The 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Awards


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Rebecca Levitan is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us to discuss the 2021 winners of the award, which annually recognizes the best Jewish literature for children and teens.

AJL is an affiliate of the American Library Association, so the Sydney Taylor Book Awards are announced at ALA's Youth Media Awards press conference, being held virtually this year on January 25, 2021. You can watch a recording of the announcement on ALA's YouTube channel.

Here's the official 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award press release and the printable list of winners, honors, and notable books.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour will take place February 8-12, 2021. Details will appear soon at

We also spoke about AJL's Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. The 2021 winner is Cats and Honey Cake by Sonja Spear.

We mentioned AJL's new Holiday Highlights recommended reading list, which recognizes the best juvenile Jewish holiday books as they are coming out. The inaugural list has been published, recognizing four titles being published in Spring 2021. You can read the press release HERE.

You can watch a YouTube video of Rebecca Levitan, Susan Kusel, and Heidi Rabinowitz on AJL Presents: The Sydney Taylor Real and Mock Book Awards.

In the introduction I brought up Susan Kusel's interview on Kidlit These Days with Matthew Winner, in which she offers guidance for teaching children about the Holocaust. You can hear the episode Remembrance on Book Riot.

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