Chai-ku Contest!

    Do you like writing Chai-ku? What? Chai-ku! If you do, like writing Chai-ku, please send them to: [email protected] AND [email protected] with the word “Chai-ku” in the subject line. With your written permission, and if you’ve followed the above directions, we’ll celebrate your Chai-ku on our Book Meshuggenahs page on Facebook and on Twitter @TMeshuggenahs. Plus, our resident haiku…

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Thank you, AJL Blog!

From the  Association of Jewish Libraries Blog “PEOPLE OF THE BOOKS” BLOG LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR: BOOK LIST #7 THE BLACK JEWISH EXPERIENCE   Book List #7: The Black Jewish Experience In response to rising antisemitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists for all young readers. Books read in youth impact…

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Welcome Deanie Yasner – Essie Rose’s Revelation Summer

                Deanie Yasner, a former special education teacher, is the author of Essie Rose’s Revalation Summer (Golden Alley Press). Inspired by her own childhood, the novel is about ten-year-old Essie Rose Ginsberg, writer, loner, and all-time worrier, the only Jewish girl in Tipton, Mississippi in 1953. Her hopes for a happy-go-lucky summer vanish…

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Blue Slip Media – Welcome Barbara Fisch and Sarah Shealy

Barbara Fisch and Sarah Shealy are the dynamic duo behind Book Slip Media. They specialize in publicity and marketing services for the trade children’s book industry. With recent event impacting book releases, authors are looking for creative opportunities to promote their work. I’m excited that Barbara and Sarah were willing to share some of their insights about book promotion.  We…

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Welcome Daniela Weil – The Diary of Asser Levy

Daniela Weil is the author of the historical middle grade novel, The Diary of Asser Levy: First Jewish Citizen of New York (Pelican Publishing, 2020). The novel tells the story of the Jewish refugees who arrived in Manhattan in 1654. Beautifully crafted, with lots of visual interest, including maps, photos, documents, and more, the novel introduces readers to a fascinating…

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Bear and Fred – A World War II Story

                                            It is difficult to introduce the history of WWII to young readers. Bear and Fred is a beautifully crafted story that gently approaches the topic. Originally written in Hebrew and recently translated into English, Bear and Fred is…

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Bryon MacWilliams – The Girl in the Haystack

Bryon MacWilliams is an award winning journalist who lived in post-Soviet Russia, where he was based for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent. He is the author of the memoir WITH LIGHT STEAM. His work, which also includes essays and poetry, has appeared in numerous publications. His new book, THE GIRL IN THE HAYSTACK, is a dark, yet…

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Welcome Menahem Halberstadt – A Basket Full of Figs

Menahem Halberstadt is children’s book illustrator and fine artist. He recently illustrated A BASKET FULL OF FIGS (Green Bean Books). Written by Ori Elon, the picture book is a retelling of the Midrash about an Emperor’s encounter with an old man who plants a fig tree for future generations.  As a child, Menahem loved to draw says he  hasn’t stopped…

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The Passover Mouse – Joy Nelkin Wieder

            I met Joy Nelkin Wieder when we were both attendees at the TENT Workshop at The Yiddish Book Center. We had chatted about her winning manuscript and I was delighted when I learned The Passover Mouse had been published. What a charming tale with a truly satisfying ending! I couldn’t wait to learn more…

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