Carla Killough McClafferty

I’m excited to welcome multi-award winning author Carla Killough McClafferty. Carla is the author of several book including, Forgiving God (Discovery House Publishers, 1995), an inspirational book for adults that deals with the Spiritual battle she faced after the death of her son. Many readers have found encouragement from her story when facing their own personal tragedy. Her children’s books…

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The PJ Library – Providing Books to Families

The PJ Library is unique program that provides quality books and music to Jewish families with young children. The PJ Library is an inspiring example of the impact of meaningful outreach. I had the opportunity to learn more about the program from Marcie Greenfield Simons, Director of The PJ Library. Tell me about the history of the PJ LibraryThe PJ…

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Jewish Books at BEA

My friend Heidi Estrin from The Book of Life has posted several podcasts featuring interviews she conducted at BEA, including one with me. I’m excited to be part of Heidi’s wonderful world of podcasting! Check it out:jewishbooks.blogspot.com Happy Listening!

Welcome Nora Raleigh Baskin!

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of several books for young readers. Her newest book, THE TRUTH ABOUT MY BAT MITZVAH (Simon and Schuster) is a touching story of a young girl’s journey to discover her own heritage after the death of her grandmother. I first heard about the book from Nora’s editor, Alexandra Cooper. I met Alexandra at an…

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Sarah Gershman – Bedtime Sh’ma

Sarah Gershman is the author of BEDTIME SH’MA (EKS publishing, illustrated by Kristina Swarner), a lovely child-friendly adaptation of traditional prayers that gives children a sense of peace and comfort before drifting off to sleep. BEDTIME SH’MA was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award for 2007, which Sarah will be accepting this June at the Association of Jewish Libraries…

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Book Expo 2008

I spent last weekend with friends at the BookExpo LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Book Expo offers industry professionals a sneak peek of upcoming book lists from publishers. There are lots of giveaways, including books, posters, tote bags, and more. All weekend long, both established and new authors sign copies of their books. It was a blast –…

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Let My People Go – Tilda Balsley

Tilda Balsley is the author of LET MY PEOPLE GO!(Kar-Ben)This delightful picture book tells the story of Passover in a reader’s theatre format that is engaging, humorous, and appealing for kids and adult of all ages. The interactive nature of LET MY PEOPLE GO! makes it a perfect selection for schools and families. Tilda lives with her husband in North…

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Sonia Levitin Brings The Return to the Stage!

Sonia Levitin is the award winning author of over 40 books. Most recently, she was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award for STRANGE RELATIONS (Knopf, 2007). Sonia has a new project on the horizon, a musical version of THE RETURN (Atheneum, 1987), an emotional story about Operation Moses – the rescue airlift of Ethiopian Jews. Sonia is also committed…

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A Righteous Project – Holocaust Memorial Day

Jillian Curtis homeschools her sons Joshua 11, and Jarret, 10. Together they embarked on a project to learn about the Holocaust and honor those whose lives were taken. They have been collecting individually made Jewish Stars which represent loved ones lost. Thus far, they have collected upwards of 500 stars. They hope to display these beautiful works in a clear…

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Interview with Families Online Magazine

Hi Friends, Last week I was interviewed by Geraldine Jensen, editor of Families Online Magazine for her radio show. We had a wonderful chat about kids, reading, and books for all ages. Check it out: www.blogtalkradio.com/families/2008/04/04/Encourage-Kids-to-Read- Happy Listening!