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[+ Marks winners of the AJL Sydney Taylor Book Award for Children ]


BIBLE STORIES      (in order of appearance)
Lester When the Beginning Began
Swartz In Our Image: God's First Creatures
Gerstein Noah and the Great Flood
Janisch Noah's Ark
Lenski Mr. and Mrs. Noah
Singer Why Noah Chose the Dove
Wildsmith Joseph
Gormley Miriam
Rosenfeld A Little Girl Named Miriam
Gerstein Jonah and the Two Great Fish
Renberg King Solomon and the Bee
Gelman Queen Esther Saves Her People
Manushkin Daughters of Fire
Ross Daughters of Eve
Seeger Turn! Turn! Turn!


BIOGRAPHY
+ Reef Sigmund Freund: Pioneer of the Mind
Rubin Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin


COMMANDMENTS AND ETHICS
Feinstein Tough Questions Jews Ask
+ Kimmel Gershon's Monster
Kornblatt Understanding Buddy
Nerlove Ten Commandments for Jewish Children
Prose You Never Know
+ Schur The Peddler's Gift


FAMILY
+ Geras My Grandmother's Stories
Hautzig A Picture of Grandmother


FOLKTALES
Fowler The Bachelor and the Bean
Hirsh Could Anything Be Worse?
+ Jaffe The Uninvited Guest
Prose Dybbuk: A Story Made In Heaven
Schwartz A Coat for the Moon and Other Jewish Tales
Schwartz Invisible Kingdoms: Jewish Tales of Angels, Spirits and Demons


HOLIDAYS (grouped in Jewish holiday order, then alphabetically by author)
ANTHOLOGIES
Fishman\Hall Holiday Series
Topek Noah Stories
Kimmelman Sing, Dance, Remember
Schwartz The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic

SHABBAT
Herman How Yussel Caught the Gefilte Fish
Jaffe Tales for the Seventh Day: A Collection of Sabbath Stories
Schur Day of Delight
+ Schwartz Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath Candlesticks
Schwartz & Rush The Sabbath Lion
Wasserman Too Much of A Good Thing

HIGH HOLIDAYS
Goldin World's Birthday
Silverman When the Chickens Went on Strike
+ Cohen Yussel's Prayer
Siegel The Magic of Kol Nidre

SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH
Goldin Night Lights
Lepon Hillel Builds a House
Polacco Tikvah Means Hope
+ Rael When Zayde Danced on Eldridge Street

HANUKKAH
Chaikin Alexandra's Scroll: Story of the First Hanukkah
Cohn The Christmas Menorahs
Feder Judah Who Always Said No
Kimmel Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Kimmel When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
Newman Runaway Dreidel
Zalben The Magic Menorah

PURIM
Schotter Purim Play
Silverman Raisel's Riddle

PASSOVER
Cohen Carp in the Bathtub
Howland The Matzah Man
Hildebrandt This Is Our Seder
Medoff The Mouse in the Matzah Factory


HOLOCAUST
Bunting One Candle
Deedy The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Frank Diary of a Young Girl
Hest Love You, Soldier
+ Levine Hana's Suitcase
Levitin Journey to America
+ Lowry Number the Stars
Maguire The Good Liar
Patz Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?
+ Stillerman Nine Spoons
+ Vos The Key is Lost
+ Yolen The Devil's Arithmetic


IMMIGRATION & ASSIMILATION IN JEWISH LIFE IN AMERICA
Altman The Legend of Freedom Hill
Bierman Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America
Cohen Molly's Pilgrim
Ducharme The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin
+ Hesse Letters From Rifka
Hest When Jessie Came Across the Sea
Hirschfelder Photo Odyssey: Solomon Carvalho's Remarkable Western Adventure
Lasky Dreams of the Golden Country
Levitin The Singing Mountain
Matas The War Within
+ Rael Rivka's First Thanksgiving
+ Rosen Speed of Light
Ross Buba Leah and her Paper Children
+ Taylor All-of-a-Kind Family Series


ISRAEL
Alexander Behold the Trees
Carmi Samir and Yonaton
Edwards Chicken Man
Manushkin Come, Let Us Be Joyful: The Story of Hava Nagila
Miklowitz Masada: The Last Fortress
Rouss Sammy Spider's First Trip to Israel
Silverman Israel: The Founding of a Modern Nation
Waldman Two Brothers
Waldman The Never-Ending Greeness


LIFE CYCLES
+ Sofer Shalom Haver
Wilkowski Baby's Bris


YIDDISH TAM / HUMOR
Fagan The Market Wedding
+ Gilman Something from Nothing
+ Hershenhorn Chicken Soup by Heart
+ Oberman Always Prayer Shawl
+ Polacco Keeping Quilt: 10th Anniversary Ed.
Prose Angel's Mistake: Stories of Chelm
Rael What Zessie Saw on Delancey Street
Tabach Joseph Had A Little Overcoat


Prepared by Ellen G. Cole, Librarian, Levine Library, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA;
President, AJLSC; Past Chair, AJL Sydney Taylor Book Awards Committee; Co-Editor, Children's Literature, AJL Newsletter. Revised November 2003.