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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Welcome – Laya Steinberg

Laya Steinberg is an award-winning author. She is also an artist, teacher, and gardener.  Laya’s  newest book, The Best Sukkot Ever, is a heart-warming story about a boy named Micah who sets out to find the perfect pumpkin for his sukkah. When he learns that a local soup kitchen can also use pumpkins, Micah has some big decisions to make!…

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Welcome – Erika Dreifus!

Erika Dreifus is a “writer’s writer,” and I have long admired her work and contributions to the community of creatives. Erika is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), a multi-award-winning book. She an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice.  Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on…

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Welcome – Arthur Levine

  Arthur Levine is well-known as the co-editor of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books, and his role as editor and publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Arthur is also a picture book author. His recent release is WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING (Running Press, illustrated by Kathie Kath) portrays the loving relationship between a young boy…

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Barbara Krasner – Holocaustkidlit.com

My friend and colleague, Barbara Krasner, has recently launched Holocaustkidlit.com, a database  of Holocaust books for children. The site offers easy access to a wealth of information with a large variety of searchable fields. It is an incredible resource and will no doubt be a great asset to parents, teacher, librarians, and readers.  Barbara’s passion and dedication is going to benefit many…

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Catriella Freedman – PJ Our Way

 The success of PJ Library for younger readers, which provides books of Jewish content to families with children through age eight, has been expanded with PJ Our Way. This is great news for readers (ages 9-11) and for authors! I’m delighted to welcome Catriella Freedman, the Director of PJ Our Way to learn more about the program.  Many authors have been…

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Sydney Taylor Book Awards – 2017

2017 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award were announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries today. Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series, the award recognizes books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. GOLD MEDALISTS I Dissent:…

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