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The Book of Life is an interview-format podcast about Jewish kidlit, mostly, with occasional coverage of YA/adult books, music, film and web,  established in December 2005. Host Heidi Rabinowitz is a Judaica librarian at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, FL, and the podcast reveals the backstory of materials that might be found in a synagogue library like Heidi's. As director of the Feldman Children's Library at B'nai Israel, Heidi focuses on material aimed at youth, but the podcast does cover a range of subject matter for all ages. If you are a creator of Jewish books, music, film, or web content, please see our submission guidelines.

Jan 23, 2019

Susan Kusel is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us by Skype from her home in Falls Church, VA. to talk about the 2019 winners of the award (and so did her dog Harry). 

This year's Sydney Taylor Book Awards are being announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference in Seattle, WA during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 28, 2019 at 8am PT. You can watch a live webcast here (and check back later for a recording).

Here's the official Sydney Taylor Book Award announcement with the full list of winners, honors, and notable books: click here

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour will take place February 10-14, 2019. For details, click here.

The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award was mentioned in the podcast: click here.  

AJL's "Love Your Neighbor" booklist series was mentioned too: click here


The National Jewish Book Award winners from the Jewish Book Council have also been announced! To see their winners, click here