Obituaries, new Briefings, and Sydney Taylor Awards

The latest issue of the California Library Association youth services interest group’s “Briefings” Newsletter is now available: .

sunshineAuthor/Illustrator Jan Ormerod Dies, Age 67:  Australian-born author and illustrator Jan Ormerod died in Cambridge, England, on January 23 after a long illness. She was 67. Ormerod’s first picture book, Sunshine (1981), won the Mother Goose Award and was voted Australian Picture Book of the Year. She published more than 50 books in her lifetime; other notable titles included MoonlightGoodbye MousieMiss Mouse’s Day, Lizzie NonsenseWater Witcher, and 101 Things to Do with a Baby!  For more information, see: .

HousethatjackANTONIO FRASCONI dies at the age of 93:  Antonio Frasconi, who died on Jan. 8 at 93, illustrated more than 100 books, and his work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian. His woodcuts appeared on album and magazine covers, holiday cards, calendars and posters, and in exhibitions around the world. Several of his children’s books won awards, including the
Caldecott Honor book The House That Jack Built/La Maison que Jacques a Batie (Harcourt, 1958). In 1963 he designed a stamp to honor the centennial of the National Academy of Sciences. For more information, see: .

Editor Nina Ignatowicz Dies: Children’s book editor Nina Ignatowicz died on January 19 after a brief illness. She was 75. Ignatowicz began her career in children’s books in 1961, when she was hired by Susan Hirschman to be the receptionist for Harper Junior Books. She spent three decades at Harper, 15 as editorial director of the Harper & Row imprint. She was responsible for the growth of the I Can Read list and worked with Syd Hoff, Peggy Parish, Crosby Bonsall, Elizabeth Winthrop, Emily McCully, Mary Chalmers, and Joan Sandin, among many others. Ignatowicz moved to Clarion Books in 1991 and then to Henry Holt in 1999, as executive editor. She became editor-at-large for Holt in 2002 and retired at the end of 2007. Check out: .

2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award

Hannah's WayLinda Glaser and Adam Gustavson, author and illustrator of Hannah’s Way, Louise Borden author of His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, and Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions, are the 2013 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the School, Synagogue and Community Center Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas this June.

Four Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2013: The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss with illustrations by Alexi Natchev (Holiday House) and Zayde Comes To Live written by Sheri Sinykinand illustrated by Kristina Swarner (Peachtree Publishers) are recognized in the Younger Readers category. The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler with illustrations by Carol Liddiment (Albert Whitman & Company)garnered recognition as an Honor Book for Older Readers. For Teen Readers, the honor goes to Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick).

In addition to the medal-winners, the Award Committee designated thirteenNotable Books of Jewish Content for 2013. More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at


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