Exploring the Holocaust Through Children’s Literature

The Western Regional Jewish Literature for Children Conference is coming up on February 1, 2009. Here is the announcement for this terrific day: The Association of Jewish Libraries, Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California, Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Children’s Literature Council, UCLA, and Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library in cooperation with the Bureau of Jewish Education will hold…

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Once Upon A World Book Award Winner – Gretchen Woelfle

On November 2, I attended the Awards Program for The Once Upon A World Book Award. The event took place at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. This award was established by Sonia Levitin and her family to “support and perpetuate the values and mandate of the Simon Wiesenthal Center & Museum of Tolerance by honoring children’s books ……

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Association of Jewish Libraries Launches Podcast

My friend Heidi Estrin shared the exciting news about the new AJL podcast. There are some really terrific programs available. Please check it out! Here is the original press release with all the info you need: Author talks, lectures on Jewish literature, panel discussions, and workshops are among the offerings of the newly launched Association of Jewish Libraries Podcast. Available…

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Welcome Debbie Spring

Debbie Spring has been a writer for over twenty years. I was deeply touched by her book, THE RIGHTEOUS SMUGGLER (2005,Second Story Press), which is a part of the Holocaust Remembrance Series, and was short listed for CBC’s Young Canada Reads. It was star rated in “Our Choice” Magazine by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Debbie was invited to speak…

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Introducing Alexis O’Neill

The High holidays are a time for reflection and counting the blessing in our lives. One of the greatest blessings of all is the gift of friendship. I am thrilled to introduce my dear friend, Alexis O’Neill. Alexis is a gifted writer. Her books strike a deep chord with children, teachers, and parents. Even more, Alexis is a great friend…

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Deborah Blumenthal

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who divides her time between writing adult novels and children’s books. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times covering health and fitness stories, consumer issues and travel, including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist. She has also been a home design columnist for…

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Joan Betty Stuchner is an award-winning author. Her recent release, HONEY CAKE takes place in Denmark during World War II. It is a story of hope during a very dark time. Joan Betty was born in Leeds, England, but has lived in Vancouver Canada since 1965. She says she “always had a head full of stories, but didn’t write many…

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Writing Class

Hi Friends, I’ll be teaching a class this fall on WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN at the Oak Park Community Center. No experience is necessary for this introductory class—just a love of children’s literature and a desire to learn! If you would like to join in the fun, here is the info: Writing Books For Children – Monday October 6 through…

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Thanks to Tina Nichols Coury!

I want to thank my dear friend Tina Nichols Coury for creating a beautiful video book trailer for Like a Maccabee Please check it out! Be sure to visit Tina’s wonderful blog about children’s literature, art, and more at www.tinanicholscouryblog.com.

Welcome Anna Levine!

I’m thrilled to introduce Anna Levine. Anna is the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) in Israel. Her new book, FREEFALL (Greenwillow) is being released this week. Anna was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. When she turned eighteen she immigrated to Israel where she lived on a…

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