Joan Betty Stuchner is an award-winning author. Her recent release, HONEY CAKE takes place in Denmark during World War II. It is a story of hope during a very dark time. Joan Betty was born in Leeds, England, but has lived in Vancouver Canada since 1965. She says she “always had a head full of stories, but didn’t write many…

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Writing Class

Hi Friends, I’ll be teaching a class this fall on WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN at the Oak Park Community Center. No experience is necessary for this introductory class—just a love of children’s literature and a desire to learn! If you would like to join in the fun, here is the info: Writing Books For Children – Monday October 6 through…

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Thanks to Tina Nichols Coury!

I want to thank my dear friend Tina Nichols Coury for creating a beautiful video book trailer for Like a Maccabee Please check it out! Be sure to visit Tina’s wonderful blog about children’s literature, art, and more at

Welcome Anna Levine!

I’m thrilled to introduce Anna Levine. Anna is the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) in Israel. Her new book, FREEFALL (Greenwillow) is being released this week. Anna was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. When she turned eighteen she immigrated to Israel where she lived on a…

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Carla Killough McClafferty

I’m excited to welcome multi-award winning author Carla Killough McClafferty. Carla is the author of several book including, Forgiving God (Discovery House Publishers, 1995), an inspirational book for adults that deals with the Spiritual battle she faced after the death of her son. Many readers have found encouragement from her story when facing their own personal tragedy. Her children’s books…

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The PJ Library – Providing Books to Families

The PJ Library is unique program that provides quality books and music to Jewish families with young children. The PJ Library is an inspiring example of the impact of meaningful outreach. I had the opportunity to learn more about the program from Marcie Greenfield Simons, Director of The PJ Library. Tell me about the history of the PJ LibraryThe PJ…

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Jewish Books at BEA

My friend Heidi Estrin from The Book of Life has posted several podcasts featuring interviews she conducted at BEA, including one with me. I’m excited to be part of Heidi’s wonderful world of podcasting! Check it Happy Listening!

Welcome Nora Raleigh Baskin!

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of several books for young readers. Her newest book, THE TRUTH ABOUT MY BAT MITZVAH (Simon and Schuster) is a touching story of a young girl’s journey to discover her own heritage after the death of her grandmother. I first heard about the book from Nora’s editor, Alexandra Cooper. I met Alexandra at an…

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Sarah Gershman – Bedtime Sh’ma

Sarah Gershman is the author of BEDTIME SH’MA (EKS publishing, illustrated by Kristina Swarner), a lovely child-friendly adaptation of traditional prayers that gives children a sense of peace and comfort before drifting off to sleep. BEDTIME SH’MA was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award for 2007, which Sarah will be accepting this June at the Association of Jewish Libraries…

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Book Expo 2008

I spent last weekend with friends at the BookExpo LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Book Expo offers industry professionals a sneak peek of upcoming book lists from publishers. There are lots of giveaways, including books, posters, tote bags, and more. All weekend long, both established and new authors sign copies of their books. It was a blast –…

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