Michelle Edwards

Tell me a little bit about your latest book. Why you were drawn to write about a Jewish theme or character? My newest book, Chicken Man (January 2008) is actually one of the first books I wrote and illustrated. It will have a new cover and author’s note. I wrote Chicken Man after living and working on Kibbutz Mizra. I…

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Pamela Ehrenberg – Ethan Suspended

Pamela Ehrenberg is the author of ETHAN SUSPENDED, a multi-layered novel about a boy who moves into the home of his grandparents. ETHAN SUSPENDED is a wonderful example of a growing genre in Jewish kidlit, with a strong Jewish character in a story that will appeal to kids of all backgrounds. Pamela is a former teacher. She currently lives in…

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Welcoming Betsy Rosenthal

I first met Betsy at a Jewish book event where we were both speakers. She was warm and friendly and I was charmed by her presentation. Betsy worked as a lawyer for many years before she became a children’s author. She has written two picture books, MY HOUSE IS SINGING, and IT’S NOT WORTH MAKING A TZIMMES OVER. Betsy lives…

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HAPPY HANUKKAH!

I’d like to wish all my friends a very Happy Hanukkah! I’m thrilled to announce that I have been interviewed by Heidi Estrin for her HOORAY FOR HANUKKAH! Book of Life blog podcast. Heidi has a delicious selection of Hanukkah related interviews, including illustrator Ann Koffsky who created her snowflake “Jerusalem of Peace,” for Robert’s Snow for Cancer’s Cure, author…

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Introducing D. Dina Friedman

I’m delighted to introduce D. Dina Friedman. She is the author of two award-winning novels, ESCAPING INTO THE NIGHT, and PLAYING DAD’S SONG. Dina’s well-crafted stories deal with the Holocaust and the tragedy of 9/11. Through her books, young readers are able to view these difficult events with greater understanding and compassion for those who lived through the experiences. Dina…

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Heidi Estrin – Books for Life!

I’m delighted to welcome librarian Heidi Estrin to my blog. Heidi is the Library Director at a congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, presides over the South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries, and spent several years on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Heidi also hosts Jewish authors on her blog podcast, THE BOOK OF LIFE. It’s librarians like Heidi who…

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Everything Esme

Esme Raji Codell is an author and certified readiologist. I first learned about Esme, a young urban teacher with big dreams in her acclaimed memoir, EDUCATING ESME. Years later, I began reading her children’s books, and was delighted when an advance reader copy of VIVE LE PARIS arrived in my mailbox for review. I was immediately pulled into the story,…

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Maxine Rose Schur

Maxine Rose Shur is a multi-faceted, award-winning author. Many of her books for children bring to life many unexplored aspects of Jewish history. She is also the author of SAMANTHA’S SURPRISE, from the popular AMERICAN GIRL series. Maxine’s impressive list includes two Sydney Taylor Book Awards for DAY OF DELIGHT (1994, Dial books, Penguin) and WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE…

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Melissa Schorr – Goy Crazy

Melissa Schorr began her writing career as a journalist. Her first book is GOY CRAZY (Hyperion,2006) is a thought provoking young adult novel that explores a delicate topic for many families – interfaith dating. In the book, Rachel Lowenstein tests her own beliefs, and the traditions of her family. Teens and adults are falling in love with Rachel in this…

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Confessions of Sarah Darer Littman

I am delighted to welcome Sarah Darer Littman, author of the award winning middle grade novel, CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC. When I met Sarah at the Jewish Children’s Literature Conference in Los Angeles, I was already a huge fan. (Note: CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC appears in a previous post on my list of favorites.) Sarah is warm, funny,…

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