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JPS is Proud to Announce its Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners!

January 13, 2010

The Jewish Publication Society is proud to share the news that three of its books and their authors were just named recipients of the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible by Ellen Frankel, illustrated by Avi Katz was named a 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book for Readers of All Ages. Frankel tailored 53 Bible stories that delights and educates today’s young readers. Using the 1985 JPS translation (NJPS) of the Hebrew Bible as her foundation, Frankel retains much of the Bible’s original wording and simple narrative style as she incorporates her own storytelling technique, free of personal interpretation or commentary. “She succeeds in creating an age-appropriate interpretation of the most intriguing and familiar stories that allow families to gleen the essence of Jewish teachings, ethics, and history,” commented Rita Soltan, Sydney Taylor Award Committee member.

Naomi’s Song by Selma Kritzer Silverberg was named a 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Books for Teen Readers. This young adult novel imagines the life of the biblical Naomi and her deep friendship with her daughter-in-law Ruth. Filled with adventure and romance, this modern midrash is a story of personal growth, female friendship, and the power of inner strength

Elvina’s Mirror by Sylvie Weil was named a 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book for Older Readers. Elvina’s Mirror is the tale of Rashi’s granddaughter, a young girl who defies her community to help a friend in need. Elvina’s story brings the often-ignored world of Medieval European Jewry to life for young readers.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award program began in 1968, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The award is presented each year to outstanding books for children and teens that portray the Jewish experience, and encourages the publication and use of Judaic literature.

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