Catch Me a Classic!


     🕮    In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we celebrate classic Jewish children's books!

> The All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor, about five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century, helped to create the genre of Jewish children's literature. We speak with Sydney's daughter, Jo Taylor Marshall, to get the inside scoop. Related info:
> The Sydney Taylor Book Award
> The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award
> The All-of-a-Kind Family Companion (a reader's guide)

> Author Michelle Edwards talks about her picture book, Chicken Man, which takes place on an Israeli kibbutz. Good news: Chicken Man will be back in print in January 2008, reissued by New South Books!

> We discuss The Rabbi and the 29 Witches by Marilyn Hirsh with her editor, Margery Cuyler (who is also a children's book author). Publisher Marshall Cavendish is considering bringing it back into print as part of their new Classics line. To encourage them, or suggest other titles, email

> Librarian Tasha Bergson-Michelson and two of her enthusiastic students at Peninsula Temple Sholom tell us how they chose The Rabbi and the 29 Witches for their Readers' Choice Award.


> Feldman Library, the home base of The Book of Life podcast, will hold a Blogathon on November 21, 2007! Please post a comment at to show your support for Jewish libraries, and to show Heidi's patrons that there are lots of fellow Jewish book-lovers out there!


Background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Additional background music for this episode is provided by Brian Smith at The Laughing Librarian's "BibDitties" (copyright 2006).

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel


Marie Cloutier said…
thanks for another great podcast! You're a terrific interviewer and your enthusiasm for Jewish literature really shines through! Brava!
Marie Cloutier