Spanish Book Fair, Sydney Taylor Awards, Charlotte Zolotow Award

BPLGBibliotecas Para La Gente is sponsoring  the 2014 Spanish Book Fair on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 9am to 4pm at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA.  Spanish language books, DVDs, and CDS will be on sale, for children, teens, and adults.  Questions? Contact Vendors scheduled to appear include:

Bilingual Publications Co.


Lectorum Publications

Let’s Read in Spanish!


Lorito Books

Madera Vide

Noda AudioVisual

Tomo Books

VIP Learning

Longest NightSydney Taylor Book Awards

Presented by The Association of Jewish Libraries, The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.

Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien, author and illustrator of The Longest Night:  A Passover Story, Patricia Polacco author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup, and Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters:  How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, are the 2014 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Snyder and Chien will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Readers category for The Longest Night:  A Passover Story, published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Written in gentle verse, the tumultuous days leading up to the Jews’ flight from Egypt are described from the perspective of an unnamed slave girl in this beautifully illustrated story. It provides a unique introduction to the Passover holiday for young readers in an honest, but age-appropriate way.

Blessing CupThe gold medal in the Older Readers category will be presented to Patricia Polacco for The Blessing Cup, a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this prequel to The Keeping Quilt, Polacco shares the story of a treasured family heirloom. The miraculous journey from the shtetl to America of the remaining teacup from a china tea set, deliberately left behind when her Jewish ancestors were forced to leave Czarist Russia, will strike an emotional chord with readers. In 1988, The Keeping Quilt was the Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers.

Nazi HuntersNeal Bascomb will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen Readers category for The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic.  A stunning account of the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann by an elite team of Israeli spies is dramatically brought to life by Neal Bascomb.

Sydney Taylor Honor Books selected for 2014:

Younger Readers:

●      Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londoner with illustrations by Martha Avillés

●      Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov with illustrations by Cosei Kawa.

(both by Kar-Ben, a division of Lerner Publishing Group)

Older Readers:

●      The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson

(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

●      Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas

(Scholastic Canada)

Teen Readers:

●      Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati

(Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide)

●      The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax with illustrations by Caryl Strzelecki and translated by Laura Watkinson

(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers).

Gold and silver medalists will be participating in a blog tour beginning February 16, 2014.  For more information about the blog tour please visit

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated thirteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2014. More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at

DarkCharlotte Zolotow Book Award

The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Little Brown), is the winner of the seventeenth annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will be presented in Madison this spring.

The 2014 Zolotow Award committee named five Honor Books:  Building Our House, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean, edited by Wes Adams, and published by Farrar Straux Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood, written by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, edited by Joanna Cardenas, and published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers Group; Sophie’s Squash, written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, edited by Anne Schwartz and Lee Wade, and published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House Penguin LLC; This Is the Rope, written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome, edited by Nancy Paulsen, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers Group; and The Year of the Jungle, written by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos, edited by Kate Egan and Emily Seife and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

The 2014 Zolotow Award committee also cited seven titles as Highly Commended:   Big Snow written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar Straus Giroux / Macmillan); Max and the Tag-Along Moon written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Philomel / Penguin Young Readers Group); My Blue Is Happy written by Jessica Young and illustrated by Catia Chien (Candlewick Press); Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan); The Silver Button written and illustrated by Bob Graham (U.S. edition: Candlewick Press); Stripes of All Types written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale (Peachtree); and When No One Is Watching written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by David A. Johnson (Eerdman’s).

The award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children in the birth through seven age range published in the United States in the preceding year.  The Cooperative Children’s Book Center is a noncirculating library for adults with a professional, career or academic interest in children’s and young adult literature.  The Friends of the CCBC, Inc., is a nonprofit organization offering lectures, speaker receptions, book sales and other benefits for members, as well as assistance to the CCBC.

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