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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Association of Jewish Libraries – Author’s Lunch and More

Oh, what a lovely gathering! The AJL Conference this year was in Woodland Hills, California. The Author’s Lunch featured an inspiring  keynote by Eugene Yelchin. The Sydney Taylor Book Award winners were spectacular, as always. So delighted to be part of this incredible community!

The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti – Leslie Kimmelman

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of MANY books that kids and parents cherish. Her most recent picture book. The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti (Apples and Honey Press) is a charming look at the real life of a beloved Rabbi. The characters are delightful and Sharon Davey’s art helps bring the sweet, playful story to life.   Tell me about the inspiration for…

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Welcome Esty Schachter – Pickled Watermelon!

Photo by Samantha Liddick Esty Schachter is a writer, clinical social worker, book reviewer and assistant librarian. Her newest book is a middle-grade novel, PICKLED WATERMELON (Kar-Ben). In the story, eleven-year-old Molly visits her family in Israel for the first time. Readers will experience the uniqueness of Israel as Molly explores the country’s history and her own family’s connection to…

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Welcome Omer Hoffman – The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

Omer Hoffman, award-winning artist, is the illustrator of THE SAGES OF CHELM AND THE MOON by Shlomo Abas (Green Bean Books). It’s a charming version of the classic tale. Omer’s art is a perfect pairing for the text. His illustrations reflect a traditional folktale style mixed with a bit of whimsy. Yet some of the illustrations, particularly a double page…

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