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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Syd Lieberman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1944 in Chicago

Died: May 12, 2015

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Illinois Connection

Lieberman was a Chicago native. He grew up in the Albany Park neighborhood and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1962. After graduating from college, he taught English at New Trier High School for two years and Evanston High School for 30 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Syd Lieberman was an internationally acclaimed storyteller and an award-winning teacher and author. He published two books and produced 15 CD's, receiving awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, and Storytelling World. A teacher for over 30 years, Lieberman was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award by the Chicago's Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching. In 2013, he was given a lifetime achievement award for his work as a storyteller the National Storytelling Network.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Streets and Alleys (American Storytelling)
ISBN: 0874834244

August House. 2006

Syd Lieberman grew up in Albany Park, a Jewish neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. During his childhood, Eastern European immigrants bet with Feldman, the Jewish handicapper from the Sun-Times. Teenagers descended like locusts on the old Terminal Theater on Friday nights. Families frequented Riverview, then the world's largest amusement park. And his father, Shmulky, played cards at night in the neighborhood cigar store, until dawn or until he was broke, whichever came first.

The Wise Shoemaker of Studena
ISBN: 0827605099

Jewish Pubn Society. 1994

When Yossi, a shoemaker respected for the wisdom of his advice, is invited to the wedding of the richest merchant in Budapest and then turned away because of his clothes, Yossi finds a way to teach the merchant a lesson


  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network, 2013
  • ''Joseph the Tailor'' was selected to be sent to every elementary school in the nation as part of IBM and Good Housekeeping's ''Tell-Me-a-Tale Celebration''.
  • Seven Notable Children's Recording awards from the American Library Association
  • Three Gold Awards from Storytelling World Magazine
  • Two Gold Awards from Parents' Choice