#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List: Jewish Heritage Month

Along with everything else, May is Jewish Heritage Month, and so we thought we’d highlight some of the many books by and about Jewish people that we’ve had nominated over the past few years. (I’m using the Sidney Taylor Award as a guide, in case you’d like a longer list of excellent Jewish books).

Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition; A True Story of Courage
by Mary Cronk Farrell (Adapter), Tilar J. Mazzeo (Author)
Margaret K. McElderry

2016 nominee, Junior High Nonfiction

Anna and the Swallow Man
by Gavriel Savit
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

2016 nominee, Young Adult Fiction

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Dutton Juvenile

2016 nominee, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction; 2016 winner, Audiobooks

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Simon & Schuster

2016 Nominee, Middle Grade Nonfiction

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Harry N Abrams

2017 Nominee, Elementary Nonfiction

The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe
Henry Holt & Co.

2017 Nominee, Young Adult Fiction

by Alan Gratz

2017 finalist, Middle Grade Fiction

Anne Frank’s Diary
by Anne Frank, adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky

2018 Finalist, Young Adult Graphic Novels

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
by Jonathan Auxier
Harry N Abrams

2018 Finalist, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust
by Albert Marrinr
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

2019 Nominee, Senior High Nonfiction

The New Queer Conscience
by Adam Eli, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
Penguin Workshop

2020 nominee, High School Nonfiction

Dancing at the Pity Party
by Tyler Feder
Dial Books

2020 Nominee, Young Adult Graphic Novels

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail
by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

2020 Nominee, Fiction Picture Books

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Eugene Yelchin
Candlewick Press

2021 Finalist, Middle Grade Nonfiction

The City Beautiful
by Aden Polydoros
Inkyard Press

2021 finalist, Young Adult Speculative Fiction

The Passover Guest
by Susan Kusel, illustrated by Sean Rubin
Neal Porter Books

2021 Nominee, Fiction Picture Books