WINNERS! 2021 Mock Sydney Taylor Book Award


We are pleased to announce the first-ever Mock Sydney Taylor Book Awards! The top Jewish juvenile books published in 2020 were chosen by popular vote, and over 1000 votes were cast. Thank you to the many people who helped us select these titles! Click on the links to read the reviews.


Mock Winner: The Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica Perl

Mock Honor: I Have a Jewish Name by Rochel Vorst

Mock Notable: Sadie's Shabbat Stories by Melissa Stoller


Mock Winner: Fish Out of Water by Joanne Levy 

Mock Honor: Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Mock Notable:  A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine


Mock Winner: The Assignment by Liza Weimer

Mock Honor: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Mock Notable: Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder


The Real Sydney Taylor Book Awards will be announced on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards event. Tune in live at 9am ET at or watch later on ALA's YouTube channel. Won't it be interesting to see how close the Mock Awards come to guessing what books win the Real Award?


  1. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to all who put their hearts out there through their writing.


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