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Response to Jewish Kidlit Article in The Forward

In The Jewish Daily Forward, January 31, 2012, an article appeared entitled "Who Will Light Up Jewish Kids Lit? Death of Two Authors Leaves Gaping Hole in Genre." Written by Kveller.com editor Deborah Kolben, the article mourns the passing of two literary giants, Simms Taback and Russell Hoban.  The passing of these two authors is certainly sad, but I have to disagree with Kolben's contention that their deaths mark the end of Jewish kidlit, and I also disagree with her overview of the state of the genre. I drafted a response to leave as a comment at The Forward, but it exceeded the 3000 word limit. Thus, my response is posted here at The Book of Life. I urge you to visit  http://forward.com/articles/150253/ to read the original article, to consider my points posted here, and to add your own responses either at The Book of Life or at The Forward. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kolben declares that “good storytelling is what’s missing” and calls for Jewish kidlit to be held

2012 Sydney Taylor Blog Tour, Day 1: Baseball and Noah's Ark

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour is off to a great start today with three excellent interviews! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Susan Campbell Bartoletti , author of Naamah and the Ark at Night Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Ima On & Off the Bima Holly Meade , illustrator of Naamah and the Ark at Night Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category at Into the Wardrobe Shelley Sommer , author of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, Baseball Pioneer Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category at Great Kid Books