TENT Program for Children’s Literature – Thanks to the Yiddish Book Center, PJ Library

        I recently returned from a week at the Yiddish Book Center as a participant in the TENT program for Children’s Literature. This incredible opportunity, sponsored by PJ Library, was a journey of soulful explorations, academic discussions, and emotion-filled writing workshops. The creative process was celebrated throughout the week and it was a great honor to be…

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Welcome Sarah and Seth Entin

Sarah and Seth Entin had a dream to create a children’s book together. The result is a picture book, Bar Mitzvah Chicken, a playful story about a Jewish chicken’s journey of self-acceptance. The Entins took on the role of publisher in the creation of their book. Not always an easy path, it was clearly a passion project for both of…

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Welcome Bracha Goetz!

Bracha Goetz is the author of 36 picture books – and the list is growing! Her newest book, I WANT TO BE FAMOUS is a modern take on traditional Jewish wisdom. Bracha’s work ethic and dedication to create meaningful stories is inspiring. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about Bracha and her work for kids…

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Sarah Aronson – The Wish List

I am thrilled to welcome my friend, Sarah Aronson to chat about the first book in her new series,THE WISH LIST – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever.  Sarah is a writer, teacher, and mentor. She is candid and open-hearted about her writer’s journey and her generous spirit translates into relatable, meaningful stories.  In THE WISH LIST – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever !…

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Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour – The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew

      I am delighted to present this year’s winners of The Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers, Richard Michelson and Karla Gudeon, the author and illustrator of The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew (Charlesbridge Publishing). The STBA committee says, This beautiful picture book tells the story of how Hebrew became an everyday…

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Almost A Minyan by Lori Kline

Lori Kline’s new book, Almost A Minyan, is a poetic story of a little girl’s connection to her Jewish community, her Papa, and her Zayde. It’s a gem of a book, celebrating the beauty and comfort of Jewish ritual, even in times of great loss. Almost A Minyan was recently chosen as the Children’s Book Pick for 2017 by The…

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Welcome Susan Krawitz – Viva Rose!

            The history of the Old West is full of interesting figures. Jewish history of the Southwest is a passion of mine and I couldn’t wait to read Viva Rose! Author Susan Krawitz introduces readers to thirteen-year-old Rose Solomon, who discovers her older brother Abe, is in Pancho Villa’s army and she is determined to bring him…

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Getting Ready for Hanukkah! A New Visit with Pamela Ehrenberg

I have been a fan of Ehrenberg since I first read her novel, Ethan, Suspended. I am delighted to chat with Pamela about her delightful new picture book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas.  Tell me a bit about the inspiration for Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas? Was it inspired by real life events? In one sense, the book was…

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Finding Twig – An Overdue Thank You Note

Mrs. Hall was no push over.  She was a tall, impressive figure with graying hair framing her stern face. Her wardrobe was sensible and well-pressed; suits or dresses with matching cardigans and shiny, low-heeled, patent leather pumps that reflected the overhead florescent lights. She was a no-nonsense professional and expectations were high. Fourth grade was serious business. There was no…

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