The Association of Jewish Libraries has created “Hanukkah Read Up!,” a list of Hanukkah books for children recommended by the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. The colorful 2-page flyer is available on the AJL website at http://tinyurl.com/AJLhanukkah. All the titles on the list have been recognized by the award committee as gold or silver medalists or as “Notable Books.” A special section is devoted to the Hanukkah works of prolific author Eric A. Kimmel, a past Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award winner.
The list should prove interesting and useful for families seeking Hanukkah titles for their children, to read together or buy as gifts, as well as for librarians who wish to purchase titles for their holiday shelves. AJL members and friends are welcome to distribute the list, digitally or printed out, to their own library patrons.
Happy Hanukkah and Happy Reading!
Host, The Book of Life
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Welcome to the Jewish Book Carnival for the month of November, 2012!
The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly online event celebrating Jewish literature, hosted by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Our October host, The Prosen People, explained it so well that I'm going to borrow their description:
"The series is a monthly event where book bloggers who promote Jewish literature come together to share some of their best content from the past month. Each month the round-up of posts can be found on a different Jewish literary blog, so be sure to check out Jewish Book Carnival HQ for future (and past!) hosts (and posts!)."
This month we've got some great links for you. We hope you'll join the conversation by sharing and commenting on the blog posts represented here!
David Levy at JewishBoston.com sent in this interview with Anna Solomon, author of The Lobster Mafia Story. This "trayf" short story is being distributed all over town for The Boston Book Festival! A download link for the story itself is included.
Erika Dreifus at My Machberet writes about The Curse of Gurs: Way Station to Auschwitz, by Werner L. Frank, which combines genealogy and history in an account of Jews from the Baden area of Germany.
*By the way, Erika will host December's Jewish Book Carnival and will also be the Association of Jewish Libraries' Facebook Writer-in-Residence during the month of December!
Jonathan Kirsch at JewishJournal.com sent in his review of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, which describes the sometimes controversial study of whether "we carry Jewishness in our blood."
Ann Koffsky at AnnKoffsky.com offers two links, one fun and one serious.
- For fun, she sent in this rainy day coloring page for the kids, accompanied by a Hebrew prayer for the wind and rain.
- On a more serious note, she sent in an audio interview in which she and Rabbi Savitsky at the Orthodox Union discuss the conspicuous absence of women in Jewish publications.
Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah gives us this interview with award-winning nonfiction author Deborah Heiligman about her first novel, Intentions.
Lorri M. at Jewaicious wrote two book reviews. Check out:
Slurping Kitten Teaches Children About Forgiveness." It's a reflection on teaching the concepts of Yom Kippur to preschoolers, in this case using Sadie Rose Weilerstein's K'tonton stories.
Naomi Firestone-Teeter at the Jewish Book Council's Prosen People blog, sent in two links:
Thanks to all the bloggers who submitted links and to all you readers who are about to enjoy these posts! If you'd like to be a part of the Jewish Book Carnival in December, send your link to Erika Dreifus, who will be hosting at her blog My Machberet.