Sarah Aronson – The Wish List

I am thrilled to welcome my friend, Sarah Aronson to chat about the first book in her new series,THE WISH LIST – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever.  Sarah is a writer, teacher, and mentor. She is candid and open-hearted about her writer’s journey and her generous spirit translates into relatable, meaningful stories.  In THE WISH LIST – The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever !…

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Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour – The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew

      I am delighted to present this year’s winners of The Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers, Richard Michelson and Karla Gudeon, the author and illustrator of The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew (Charlesbridge Publishing). The STBA committee says, This beautiful picture book tells the story of how Hebrew became an everyday…

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Almost A Minyan by Lori Kline

Lori Kline’s new book, Almost A Minyan, is a poetic story of a little girl’s connection to her Jewish community, her Papa, and her Zayde. It’s a gem of a book, celebrating the beauty and comfort of Jewish ritual, even in times of great loss. Almost A Minyan was recently chosen as the Children’s Book Pick for 2017 by The…

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Welcome Susan Krawitz – Viva Rose!

            The history of the Old West is full of interesting figures. Jewish history of the Southwest is a passion of mine and I couldn’t wait to read Viva Rose! Author Susan Krawitz introduces readers to thirteen-year-old Rose Solomon, who discovers her older brother Abe, is in Pancho Villa’s army and she is determined to bring him…

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Getting Ready for Hanukkah! A New Visit with Pamela Ehrenberg

I have been a fan of Ehrenberg since I first read her novel, Ethan, Suspended. I am delighted to chat with Pamela about her delightful new picture book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas.  Tell me a bit about the inspiration for Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas? Was it inspired by real life events? In one sense, the book was…

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Finding Twig – An Overdue Thank You Note

Mrs. Hall was no push over.  She was a tall, impressive figure with graying hair framing her stern face. Her wardrobe was sensible and well-pressed; suits or dresses with matching cardigans and shiny, low-heeled, patent leather pumps that reflected the overhead florescent lights. She was a no-nonsense professional and expectations were high. Fourth grade was serious business. There was no…

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Welcome – Laya Steinberg

Laya Steinberg is an award-winning author. She is also an artist, teacher, and gardener.  Laya’s  newest book, The Best Sukkot Ever, is a heart-warming story about a boy named Micah who sets out to find the perfect pumpkin for his sukkah. When he learns that a local soup kitchen can also use pumpkins, Micah has some big decisions to make!…

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Welcome – Erika Dreifus!

Erika Dreifus is a “writer’s writer,” and I have long admired her work and contributions to the community of creatives. Erika is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), a multi-award-winning book. She an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice.  Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on…

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Welcome – Arthur Levine

  Arthur Levine is well-known as the co-editor of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books, and his role as editor and publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Arthur is also a picture book author. His recent release is WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING (Running Press, illustrated by Kathie Kath) portrays the loving relationship between a young boy…

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Barbara Krasner – Holocaustkidlit.com

My friend and colleague, Barbara Krasner, has recently launched Holocaustkidlit.com, a database  of Holocaust books for children. The site offers easy access to a wealth of information with a large variety of searchable fields. It is an incredible resource and will no doubt be a great asset to parents, teacher, librarians, and readers.  Barbara’s passion and dedication is going to benefit many…

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