Perl

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin with illustrations by Bill Fransworth

Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson


Notable Books for Teens:


OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul Janeczko