2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The Association of Jewish Libraries has announced the winners and honor books for the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards that go to books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.


For Younger Readers

Hannah's Way

Hannah’s Way by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Adam Gustavson


For Older Readers

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg

His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden


For Teens


Intentions by Deborah Heiligman



For Younger Readers

Zayde Comes to Live 

Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner

The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss, illustrated by Alexi Natchev


For Older Readers

The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan

The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan by Ann Redisch Stampler, illustrated by Carol Liddiment


For Teen Readers

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

Beyond Couraage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport



For Younger Readers

Sadie and the Big Mountain The Schmutzy Family 

Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg, illustrated by Paul Meisel

A Song for My Sister Speak Up, Tommy! A Sweet Passover
A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Speak Up, Tommy! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene, illustrated by Deborah Melmon
A Sweet Passover by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by David Slonim

For Older Readers

 Looking for Me Sami's Sleepaway Summer

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal
Sami’s Sleepaway Summer by Jenny Myerhoff

Small Medium at Large The Whole Story of Half a Girl
Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy
Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

For Teens

The Last Song Now (Once, #3) Rachel's Secret

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman
Now by Morris Gleitzman
Rachel’s Secret by Shelly Sanders