2020 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced!

2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced Winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award were announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries today in Philadelphia, PA at the Youth Media Awards announcement at the American Library Association. Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic ​All-of-a-Kind Family​ series, the award recognizes books for children and teens that…

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Where’s the Potty on this Ark? Welcome, Kerry Olitzky

              Kerry Olitzky has served in many leadership roles in Jewish Education. He is also the author of a several books about Jewish spirituality. His first children’s book, WHERE’S THE POTTY ON THIS ARK? (Kar-Ben) is a charming picture book that is sure to please the youngest readers and their parents. Both clever and…

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The Kids Are All Write!

I’m so honored to share this interview about SWEET TAMALES FOR PURIM from The Kids Are All Write with the amazing Nancy Churnin! Click here for the full interview: How Sweet It Is

Welcome – Vali Mintzi, Illustrator

l I love learning about illustrators’ creative processes. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to interview award-winning artist, Vali Mintzi about her work. Vali immigrated to Israel in 1989. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem where she lives and works as an illustrator of children’s books, a graphic designer and puppetry designer. Vali…

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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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