Welcome Joanne Oppenheim – The Knish War on Rivington Street

I am delighted to introduce award-winning author, Joanne Oppenheim. Joanne has published over 50 books for children. The most recent is The Knish War on Riverton Street (Albert Whitman & Company), a charming and beautifully illustrated picture book about two families with competing knish bakeries. Illustrated by Jon Davis,  The Knish War on Riverton Street is a PJ Library Selection 2017,…

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Association of Jewish Libraries – Love Your Neighbor

The Association of Jewish Libraries presents “Love Your Neighbor,” a series of book recommendations for youth meant to grow readers’ understanding of the Jewish religion and its people, created in response to the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The picture books and chapter books in these lists will touch readers’ hearts and inspire them to build a more welcoming world.…

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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah on The Book of Life Podcast

From Heidi Rabinowitz at Book of Life Podcast: The new picture book All-of-a-Kind Family, based on the classic chapter books by Sydney Taylor, is the subject of The Book of Life podcast’s newest episode. Hear an interview with author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky at https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2018/12/all-of-kind-family-hanukkah.html. www.bookoflfepodcast.com

Hanukkah Hamster – Welcome Back, Michelle Markel!

I have been fortunate to interview Michell Markel about some of her non fiction books. Today, we chat about her new picture book, Hanukkah Hamster (Sleeping Bear Press) illustrated by Andre Ceolin. Hanukkah Hamster is a tender story of the friendship between a lonely cab driver and a lost hamster. The beautiful prose and engaging story telling will capture the…

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Welcome Lauren Ranalli – The Great Latke Cook Off

          How do you make the perfect latke? I’m so happy to introduce Lauren Ranalli, the author of The Great Latke Cook Off. We all have unique ways of celebrating traditional holidays. Lauren’s new book is a fun, multi-generational story about competing for the best latke recipe. You just may start your own latke competition this…

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Anna Levine – All Eyes On Alexandra

        My friend Anna Levine has a new book – and it’s gorgeous! ALL EYES ON ALEXANDRA (Kar-Ben) tells the story of bird migration to Israel through the eyes of a young crane, Alexandra. Anna has captured the beauty of nature while seamlessly weaving in her own storytelling. Birds and their habitat are also featured in the…

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September Jewish Book Carnival

Shana Tova, Friends! What better way to kick off the New Year than some terrific reading. Here are the links for this month’s Jewish Book Carnival: Over at The Book of Life podcast learn about the new picture book American Golem: the New Adventures of an Old World Mud Monster by Marc Lumer (Apples & Honey Press), an entertaining take…

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Jane Kohuth – Who’s Got The Etrog?

It is such a pleasure to introduce Jane Kohuth, another wonderful author I met at the Yiddish Book Center TENT program. I was already a fan of Jane’s books, including Esty the Mensh and Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree. Jane’s newest book is a  Sukkot story set in Uganda, Who’s Got the Etrog? (Kar-Ben). Young readers will love the playful rhythm and the whimsical animal characters beautifully…

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Welcome Hava Ben-Zvi – We Who Lived

I am honored to introduce Chava Ben Zvi to my blog. Chava is a teacher, librarian, and survivor. Her personal story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Following her retirement, Hava became a writer. Her books include,  Eva’s Journey: A Young Girl’s True Story,  The Bride Who Argued with God: Tales from the Treasury of Jewish Folklore, and Portraits in Literature: The Jews of Poland, an…

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Welcome Kendra Levin – The Hero is You

          Kendra Levin must be one of the busiest people in the world of children’s literature. She is the associate editorial director of Viking Children’s Books, a life coach for writers, and a sought after speaker and workshop leader. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Kendra at TENT, a workshop for writers sponsored by…

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