Monday, February 11, 2019

Book awards and blog tours!

So we picked some winners (and honors and notables). It was fun! I learned a lot about books and awards and what makes the former deserve the latter, and about Jewish history and diversity, and about my own thoughts on the role of Jewish books in the larger diverse-books conversation. It was especially meaningful to start my term on the Sydney Taylor committee in the first year the award was included in the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement, along with other deserving affiliate awards.

Being on the committee feels full-circle for me because of a strong personal connection with Sydney Taylor's books; I've learned this year that such connections are more common than I realized. Case in point: Younger Readers Category winner All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, an original story about Sydney Taylor's characters that satisfies even the most loyal of AoaKF superfans. I interviewed author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky for the Horn Book's Out of the Box blog as part of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour, and the care they put into every detail of the book is clear from their answers.

The STBA Blog Tour continues all week, all over the Internet:


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019
Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky, author and illustrator of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Out of the Box at the Horn Book

Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré, author and illustrator of Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers Category
At A Fuse #8 Production at School Library Journal

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Jonathan Auxier, author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Older Readers Category
At The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council

Jane Breskin Zalben and Mehrdokht Amini, author and illustrator of A Moon for Moe and Mo
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Younger Readers Category
At 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal

The Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA's Youth Media Awards
At the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Blog

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Teen Readers Category
At Good Reads with Ronna

Elissa Brent Weissman, author of The Length of a String
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At Mr. Schu Reads

Susan Kusel & Rebecca Levitan, leadership of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
At The Children's Book Podcast

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Vesper Stamper, author of What the Night Sings
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category
At Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Erica Perl, author of All Three Stooges
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Older Readers Category
At From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah

Reflections on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA at Susan Kusel's Blog

10th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour at The Book of Life


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