Sylvia Rouss – The Hanukkah Fable of Little Dreidel and Silver Menorah

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books, among many others. Sylvia has received numerous awards as an educator and she conducts seminars for parents and teachers. Teachers, parents, and young readers are familiar with Sylvia’s books. No doubt many titles become cherished family favorites. Sylvia’s new book,…

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WELCOME KAREN – FARMER KOBI’S HANUKKAH MATCH

            Karen Rostoker-Gruber is an award-winning children’s book author, ventriloquist, and humorist. Karen is a dynamo! Her awards, accolades, and activities are impressive and too numerous to list (visit her web site listed below for details). Karen’s delightful book (authored with Rabbi Ron Isaacs, illustrated by CB Decker), FARMER KOBI’S HANUKKAH MATCH (Apples and Honey…

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The Univited – Lesléa Newman

I don’t often link posts from other sites on my blog, but this piece by Lesléa Newman from Nerdy Book Club is too important NOT to share. Lesléa is a bright light in the children’s literature community and her work is blessing to so many. Please read: The Uninvited by Lesléa Newman

Honeycake Magazine – Anna Caplan, Editor in Chief

  I am very excited to introduce Anna Caplan, the Editor in Chief of the new children’s Magazine, Honeycake. Anna’s dream to create a magazine for Jewish children led her on a journey that culminated in the first issue of Honeycake. The magazine offers a variety of literary treats for young readers and is sure to be a favorite Hanukkah…

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Signs in the Well – Shoham Smith

It is a great honor for me to introduce award-winning Israeli author, Shoham Smith, to chat about her book Signs in the Well (illustrated by Vali Mintzi). The picture book about Rabbi Akiva was originally published in Hebrew in 2013. The English version is published by Green Bean Books. I have long been inspired by the stories of Rabbi Akiva…

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Welcome Sue Macy – The Book Rescuer

Last year I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Yiddish Book Center to attend the TENT program for children’s authors. I could barley contain my excitement when I heard about THE BOOK RESCUER by Sue Macy, Illustrated by Stacy Innerst (Paula Wiseman, Simon & Schuster). The book cover says it all – How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish…

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Welcome Chris Baron – All of Me

            Chris Baron is the author of a  ALL OF ME, a middle-grade verse novel (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan). He tells the story of Ari, who faces many relatable challenges in his life including family, religious identity, friendships, and the struggle of being an overweight adolescent in a sometimes unkind world. Chris does a beautiful job…

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Amalia Hoffman – The Brave Cyclist

Amalia Hoffman is an award winning author and illustrator. I have long been a fan of her books and I’m excited to share her latest, THE BRAVE CYCLIST (Capstone Editions) beautifully illustrated by Chiara Fedele. Gino Bartali was a champion cyclist when WWII changed the lives of so many. Bartali risked his own safety to deliver documents that would help…

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Susan Dubin – Katzele and the Silver Candlesticks

I first met Susan (Suzi) Dubin when she worked as a librarian at Valley Beth Shalom Day School in Encino, California. Suzie was well-known in the children’s book world as an ardent supporter of author and illustrators, welcoming many into her library to share their work with her students. Suzi has served on book award committees, and was the President…

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