2023 Ballot #1



We created The Sydney Taylor Shmooze in 2020, so this is our third year of mock award voting. In our first two seasons the ballots listed every book reviewed that year, which was unwieldy. Additionally, results were impacted by plural voting and authors campaigning for votes. To address those issues, this year we have selected our top ten books in each age category, and voters will be asked to sign into their Gmail accounts in order to register their votes, so that each person can only vote once.

The selections we offer are based on our personal preferences and our professional judgement as active advocates of Jewish youth literature and past chairs of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. Our choices, and your votes, have no connection to or impact on the Real Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.

Anyone may vote for the 2023 Mock Sydney Taylor Book Awards (except for current members of AJL's Sydney Taylor Book Award committee). Voters may select one title in each of three categories (Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult). Please vote for the titles you think are most worthy of receiving the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Criteria are here: https://www.sydneytaylorshmooze.com/p/criteria.html. To read reviews of all titles on the ballot, please see: https://www.sydneytaylorshmooze.com/2023/01/2023-mock-sydney-taylor-book-awards.html


  • Monday-Friday, January 9-13, 2023 - Round 1 voting
  • Monday-Friday, January 16-20, 2023 - Round 2 voting
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 - Mock Award results announced
  • Monday, January 30, 2023 - Real Award winners announced
  • Monday, January 30, 2023 - Exclusive interview with Real Awards Chair on The Book of Life Podcast
  • February, 2023 - Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour



  1. Some of the choices given were questionable. And, certain books with stellar reviews were left out. Which makes me wonder what actual criteria was being followed. Thank goodness The Sydney Taylor Mock Book Award is a 'mock' award!

  2. trying to vote but it keeps saying that I need to sign in. How do I sign in? Thanks


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