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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Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee!

I am proud to formally announce my affiliation with the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. The Sydney Taylor book awards are given to those books deemed to be the best in Jewish Children’s Literature. I feel honored to be a part of this important process. As a child, I was an avid reader of Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind…

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SCBWI Retreat

I have just returned from the most glorious SCBWI retreat held at the Old Mission in Santa Barbara, organized by Alexis O’Neill, our tireless leader, whose dedication to children’s writers has fostered a community of storytellers. The weekend offered opportunities to work on manuscripts, meet new people, and visit with old friends in a relaxed and serene environment. I was…

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Linda Silver – Jewish Values Finder

I am delighted to welcome Linda Silver to my blog. Linda is a specialist in Jewish children’s literature. A retired librarian, Linda has worked in school and public libraries as well as in synagogue and Jewish educational libraries. Her professional activities include leadership positions in the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC/ALA) and in the Association of Jewish Libraries…

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Meredith Resnick’s Writer Blog

My friend Meredith has a new writer blog. If you are looking for inspiration or some kidred soul connection, it’s the place for you! I stopped by to share my thoughts about “voice” with Meredith. Check it out: http://fullread.blogspot.com/2008/01/my-voice-not-someone-elses.html Happy Writing!

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Phyllis Mattson – War Orphan in San Francisco

Phyllis Helene Mattson the author of WAR ORPHAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, a memoir based on her life as an orphan during World War II. Her father was forced to leave Austria, and her mother was unable to obtain the required paperwork to leave, but was able to find Kindertransport to take her daughter to safety. Phyllis was ten years old…

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