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It's Always a Party with a Sephardi

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY AROESTE / HODDER BOOKS     ๐Ÿ•ฎ    Sarah Aroeste is a singer/songwriter of Ladino music, a leader of Sephardic travel tours, and an author of board books featuring Sephardic culture and Ladino vocabulary. Bridget Hodder is a Sephardic author of middle grade and picture books, who frequently collaborates with Muslim author Fawzia Gilani-Williams ( past Book of Life guest, 2017 ) on stories about interfaith friendship. We recorded this episode live and in person at the Highlights Foundation's Symposium for Jewish Creatives .  LEARN MORE: Buy Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom Buy The Button Box Sarah Aroeste's website Bridget Hodder's website Podcast mentioned: The Forgotten Exodus TREATS FOR YOU: #JewishBookMonth Reading Challenge Hanukkah Guest Post on The Book of Life by Maxine Rose Schur about The Peddler's Gift , upcoming on December 18, 2022  GRATITUDE: Many thanks to Dianne Siekmann for bec

#JewishBookMonth Reading Challenge

  For Erika's original blog post in which she introduced this Reading Challenge, click here . 

PBCL Book Talks: History of Jewish Children's Literature

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Palm Beach County Libraries Wednesday, November 16, 2022 These are the titles and resources mentioned during Heidi Rabinowitz's Zoom presentation on the history of Jewish children's literature. Most of these titles are available at Palm Beach County Libraries .  To view the presentation slides, click here .

Orthodox Excellence: New YA Novels Centering Orthodox Characters

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY BLUM / SCHEIER BOOKS     ๐Ÿ•ฎ    Representation of Orthodox Judaism has been virtually non-existent in traditionally published contemporary young adult fiction, but that is starting to change. In this episode, I spoke with Leah Scheier, author of The Last Words We Said published by Simon & Schuster, and Isaac Blum, author of The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. These two young adult novels offer layered and insightful portraits of well-rounded Orthodox characters in books aimed well beyond an Orthodox readership.  LEARN MORE: Buy The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen Buy The Last Words We Said   Isaac Blum's website Leah Scheier's website Leah's Tikkun Olam suggestion: support Save a Child's Heart BONUS: JEWISH BOOK MONTH RECOMMENDATIONS LEAH: I'm happy to recommend THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak for its beautiful prose, YOU&

The Very Best Sukkah

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     ๐Ÿ•ฎ    The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda is Shoshana Nambi's debut picture book. She is a member of the Abayudaya, the Jewish community of Uganda, and is in the U.S. studying at Hebrew Union College to become the country's first female rabbi. This delightful story, rich with authentic detail, was named to the Association of Jewish Libraries' Fall 2022 Holiday Highlights list . We bring you this interview just in time for Sukkot, which takes place October 9-16, 2022.  LEARN MORE: Buy The Very Best Sukkah Kalaniot publisher website  Shoshana Nambi's online lecture for Congregation Am Haskalah Illustrator Moran Yogev's Instagram Smithsonian album Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda February 2009 Book of Life interview with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu Tikkun Olam suggestion: support Kulanu.org   CREDITS: Produced by Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Isr

Some Kind of Hate

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     ๐Ÿ•ฎ    Sarah Darer Littman does not shy away from tough topics. Her middle grade and young adult novels address religious identity, internet predation, eating disorders, and online bullying. Her new YA novel, Some Kind of Hate , addresses radicalization and antisemitism. It's an important and all too timely book that helps readers understand how ordinary people can become radicalized extremists.  LEARN MORE: Buy Some Kind of Hate Sarah Darer Littman's website Educational resources for Some Kind of Hate Deeyah Kahn's film White Right: Meeting the Enemy Washingtonian article "What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right" The Book of Life's Justice section (resources for fighting antisemitism) StoryCorps One Small Step Sarah's earlier appearances on The Book of Life in 2006 for Confessions of a Closet Catholic and 2011 for Life, After    BOOKS SUGGESTED BY SARAH:

Detour Ahead

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     ๐Ÿ•ฎ    Detour Ahead is a contemporary middle grade novel about Gila and Guillermo and the way the H4 bus in Washington DC brings them together. Pamela Ehrenberg wrote the part of Gila, a neurodivergent white Jewish girl who loves breakdancing, and Tracy Lopez wrote Guillermo, a boy from a Salvadoran immigrant family who writes poetry. I was impressed by how well the two distinct voices wove together and how real the characters felt to me. It's a quiet story but cuts right to the heart. I especially enjoyed the nuanced depiction of b'nai mitzvah: Gila doesn't just want to get through the big day, she really wants to understand what it means to be an adult.  LEARN MORE: Buy Detour Ahead Pamela Ehrenberg's website Tracy Lรณpez's website Detour Ahead playlist  VIDEO (Tracy's choice for the song that best fits this book): CREDITS: Produced by Feldman Children's Library at Congreg