By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist
The virtual American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter concludes with the Youth Media Awards, and Kar-Ben has received two commendations from the Sydney Taylor Book Awards! Awarded annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, a division of the ALA, these awards are given to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
Miriam at the River, a picture book by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Khoa Le, has been named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, and middle-grade novel Beni’s War by Tammar Stein has been named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book! Kar-Ben Publishing®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, published both titles.
The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music, a picture book written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, and A Scarf for Keiko, a picture book written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard, were named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Notable Book, respectively. Kar-Ben Publishing®, a division of Lerner Publishing Group™, published both titles.
By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director
Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) conference. In between the whirlwind of meetings, celebrations, events, signings, and running—literally running—to and from various rooms to hear ALA celebrity librarians and authors pontificate about topics dear to us book people, I found design inspiration in some unlikely places. I also found and (finally) met in person the award-winning illustrator, R. Gregory Christie.