A team of dedicated volunteers reviews books for The Sydney Taylor Shmooze, evaluating for literary quality as well as for Jewish authenticity using the criteria of the Real Sydney Taylor Book Award. Our reviewers include librarians, authors, educators, and others familiar with the field of children's literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. A review on a mock award blog is a little different than one in a review journal. On The Sydney Taylor Shmooze, the focus is on the quality of the Jewish content and how or if the book meets the criteria for the award.

Please note that we supply digital review copies when possible, but reviewers may need to find their own copies of books at a public library, Judaic library or bookseller.

Would you like to review books for us? We are always happy to expand our team.