For the first time since 2004, The Association of Jewish Libraries named a recipient in January, 2018, for the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award: Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library.
Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series, the award recognizes books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.
From the award announcement: “PJ Library, a project of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is a family engagement program that sends free books celebrating Jewish values and culture to families with children six months through eight years old. This program has revolutionized the field of Jewish children’s literature by providing dramatically improved access to Jewish books for families. It has also significantly increased the publication of children’s books with Jewish content. The Body of Work Award has been given 12 times in the 50-year history of the Sydney Taylor Awards. The last recipient was author Eric Kimmel in 2004.”
Here in Greater Vancouver PJ Library is administered in partnership with Jewish Federation, supported by the annual campaign and special gifts from donors, and provides books and music to over 900 children who have Judaism as part of their lives.
For more information about The PJ Library, including how to enrol your children or grandchildren, please visit jewishvancouver.com/pjlibrary.