Young Adult Literature

The Sydney Taylor Shmooze: A Mock Award Blog for Jewish Children’s Books

Do book awards matter? Having chaired a book award committee, I admit I’m biased, but I contend that they do matter. Book awards single out titles that excel at their craft, that carry important messages, that touch the soul. Awards offer not only prestige but credibility, showing the world that experts recognize the achievement of […]

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Multicultural Literatuer for Middle Schoolers

Multicultural Literature for Middle School

Multicultural literature is defined as literature that represents any distinct cultural group through accurate portrayal and rich detail. It can appear in a variety of genres and when presented together, portray a multitude of perspectives about the lives, culture, and contributions of each the world’s diverse cultures. Today’s post provides an annotated list of a few of my personal favorites

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