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May is Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Check out the winners of this year's Sydney Taylor Book Awards, which are presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Madame Alexander : the creator of the iconic American doll
Madame Alexander : the creator of the iconic American doll
by Susan Goldman Rubin

2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Picture Book
 
Vividly brings to life the inspiring story of feminist entrepreneur Beatrice Alexander, who grew up fixing and making dolls, then founded the Madame Alexander doll company after WWII, creating some of the first plastic and collectible dolls that never break. 
Shoham's bangle
Shoham's bangle
by Sarah Sassoon
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Picture Book
 
When Shoham's family emigrates from Iraq to Israel, Nana Aziza gives Shoham a way to remember where she came from.
Raquela's seder
Raquela's seder
by Joel Edward Stein
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Picture Book
 
Longing to celebrate a Passover seder but prohibited from doing so in Inquisition-era Spain, Raquela gets her wish thanks to her clever papa who creates a unique celebration. 
Big dreams, small fish
Big dreams, small fish
by Paula Cohen

2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Picture Books
 
When the opportunity arises, Shirley, the daughter of immigrants who live above their corner grocery store, turns some overlooked gefilte fish into a marketing strategy that changes the flavor of the neighborhood
The Very Best Sukkah : A Story from Uganda
The Very Best Sukkah : A Story from Uganda
by Shoshana Nambi
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Picture Books
 
Decorating their sukkah, the hut where her family will celebrate Sukkot, Shoshi hopes their sukkah will win the Ugandan Abayudaya community's annual contest but instead learns that everyone wins when neighbors work together. 
Sitting shiva
Sitting shiva
by Erin Silver
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Picture Books
 
A little girl grieves the loss of her mother, but she can't grieve alone. When her friends and family arrive at her house to sit shiva, laden with cakes and stories, she refuses to come downstairs. But the laughter and memories gradually bring her into the fold, where she is comforted by her community. By the end of the book, she feels stronger and more nourished, and she understands the beautiful tradition. Then, when sees her father sitting alone, she is able to comfort him in his time of need. Sitting Shiva is a beautiful, heartfelt story about grief and loss, but also about comfort and community. It shows that no matter what religion you practice, we are all more similar than we are different. A note from the author explains the ritual of sitting shiva, a seven-day period of mourning for the death of a family member observed in Jewish homes.
The tower of life : how Yaffa Eliach rebuilt her town in stories and photographs
The tower of life : how Yaffa Eliach rebuilt her town in stories and photographs
by Chana Stiefel
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Picture Books
 
After Nazi soldiers invaded her Polish town, erasing nearly 3,500 Jewish souls, Yaffa made it her life's mission to recover thousands of her town's photographs from around the world, building her amazing TOWER OF LIFE, a permanent exhibit in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 
Alias Anna : Zhanna Arshanskaya: a biography in verse : a true story of outwitting the Nazis
Alias Anna : Zhanna Arshanskaya: a biography in verse : a true story of outwitting the Nazis
by Susan Hood
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Middle Grade
 
This thrilling nonfiction novel in verse brings to life the true story of a young Ukrainian Jewish girl using the alias Anna whose extraordinary piano-playing skills allowed her and her sister to outwit the Nazis and hide in plain sight. 
The woman who split the atom : Lise Meitner
The woman who split the atom : Lise Meitner
by Marissa Moss
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Middle Grade
 
This riveting story of the Jewish physicist who, after overcoming adversity, anti-Semitism and sexism, made a discovery that rocked the world. Includes an afterword, author's note, timeline, select terms of physics, glossary of scientists mentioned, endnotes, select bibliography, index and Marissa Moss' celebrated drawings throughout.
Honey and me
Honey and me
by Meira Drazin

2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Middle Grade
 
When eleven-year-old Milla's best friend Honey joins her school for sixth grade Milla finds herself in her friend's shadow, but as the year progresses through the Jewish holidays Milla tries to cope with the tensions and the dramas of school--including the death of a beloved teacher.
Black bird, blue road
Black bird, blue road
by Sofiya Pasternack

2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Middle Grade
 
To save her sick twin brother from the Angel of Death by taking him to find doctors who can cure him, Ziva accidentally frees a half-demon boy instead, who leads them to a fabled city where no one dies. 
Ellen outside the lines
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Middle Grade

When a school trip to Barcelona to reconnect with her best friend doesn’t go as planned, Ellen, a neurodivergent 13-year-old, must expand her horizons as she makes new friends and learns to let go of old ones. 
Aviva vs. the Dybbuk
Aviva vs. the Dybbuk
by Mari Lowe
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Middle Grade
 
As tensions escalate in the Jewish community of Beacon with incidents of vandalism and a swastika carved into new concrete poured near the synagogue, so does the tension grow between Aviva and Kayla and the girls at their school, and so do the actions of the dybbuk grow worse. Could real harm be coming Aviva's way? And is it somehow related to the 'accident' that took her father years ago?
Ethel's song : Ethel Rosenberg's life in poems
Ethel's song : Ethel Rosenberg's life in poems
by Barbara Krasner
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Adults
 
In 1953, Ethel Rosenberg, a devoted wife and loving mother, faces the electric chair. People say she's a spy, a Communist, a traitor, a red. How did she get here? In a series of heart-wrenching poems, Ethel tells her story. The child of Jewish immigrants, Ethel Greenglass grows up on New York City's Lower East Side. She dreams of being an actress and a singer but finds romance and excitement in the arms of the charming Julius Rosenberg. Both are ardent supporters of rights for workers, but are they spies? Who is passing atomic secrets to the Soviets? Why does everyone seem out to get them? 
The ghosts of Rose Hill
The ghosts of Rose Hill
by R. M. Romero
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Adults
 
Staying with her aunt in Prague, aspiring violinist Ilana finds a forgotten Jewish cemetery where she meets a kindhearted ghost named Benjamin who introduces her to the enchanted side of the city where she resolves to save the boy she loves. 
My fine fellow
My fine fellow
by Jennieke Cohen
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Young Adults
 
In 1830s England, where the Culinarians, who create gorgeous food and confections, are the creme de la cremme of high society, three individuals combine forces to pull off a delectable caper that will bring them fame, fortune--and a little romance. 
Some Kind of Hate
Some Kind of Hate
by Sarah Darer Littman
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Young Adults
 
Fueled by rage, believing white kids like him are being denied opportunities because others are manipulating the system, Declan decides to fight back, but when things turn deadly, he must decide just how far he'll go and what he's willing to sacrifice.
Eight nights of flirting
Eight nights of flirting
by Hannah Reynolds
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Honor for Young Adults
 
Determined to have a boyfriend this Hanukkah, Shira Barbanel, an absolute disaster at flirting, makes a deal with her nemesis-slash-former-crush: flirting lessons in exchange for career connections, but when things don't go as planned, she must learn to trust her heart. 
When the angels left the old country
When the angels left the old country
by Sacha Lamb
 
2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adults
 
When a young emigrant from their tiny village goes missing while heading to America, angel Uriel and demon Little Ash set off to find her and encounter many humans in need of their help as they face obstacles ahead of them as difficult as what they've left behind.
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