John Kanzler, Illustrator – The Sundown Kid

I am thrilled to welcome John Kanzler, illustrator of The Sundown Kid – A Southwestern Shabbat. John has illustrated dozens of  children’s books and I couldn’t wait to see his vision for The Sundown Kid. In most cases, authors and illustrators work separately. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see John’s work in process. Collaborating with John…

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Richard Ungar – Yitzi and the Giant Menorah

 This interview with Richard Ungar was recently published in the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. I am delighted to share it on Jewish Books for Kids. Happy Hanukkah! Richard Ungar is an award-winning author illustrator, and practicing lawyer. He creates picture books and also writes middle-grade fiction. His recent release, YITZI AND THE GIANT MENORAH is a delightful tale of Hanukkah…

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The Little Esrog

Just in time for Sukkos! I am pleased to share a lovely new book by Rochelle Kochin, illustrated by Janice Hechter, The Little Esrog.   With just days until Sukkos, the Jews of 1895 Sislotch wait excitedly for their beautiful esrogim to arrive. But when a snowstorm delays the delivery wagon, the nervous driver takes matters into his own hands. The Little Esrog…

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Celebrate – Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library!

I am excited to announce that my friend Lisa Silverman is the Library Director at the new Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library in Los Angeles. The library is located on the campus of American Jewish University. They are planning a huge celebration on Sunday, September 25th. Please check out the flyer below. Hope to see you there!

More Than Enough – A Visit With April Halprin Wayland

My friend April Halprin Wayland has a beautiful new book out – just in time for Passover. More Than Enough is a sweet celebration of appreciation, and a perfect read aloud for all ages. I was lucky enough to read this treasure before publication and I am so thrilled that it’s available for families to enjoy during this Passover and…

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Greenhorn – The Movie!

I am thrilled to share some terrific news. A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Anna Olswanger and  Miriam Nerlove about their book, Greenhorn. Here is the link to our chat Greenhorn – The Book. In 2014 Anna Olswanger co-produced a short indie film adaptation of the novel. Greenhorn is about a young Holocaust survivor who arrives…

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Multicultural Kid Blogs

My friend, Heidi Estrin wrote a terrific blog post about Jewish Children’s Literature awards, right here: Jewish Kidlit Awards

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Adam and Thomas by Aharon Applefeld, Traslated by Jeffrey M. Greene, Illustrated by Phillippe Dumas

I am so happy to celebrate Adam and Thomas (Triangle Square Books), this year’s winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for older readers. Originally published in French, author Aharon Appelfeld tells the story of two nine-year-old boys whose parents have sent them to the forest during World War II. The boys rely on one another for safety, companionship, and…

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