Mock Award Program
Welcome to The Sydney Taylor Shmooze Mock Award Program!
If you've explored this website, you know that the Sydney Taylor Book Awards recognize the best Jewish children's and young adult literature each January, and that our blog reviews books of Jewish content against the criteria of the award. The Mock Award Program empowers teachers, librarians, and other leaders to help groups engage with Jewish literature in a deep and critical way.
Why do a Sydney Taylor Mock Award?
- To increase awareness of new Jewish books for youth and celebrate the genre of Jewish literature
- To encourage participants to engage with the greater community of book lovers
- To help participants find their voices in advocating for the books they believe should win, and to critically evaluate books beyond personal likes and dislikes
How to do a Sydney Taylor Mock Award?
- With your group, share information about the Real Award, read some past winners, and talk about the criteria.
- Read a few books (suggested titles below) and evaluate them according to the official criteria or kid-friendly criteria. This can be done as a group, or done individually and then shared. You can choose to read books in just one age category or in more than one.
- As a group, discuss the books and select a Mock Winner, the book you think best adheres to the criteria and that you think is most likely to win the Real Award. You might also decide to select Mock Honor and Notable books.
- Submit your results to the ALSC blog (Association for Library Services to Children).
- Vote in The Sydney Taylor Shmooze poll in early January to help select the blog's Mock Winners.
- Make plans to watch the Youth Media Awards livestream on January 22, 2024 to hear the announcement of the Real Sydney Taylor Book Award winners, honors, and notables (as well as other book awards).
THIS YEAR'S SYDNEY TAYLOR MOCK BOOK AWARD SUGGESTED TITLES
Hank on First! How Hank Greenberg Became a Star On and Off the Field by Stephen Krensky, ill. Alette Straathof
The Rabbi and His Donkey by Susan Tarcov, ill. Diana Renjina
Rivka's Presents by Laurie Wallmark, ill. Adelina Lirius
Hanukkah Upside Down by Elissa Brent Weissman, ill. Omer Hoffman
The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari Lowe
A Warning About Swans by R.M. Romero
Just a Hat by S. Khubiar
Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros
Reviews: Sydney Taylor Shmooze | Netgalley