Winning Titles

  • 2007 – Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Greg Harlin [Younger Readers Category]
    Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda Ferber [Older Readers Category]
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [AJL Teen Book Award – new this year]
  • 2006 – Sholom’s Treasure by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein [Younger Readers Category]
    Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman [Older Readers Category]
  • 2005 – Dating system changed this year to reflect year in which award is announced instead of year of publication. Award-giving did NOT skip a year.
  • 2004 – no winner in Younger Readers Category
    Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass [Older Readers Category]
  • 2003 – Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Dusan Petricic [Younger Readers Category]
    Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat? by Nancy Patz [Older Readers Category]
  • 2002 – Chicken Soup by Heart by Esther Hershenhorn, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger [Younger Readers Category]
    Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine [Older Readers Category]
  • 2001 – Rivka’s First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski [Younger Readers Category]
    Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the Mind by Catherine Reef [Older Readers Category]
  • 2000 – Gershon’s Monster by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Jon J. Muth [Younger Readers Category]
    The Key Is Lost by Ida Vos [Older Readers Category]
  • 1999 – The Peddler’s Gift by Maxine Rose Schur, illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root [Younger Readers Category]
    Speed of Light by Sybil Rosen [Older Readers Category]
  • 1998 – Nine Spoons by Marci Stillerman, illustrated by Pesach Gerber [Younger Readers Category]
    Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli [Older Readers Category]
  • 1997 – When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street by Elsa Okon Rael, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman [Younger Readers Category]
    The Mysterious Visitor: Stories of the Prophet Elijah by Nina Jaffe, illustrated by Elivia Savadier [Older Readers Category]
  • 1996 – Shalom Haver/Goodbye Friend by Barbara Sofer [Younger Readers Category]
    When I Left My Village by Maxine Rose Schur, illustrated by Brian Pinkney [Older Readers Category]
  • 1995 – Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt [Younger Readers Category]
    Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon by Ida Vos [Older Readers Category]
  • 1994 – The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman, illustrated by Ted Lewin [Younger Readers Category]
    The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur, illustrated by Herbert Tauss [Older Readers Category]
  • 1993 – The Uninvited Guest by Nina Jaffe [Younger Readers Category]
    Sworn Enemies by Carol Matas [Older Readers Category]
  • 1992 – Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman [Younger Readers Category]
    Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse [Older Readers Category]
  • 1991 – Cakes and Miracles by Barbara Diamond Goldin, illustrated by Erika Weihs
    [Younger Readers Category]
    Daddy’s Chair by Sandy Lanton, illustrated by Shelly O. Haas [Younger Readers Category]
    The Diamond Tree by Howard Schwartz & Barbara Rush, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz [Older Readers Category]
  • 1990 – My Grandmother’s Stories by Adele Geras, illustraed by Jael Jordan [Older Readers Category]
  • 1989 – Berchick by Esther Silverstein Blanc, illustrated by Tennessee Dixon [Younger Readers Category]
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • 1988 – The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco [Younger Readers Category]
    The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

  • 1987 – The Numbers on My Grandfather’s Arm by David Adler, photos by Rose Eichenbaum [Younger Readers Category]
    The Return by Sonia Levitin
  • 1986 – Joseph Who Loved the Sabbath by Marilyn Hirsh, illustrated by Devis Grebu [Younger Readers Category]
    Beyond the High White Wall by Nancy Pitt [Older Readers Category]
  • 1985 – Brothers by Florence B. Freedman, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker [Younger Readers Category]
    Ike and Mama and the Seven Surprises by Carol Snyder [Older Readers Category]
  • 1984 – Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath Candlesticks by Amy Schwartz [Younger Readers Category]
    The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev [Older Readers Category]
  • 1983 – Bubby, Me and Memories by Barbara Pomerantz, photos by Leon Lurie [Younger Readers Category]
    In the Mouth of the Wolf by Rose Zar [Older Readers Category]
  • 1982 – The Castle on Hester Street by Linda Heller [Younger Readers Category]
    Call Me Ruth by Marilyn Sachs [Older Readers Category]
  • 1981 – Yussel’s Prayer by Barbara Cohen, illustrated by Michael J. Deraney [Younger Readers Category]
    The Night Journey by Kathryn Lasky [Older Readers Category]
  • 1980 – A Russian Farewell by Leonard Everett Fisher
  • 1979 – Ike and Mama and the Block Weddings by Carol Snyder
  • 1978 – The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel
  • 1977 – Exit from Home by Anita Heyman
  • 1976 – Never to Forget by Milton Meltzer
  • 1975 – Waiting for Mama by Marietta Miskin
  • 1974 – no award
  • 1973 – Uncle Misha’s Partisans by Yuri Suhl
  • 1972 – author Molly Cone for general contributions to Jewish children’s literature
  • 1971 – author Isaac Bashevis Singer for general contributions to Jewish children’s literature
  • 1970 – The Year by Suzanne Lange
  • 1969 – Our Eddie by Sulamith Ish-Kishor
  • 1968 – The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

The Association of Jewish Libraries provides a list of all gold and silver medalists from 1968 through 2005 at

Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award Winners

  • 2004 – Eric A. Kimmel
  • 2003 – Judye Groner & Madeleine Wikler, founders of Kar-Ben Copies
  • 1997 – Barbara Diamond Goldin
  • 1989 – Yaffa Ganz
  • 1984 – Miriam Chaikin
  • 1981 – Barbara Cohen
  • 1980 – Sadie Rose Weilerstein
  • 1979 – Marilyn Hirsh
  • 1978 – Sydney Taylor

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