September Jewish Book Carnival

Shana Tova, Friends! What better way to kick off the New Year than some terrific reading. Here are the links for this month’s Jewish Book Carnival: Over at The Book of Life podcast learn about the new picture book American Golem: the New Adventures of an Old World Mud Monster by Marc Lumer (Apples & Honey Press), an entertaining take…

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Jane Kohuth – Who’s Got The Etrog?

It is such a pleasure to introduce Jane Kohuth, another wonderful author I met at the Yiddish Book Center TENT program. I was already a fan of Jane’s books, including Esty the Mensh and Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree. Jane’s newest book is a  Sukkot story set in Uganda, Who’s Got the Etrog? (Kar-Ben). Young readers will love the playful rhythm and the whimsical animal characters beautifully…

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Welcome Hava Ben-Zvi – We Who Lived

I am honored to introduce Chava Ben Zvi to my blog. Chava is a teacher, librarian, and survivor. Her personal story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Following her retirement, Hava became a writer. Her books include,  Eva’s Journey: A Young Girl’s True Story,  The Bride Who Argued with God: Tales from the Treasury of Jewish Folklore, and Portraits in Literature: The Jews of Poland, an…

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Welcome Kendra Levin – The Hero is You

          Kendra Levin must be one of the busiest people in the world of children’s literature. She is the associate editorial director of Viking Children’s Books, a life coach for writers, and a sought after speaker and workshop leader. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Kendra at TENT, a workshop for writers sponsored by…

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Welcome – Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

                                              There is no doubt that the greatest gift of being in the world of children’s literature is the community of writers, illustrators, and other creative people who share a passion for the work we all do. Every…

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Welcome – Joanne Levy

            I recently wrote about my experience at the Yiddish Book Center. No doubt the highlight was connecting with amazingly creative, inspiring, and all-around wonderful people. One of these treasures is my new friend, Joanne Levy. I was already a fan of her work but Joanne’s talents run deeper than I knew. She even has…

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TENT Program for Children’s Literature – Thanks to the Yiddish Book Center, PJ Library

        I recently returned from a week at the Yiddish Book Center as a participant in the TENT program for Children’s Literature. This incredible opportunity, sponsored by PJ Library, was a journey of soulful explorations, academic discussions, and emotion-filled writing workshops. The creative process was celebrated throughout the week and it was a great honor to be…

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Welcome Sarah and Seth Entin

Sarah and Seth Entin had a dream to create a children’s book together. The result is a picture book, Bar Mitzvah Chicken, a playful story about a Jewish chicken’s journey of self-acceptance. The Entins took on the role of publisher in the creation of their book. Not always an easy path, it was clearly a passion project for both of…

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Welcome Bracha Goetz!

Bracha Goetz is the author of 36 picture books – and the list is growing! Her newest book, I WANT TO BE FAMOUS is a modern take on traditional Jewish wisdom. Bracha’s work ethic and dedication to create meaningful stories is inspiring. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about Bracha and her work for kids…

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