Let My People Go – Tilda Balsley

Tilda Balsley is the author of LET MY PEOPLE GO!(Kar-Ben)This delightful picture book tells the story of Passover in a reader’s theatre format that is engaging, humorous, and appealing for kids and adult of all ages. The interactive nature of LET MY PEOPLE GO! makes it a perfect selection for schools and families. Tilda lives with her husband in North…

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Sonia Levitin Brings The Return to the Stage!

Sonia Levitin is the award winning author of over 40 books. Most recently, she was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award for STRANGE RELATIONS (Knopf, 2007). Sonia has a new project on the horizon, a musical version of THE RETURN (Atheneum, 1987), an emotional story about Operation Moses – the rescue airlift of Ethiopian Jews. Sonia is also committed…

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A Righteous Project – Holocaust Memorial Day

Jillian Curtis homeschools her sons Joshua 11, and Jarret, 10. Together they embarked on a project to learn about the Holocaust and honor those whose lives were taken. They have been collecting individually made Jewish Stars which represent loved ones lost. Thus far, they have collected upwards of 500 stars. They hope to display these beautiful works in a clear…

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Interview with Families Online Magazine

Hi Friends, Last week I was interviewed by Geraldine Jensen, editor of Families Online Magazine for her radio show. We had a wonderful chat about kids, reading, and books for all ages. Check it out: www.blogtalkradio.com/families/2008/04/04/Encourage-Kids-to-Read- Happy Listening!

Welcome Editor Alexandra Cooper!

Alexandra Cooper is an editor at Simon and Schuster. I met Alexandra at a recent SCBWI Writer’s Retreat. She was kind enough to answer some questions about Jewish books, and her role as an editor. Many people wonder about the editor’s perspective, and I’m delighted to share Alexandra’s thoughts on Jewish literature for children. As an editor in a mainstream…

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Welcoming Steve Sheinkin and Rabbi Harvey!

Graphic novels are a growing genre in children’s literature. Steve Sheinkin has created a series young readers love. He is the writer and illustrator of The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey (Jewish Lights), for which he won Moment Magazine’s Emerging Writer Award in children’s literature in 2006. The new follow-up, Rabbi Harvey Rides Again, was published by Jewish Lights in March…

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Welcoming Jacqueline Jules!

Jacqueline Jules has made some terrific contributions to Jewish literature for children, and it is an honor to share her interview on my blog. Jacqueline Jules is the author of thirteen children’s books including The Hardest Word (Kar-Ben), The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle(Kar-Ben), No English (Mitten Press), Abraham’s Search for God (Kar-Ben), and Sarah Laughs (Kar-Ben). The Hardest Word…

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Welcome Brenda Ferber

I’m thrilled to introduce Brenda Ferber, the author of JULIA’S KITCHEN (Farrar Straus & Giroux), a sensitive novel of love, loss, and healing. JULIA’S KITCHEN was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner in 2007. Brenda’s fans will be delighted to learn that she has two more books coming out, JEMMA HARTMAN, CAMPER EXTRAORDINAIRE, (FSG, 2009) and THE YUCKIEST,…

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Jewish Literature for Children – Western Regional Conference

Yesterday I attended the Jewish Literature for Children Western Regional Conference. This fabulous annual event was held at Sinai Temple is Los Angeles. In attendance were authors, teachers, librarians, and more. The theme of this year’s conference was “Focus on Illustration,” and included an impressive line up of speakers. The event opened with Lois Sarkaissian from Every Picture Tells a…

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New York City May Close Beloved Library

I heart NY. Although I have never been a resident, the city that never sleeps has always been one of my favorite destination spots. There is something for everyone in New York, and one of the most treasured attractions is the Central Children’s Reading Room in Midtown Manhattan, home to the original Winnie-the-Pooh toy collection. The sad news is that…

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