Monday, September 16, 2019

The Book of Life Live Show!


Live show taping, picture by Pat Givens

At the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Los Angeles, California, we recorded a Book of Life live show. My guests were Joni Sussman of KarBen Publishing, and author/illustrator/musician Barney Saltzberg. We discussed picture book illustration while recording our conversation in front of a live audience of Judaica librarians.

At the live show, I mentioned the new Listener Survey. Please take a moment to share your feedback to help me make the show the best it can be. 

FYI, during Tikkun Olam Time, Joni mentions the organization Books for Africa, which can be found at BooksForAfrica.org.


L-R: Joni Sussman, Barney Saltzberg, Heidi Rabinowitz
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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sister Religion/Sister Kidlit


Sadaf Siddique and Gauri Manglick are the co-creators of Kitaab World, a website that promotes South Asian children's books. Within their website, they created a campaign called Counter Islamophobia Through Stories, (similar to the Love Your Neighbor campaign that I worked on to help bring Jewish books to ALL readers), and they even turned their campaign into a book called Muslims in Story

Listen now as Sadaf joins me to talk about the kidlit of our sister religion!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Happy Eid Al-Adha


In a few weeks, I'll be posting an interview with Sadaf Siddique, co-founder of Kitaab World, a website focusing on South Asian children's literature.  We'll talk about the parallels between her "Counter Islamaphobia Through Stories" campaign and the "Love Your Neighbor" campaign that I spearheaded for the Association of Jewish Libraries. While I'm a little late, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Eid al-Adha, a holiday that took place just yesterday. This celebrates the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and commemorates Abraham's near sacrifice of his son. Interestingly, I just learned that there is some dispute between Judaism and Islam about which son was to be sacrificed. In any case, we can all agree that rejecting human sacrifice was the right move!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Notes from a Young Reader

Young Aria is a voracious reader. In this interview, she shares a few of her favorite titles:
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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Viewing Opportunity: The Last Shepherd


The Last Shepherd by Evil Sun Productions is a Hebrew-language indie comedy adventure scifi fantasy film with elements of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah, made in Israel. To summarize, "A geeky programmer and his rebellious co-worker are taken by a mysterious biblical figure on a cross country adventure, trying to stop an ancient evil force, while being chased by government agents." 

I podcasted an interview with the filmmakers back in August 2017, which you can listen to below. Excitingly, the film is now available to be viewed on YouTube! Check it out here:

VIDEO



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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Cage Without Bars

Anne Dublin is a Toronto-based author and retired synagogue librarian. She is the Canadian Correspondent for The Book of Life Podcast, performing many of our interviews with Canadian creatives. She's also the author of A Cage Without Bars, a historical middle grade novel that tells the little-known tale of Jewish children kidnapped after the expulsion from Spain and enslaved on the island of São Tomé, off the coast of West Africa.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Jewish Book Carnival: June 2019


The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. It's hosted by a different blogger each month on or near the 15th. The purposes of the Jewish Book Carnival are to build community among bloggers and to promote Jewish reading.

This month, we have some very special links for you!

***Heads-up for more upcoming Jewish literary goodness! The Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference, June 17-19, 2019, will be live-blogged on Facebook. Tune in for that you-are-there feeling!

If you are a blogger who posts about Jewish literature, you are welcome to participate in future Jewish Book Carnivals. Please visit the Jewish Book Carnival HQ for guidelines.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back


Natalie Silverstein is the New York volunteer coordinator of Doing Good Together, an organization that empowers families to raise caring, engaged children. She wrote Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back to give parents practical ideas for incorporating service and the spirit of giving into family life. 



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NEWS:
The podcast Kidlit These Days honors Jewish American Heritage Month by interviewing friend-of-The-Book-of-Life Lesléa Newman, and by including Jewish kidlit reading recommendations from yours truly, Heidi Rabinowitz. Click here to listen!

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Craig Taubman & Mostly Kosher


Craig Taubman is a long-time star in the world of American Jewish rock and roll, and the founder of the Pico Union Project

Mostly Kosher is an up and coming Gypsy Rock Klezmer band whose tagline is “word to your bubbe.” 

In spring 2019, Craig Taubman brought along Mostly Kosher and together they put on a foot-stomping concert at Congregation B’nai Israel, the home of The Book of Life podcast. That gave me the chance to grab this interview, and even to include the voice of our cantor’s daughter Aria. Here’s your chance to be a fly on the wall in the green room before the show.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Honeycake Magazine: A Guest Post by Anna Caplan



Hello everyone! My name is Anna Caplan. I’m a Jewish educator, a mom, and the creator of Honeycake magazine, a new Jewish literary magazine for two- to six-year-olds. I’m excited to tell you a bit about our history and what we’re working on now! To learn more, visit our website.

Our History
The idea for Honeycake came from my four-year-old daughter’s love of children’s magazines. One day as I was renewing her subscription to Ladybug magazine, it occurred to me that I had never seen a similar type of publication for Jewish kids. I started to think about the gaps I saw in contemporary American Jewish children's literature, and how a magazine could fill some of those gaps for our family.

I was curious about what other people thought of the idea of a Jewish children’s magazine, so I started reaching out to parents, grandparents, writers, artists, educators, and librarians. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I began putting together a team, including an advisory board and a creative director (who is both an experienced graphic designer and a Jewish grandparent). We decided to start by creating a single issue of Honeycake magazine, which would be funded through Kickstarter and released in December 2019.

About the Magazine
Honeycake magazine is for families who are interested in playful, imaginative Jewish stories and activities that reflect the racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish community. The first issue will be released in December 2019, just in time for Hanukkah. In it, you'll find twenty-four pages of stories and activities created for two- to six-year-olds by Jewish writers, artists, and educators.

Contents include stories, poems, songs, puzzles, comic strips, and art activities that help kids explore Jewish ideas.

Honeycake magazine is named for the sweet dessert some Jewish people eat on Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year), and for our goal of helping families share sweet Jewish moments. Honeycake is also the name of the fun-loving bear who guides children through the magazine, asking questions families can discuss together.


Kickstarter Campaign
For a limited time, the first issue of Honeycake can be pre-ordered through our Kickstarter campaign. Backers will receive their copy of the magazine in the mail in early December — just in time for Hanukkah! You can find Honeycake on Kickstarter from May 14 to June 6, 2019.

Submit Your Work
We are accepting submissions through July 1, 2019 for our Hanukkah issue. Writers can submit work to us at submissions@honeycakemagazine.com. Visit our website for details about what we’re looking for.

We’re also interested in hiring a freelance editor to work on our first issue. The ideal candidate will have experience working on manuscripts for young children as well as a background in Jewish education. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we’d love to hear from you at hello@honeycakemagazine.com.

The Future of Honeycake
We have big plans for Honeycake! As we grow, we intend to publish four to six issues each year. We’re also exploring the possibility of adding a section for older children, so that the magazine can be shared with the whole family. Our vision is that Honeycake will serve as a platform for Jewish writers and artists and inspire the creation of new work. To follow us on our journey, you can subscribe to our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram at @honeycakemagazine.


NOTE: The Book of Life has scheduled an interview with Anna Caplan about Honeycake. Watch for Anna's episode in Fall 2019!



Thursday, May 09, 2019

Jewish Kidlit Mavens


Jewish kidlit can save the world. That's why The Book of Life has a new Facebook group, "Jewish Kidlit Mavens," where we can save the world together. This is a space for Jewish kidlit professionals (the kidlit is Jewish; the professionals may or may not be) to discuss books from early childhood through middle grade and young adult. Members may include librarians, teachers, publishers, authors, illustrators, agents, booksellers, book bloggers, reviewers, etc.

Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishKidlitMavens/. Let's schmooze! 


Friday, May 03, 2019

"Jewish Kidlit, Mostly"



Children’s Book Week runs from April 29-May 5, 2019. This year is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. The 2019 theme is “Read Now. Read Forever.”

Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to announce The Book of Life’s new focus on Jewish children’s literature. We’ve always had a strong emphasis on books for youth, but now we are making a conscious choice to prioritize coverage of kidlit, with occasional forays into other topics. Instead of defining ourselves as “a show about Jewish books, music, film and web,” The Book of Life is now officially “a show about Jewish kidlit, mostly.”

Why this change? 
Because kidlit will save the world. Books read in youth are formative, making an especially strong impact. Jewish books help Jewish kids create their religious and cultural identities, and help other kids understand and empathize with Jews. Through mirrors and windows polished bright by tikkun olam, Jewish kidlit makes the world a better place.

What to expect?
The Book of Life will continue to offer occasional interviews with creators of Jewish music, film, web, and books for teens and adults. However, priority will be given to Jewish children’s books. This will not be a drastic change, as at least half of the podcast’s content has been kidlit since we kicked off in 2005.

Watch for upcoming episodes featuring children's historical fiction, biography, and folklore. We'll cover the launch of a new early childhood magazine and our LA live show in June will focus on picture book illustration. True to the "mostly" description, we've got a musical episode in the works. The podcast will continue to deliver the creator backstories that you've come to know and love.



Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster


May 1 is May Day, the chimney sweeps’ holiday. It’s the perfect day to bring you a podcast about Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier. The book introduces us to Nan, a chimney climber, and her golem friend Charlie, a creature made of soot. This middle grade novel won the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Jewish children’s books, along with numerous other literary awards. In this lush, dense interview, Jonathan gives us much to think about!

Here are links to some of the resources mentioned during our conversation:
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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Length of a String

The Length of a String won a 2019 Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Older Readers Category. It's a middle grade novel about Imani, an adopted black Jewish girl who wants to learn about her birth parents. When she inherits a Holocaust-era diary from her Jewish great-grandmother, she begins to see family in a whole new way. I spoke to author Elissa Brent Weissman by Skype.





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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Podcast Live Show!



The Book of Life Podcast will host a Live Show in Woodland Hills, California near Los Angeles on June 17, 2019 at 5:30PM as part of the Association of Jewish Libraries 54th Annual Conference. Guests include Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing and author / illustrator / musician Barney Saltzberg, famous for his book Beautiful Oops. The live show is free! Conference-goers get in automatically. All others must RSVP by June 10th to be admitted. Email bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com for details. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Kosher Baker


Paula Shoyer is known as The Kosher Baker. I met her at Limmud, a one day conference of Jewish learning on a wide variety of topics, held in December 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida. Paula was there to present two sessions: "Are Your Jewish Holiday Meals Dangerous?" and "Jewish Cookbooks Tell Our Stories." We sat down between sessions in the breezy courtyard for this interview.

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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel  
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Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Takeaways from "Beyond the Holocaust & Holidays"



The Highlights Foundation symposium "Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays: Who Are We and What Are We Writing?" asked these questions: What stories do today’s children need from Jewish book creators and about Jewish people? What stories speak to our varied experiences? And how can we diversify the existing body of Jewish children’s literature? Participants gathered to explore where Jewish novelists fit in the business of writing for children and teens.

"Beyond the Holocaust" was featured on The Book of Life in January 2019 when we recorded a panel discussion among several of the presenters. The workshop was held in March 2019, and I invited organizer Linda Epstein to reflect on how it went.

LINDA EPSTEIN
 "We can literally make the world a better place one book at a time."

Rather than being structured as a weekend where the faculty were teaching the students principles or concepts relative to writing Jewish children’s literature, the weekend was structured as a symposium—a four day conversation—where the free exchange of ideas and experiences between the participants and faculty might open up a larger conversation about what Jewish children’s literature can be. The participants, who were all writers, showed up having thought about their Jewishness relative to their writing, whether they’d written anything considered to be “Jewish” or not.

"Although Jewish writers and publishing professionals might not be marginalized within the profession, Jewish stories are."

One of the goals for the weekend was to talk about where Jewish people and Jewish stories fit in the conversation about diversity and representation of marginalized groups in children’s publishing. The symposium was organized as a series of keynotes and round table discussions. We posed questions, which the participants were able to dive into and grapple with, both individually and with the faculty at the round-tables. One take-away, that I think most of the group got, was that although Jewish writers and publishing professionals might not be marginalized within the profession, Jewish stories are. I think this is a diversity issue unique to Jewish kidlit. The push for diversity in publishing hasn’t yet fully included or embraced the idea that Jewish stories are just as important and needed as stories from other marginalized groups.

"We talked about how Ashkenazi and Sephardic representation are different, as well as about Jews who are people of color, or queer, or disabled, Orthodox, observant, or secular, Israeli or not."

As well, diversity within the Jewish population was discussed, both by what was presented from the faculty, as well as emerging organically from the participants. Being Jewish doesn’t mean just one thing. We talked about how Ashkenazi and Sephardic representation are different, as well as about Jews who are people of color, or queer, or disabled, Orthodox, observant, or secular, Israeli or not. One of the biggest things that I think many of the participants came away with is that however they are—as a Jew—is Jewish enough. We all have the right to claim our Jewishness on the page and in our stories, whatever that may look like.


I honestly think that the faculty learned just as much as the participants. One participant said she’d never been to another conference where there wasn’t a hierarchy between the faculty and participants. The goal was to learn from each other, with the faculty there to share their particular expertise, but also to engage in dialogue.

"People were energized by the idea that Jewish fantasy writers have our own myths, legends, mythical creatures, and magical systems from which to draw."

Many of us learned about a rich well of tradition of Jewish fantastical elements—from witches and vampires and dragons and unicorns—that we can draw from. I think Rena Rossner’s keynote opened up the eyes and creative minds of just about everyone in the room, when she shared her vast knowledge of the subject. So many people were energized by the idea that Jewish fantasy writers have our own myths, legends, mythical creatures, and magical systems from which to draw.


I believe we all walked away with more courage to write stories that might be classified as Jewish stories; because the more stories submitted to agents and publishers the more chance they will get published. It’s a numbers game. 

"It’s like shouting into the wind to only be engaged in this conversation with writers if publishing houses won’t make our stories into books."

It is my intention to have more people who work in publishing at the next symposium as participants. It’s like shouting into the wind to only be engaged in this conversation with writers if publishing houses won’t make our stories into books. Jewish publishing professionals are in a unique position to bring change to their publishing houses.


"My hope is that the symposium will open up the larger conversation about Jewish representation in children’s stories so that  publishers will see the value in creating Jewish books that all readers can connect with."

The increase in hate crimes towards Jewish people and the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and globally is skyrocketing. Publishing books for kids written by Jewish people, that have Jewish characters or Jewish stories, can make a direct impact on that. The mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors everyone talks about books providing, can influence how non-Jewish kids and adults see Jewish people, and how Jewish kids and adults see themselves. My hope is that the symposium will open up the larger conversation about Jewish representation in children’s stories—beyond Holocaust stories, and beyond stories about our holidays—so that  publishers will see the value in creating Jewish books that all readers can connect with. It’s been scientifically proven that reading novels creates more empathy in human beings. We can literally make the world a better place one book at a time.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Craig Taubman is Coming to Town!


Craig Taubman is coming to Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton! If you will be in South Florida, don't miss this show! Call 561-241-8118 for tickets or BUY TICKETS HERE.

Listen to a special message from Craig now, and keep an eye on The Book of Life for an upcoming full-length interview!

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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel  
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Monday, March 11, 2019

Fania's Heart: A Birthday Card in Auschwitz


The Book of Life’s Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin spoke to author Anne Renaud after she won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fania’s Heart, a Holocaust picture book for older readers. It’s the true story of a heart-shaped birthday card created in Auschwitz at great personal risk by women prisoners, from scraps of fabric, stolen materials, and glue made out of bread and water, for the 20th birthday of fellow prisoner Fania Landau Fainer. The real heart is now in the Montreal Holocaust Museum, and it’s one of the few surviving objects created by prisoners of Auschwitz. Be sure to check out this documentary, which was the inspiration for Renaud to write this book.

For a book about Fania, aimed at teen readers, see Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott.





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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Meet Me at the Well


Before I moved from Massachusetts back to Florida, I visited with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin to talk about their joint book of original feminist midrash, Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible. We sat down in Jane’s sunny kitchen and they just let it all pour out; I hardly needed to ask any questions!

I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite Biblical women, so please do call our voicemail at 561-206-2473 or leave a comment at bookoflifepodcast.com.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog Tour 10th Anniversary!

Ten years ago in 2009, the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee dreamed up the brilliant idea of celebrating each year's gold and silver medalists with a blog tour: a virtual book tour in which authors and illustrators appear on a variety of Jewish and literary blogs during a celebratory week soon after the annual winner reveal. Because the Internet is forever (mostly), you can still read interviews from ten years' worth of winners!



SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009

Karen Hesse, author of Brooklyn Bridge
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Children

Aranka Siegal, author of Memories of Babi
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Book of Life


MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009

Richard Michelson
, author of As Good As Anybody

Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
and A is for Abraham
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Well-Read Child

Ron Mazellan, illustrator of A is for Abraham
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Tales from the Rushmore Kid

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 2009


Valerie Zenatti, author of A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Lori Calabrese Writes

Jane Yolen, author of Naming Liberty
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Boston Bibliophile
 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009

Anna Levine, author of Freefall
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
and Jodie's Hanukkah Dig
Notable Book in the Younger Readers Category
at Abby the Librarian

Jim Burke, illustrator of Naming Liberty
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Page Flipper (no longer available)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009


Jacqueline Jules
, author of Sarah Laughs
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Chicken Spaghetti

Natascia Ugliano, illustrator of Sarah Laughs
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Write for a Reader

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009


Deborah Bodin Cohen, author of Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Becky's Book Reviews

Shahar Kober, illustrator of Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Into the Wardrobe


Monday, February 1, 2010
April Halprin Wayland
, author of New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Practically Paradise at School Library Journal

Monday, February 1, 2010
Stephane Jorisch, illustrator of New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Frume Sarah's World

Monday, February 1, 2010
Margarita Engle
, author of Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at bookstogether

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Robin Friedman
, author of The Importance of Wings

Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Little Willow's Bildungsroman

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Jacqueline Davies
, author of Lost

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Biblio File

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Jonah Winter
, author of You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Get in the Game: Read!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Elka Weber
, author of The Yankee at the Seder

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at BewilderBlog

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Adam Gustavson
, illustrator of The Yankee at the Seder

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Great Kids Books

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Judy Vida
, daughter of the late Selma Kritzer Silverberg, author of Naomi's Song

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at The Book Nosher

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Jacqueline Jules, author of Benjamin and the Silver Goblet
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at ASHarmony

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Natascia Ugliano, illustrator of Benjamin and the Silver Goblet
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Book of Life

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Deborah Bodin Cohen, author of Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ima On and Off the Bima

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Jago, illustrator of Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Children

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010
Annika Thor, author of A Faraway Island
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Little Book Room

Friday, February 5, 2010
Ellen Frankel, author of The JPS Illustrated Bible for Children
Sydney Taylor Notable Book for All Ages
at Deo Writer



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011

Carla Jablonski, author of Resistance
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Jewish Comics


Leland Purvis, illustrator of Resistance
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Shelf-Employed


Sarah Gershman, author of Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Biblio File


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011

Linda Glaser, author of Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at ASHarmony


Claire Nivola, illustrator of Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Lori Calabrese


Evelyn Krieger, author of One Is Not a Lonely Number
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Ima On and Off the Bima


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011

Barbara Diamond Goldin, author of Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Great Kid Books


Jaime Zollars, illustrator of Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Book of Life


Susan Lynn Meyer, author of Black Radishes
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The 3 Rs - Reading, 'Riting, and Research


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011

Howard Schwartz, author of Gathering Sparks
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Boston Bibliophile


Barry Deutsch, author and illustrator of Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at BewilderBlog


Dana Reinhardt, athor of The Things a Brother Knows
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

Kristina Swarner, illustrator of Gathering Sparks
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
and illustrator of Modeh Ani: A Good Morning Book
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The SCBWI Blog


Sarah Darer Littman, author of Life, After
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Into the Wardrobe


Eishes Chayil, author of Hush
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Cateogry
at Frume Sarah's World


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Morris Gleitzman, author of Once
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readeres Category
at The Fourth Musketeer


Sydney Taylor Award Winners - Wrap-Up
All winners, all categories
at The Whole Megillah


Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Holly Meade, illustrator of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Shelley Sommer, author of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, Baseball Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

Marcia Vaughan, author of Irena's Jar of Secrets
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

Ron Mazellan, illustrator of Irena's Jar of Secrets
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Trina Robbins, author of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

Anne Timmons (and possibly Mo Oh), illustrators of of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category 

Morris Gleitzman, author of Then
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012

Michael Rosen, author of Chanukah Lights
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Robert Sabuda, illustrator/paper engineer of Chanukah Lights
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category

Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Durga Yael Bernhard, author & illustrator of Around the World in One Shabbat
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Shirley Vernick, author of The Blood Lie
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Eric Kimmel, author of The Golem's Latkes
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Gloria Spielman, author of Marcel Marceau, Master of Mime
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

Richard Michelson, author of Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

Sydney Taylor Award Winners – Wrap-Up
All winners, all categories
at The Whole Megillah



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Ann Redisch Stampler, author of The Wooden Sword
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Shelf-Employed 

Carol Liddiment, illustrator of The Wooden Sword
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Ann Koffsky’s Blog 

Doreen Rappaport, author of Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Teen Readers Category
at Bildungsroman

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
  
Linda Glaser, author of Hannah’s Way
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at This Messy Life 

Adam Gustavson, illustrator of Hannah’s Way
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger ReadersCategory
at Sketching Out

Louise Borden, author of His Name was Raoul Wallenberg
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Randomly Reading 

Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at The Fourth Musketeer 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 

Sheri Sinykin, author of Zayde Comes to Live
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
at Read, Write, Repeat 

Kristina Swarner, illustrator of Zayde Comes to Live
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
at Writing and Illustrating 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013

Linda Leopold Strauss, author of The Elijah Door
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
at Pen and Prose 

Alexi Natchev, illustrator of The Elijah Door
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
at Madelyn Rosenberg’s Virtual Living Room 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at 
The Whole Megillah 




SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Renee Londner, author of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Write Stuff


Martha Aviles, illustrator of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Practically Paradise at School Library Journal


Aline Sax, author, Caryl Strzelecki, illustrator, and Laura Watkinson, translator of The War Within These Walls
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, Research


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014

Laurel Snyder, author of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Geo Librarian


Catia Chen, illustrator of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Holy Sparks


Robyn Bavati, author of Dancing in the Dark
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Bildungsroman


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Randomly Reading


Carol Matas, author of Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Pen and Prose


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Cosei Kawa, illustrator of Rifka Takes a Bow
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Children


Elisabeth Leyson, contributor to The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler’s List 
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Interlace Place



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Ann Koffsky's Blog


Blog Tour Wrap-Up with All Authors and Illustrators
at The Whole Megillah

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Una La Marche, author of Like No Other
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Bildungsroman


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Lizzie Skurnick, publisher of Isabel's War by Lila Perl
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Pen and Prose


Jennifer Elvgren and Fabio Santomauro, author and illustrator of The Whispering Town
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Fourth Musketeer


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Loic Dauvillier, Mark Lizano and Greg Salsedo, creators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Interlace Place


Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather's Coat
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Sandra Bornstein's Blog - Part 1 and Part 2


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Barbara Krasner and Kelsey Garrity-Riley, author and illustrator of Goldie Takes a Stand
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Adventures in MamaLand


Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Kids


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Donna Gephart, author of Death by Toilet Paper
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Amitha Knight


Jacqueline Jules and Durga Yael Bernhard, author and illustrator of Never Say a Mean Word Again
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ann Koffsky's Blog with separate Author and Illustrator interviews


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at The Whole Megillah




MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ann Koffsky's Blog, with separate Author and Illustrator interviews


Suzanne Nelson, author of

Serendipity's Footsteps
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Bildungsroman


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Jeffrey M. Green, translator of Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, illustrated by Philippe Dumas
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Kids


Barry Deutsch, author of Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Jewish Comics


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council


Heidi Smith Hyde and Jing Jing Tsong, author and illustrator of Shanghai Sukkah
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Kristi's Book Nook


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Leslie Kimmelman, author of Everybody Says Shalom, illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Book Q and A's with Deborah Kalb


Kathy Kacer, author of Stones on a Grave
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Randomly Reading


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at The Whole Megillah




MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Gavriel Savit, author of Anna and the Swallow Man
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Book Q and A's with Deborah Kalb


Andrea Davis Pinkney (author), Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (illustrators) of A Poem for Peter
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Book of Life


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley, author and illustrator of I Dissent
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ima On and Off the Bima


Joel Ben Izzy, author of Dreidels on the Brain
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Bildungsroman


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly, author and illustrator of The Inquisitor's Tale
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

Michelle Edwards and G. Brian Karas, author and illustrator of A Hat for Mrs. Goldman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Kids


Richard Michelson and Edel Rodriguez, author and illustrator of Fascinating
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at The Horn Book Blog


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at The Whole Megillah




SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Tammar Stein, author of The Six-Day Hero
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Walk the Ridgepole


Kathy Kacer, author of To Look a Nazi in the Eye
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Bildungsroman


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Richard Michelson and Karla Gudeon, author and illustrator of The Language of Angels
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Jewish Books for Kids


Alan Gratz, author of Refugee
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Out of the Box at The Horn Book


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Fawzia Gilani-Williams and Chiara Fedele, author and illustrator of Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ima On and Off the Bima


Susan Krawitz, author of Viva, Rose!
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council


Antonio Iturbe, author of The Librarian of Auschwitz
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at The Book of Life


Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Book Q and A's with Deborah Kalb


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Jacqueline Jules and Yevgenia Nayberg, author and illustrator of Drop by Drop
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Adventures in MamaLand


Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, co-authors of This is Just a Test
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Scroll at Tablet Magazine


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at The Whole Megillah




SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Emily Jenkins and Paul Zelinsky, author and illustrator of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Out of the Box at the Horn Book


Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré, author and illustrator of Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall's Life
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at A Fuse #8 Production at School Library Journal


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Jonathan Auxier, author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at The Prosen People at The Jewish Book Council


Jane Breskin Zalben and Mehrdokht Amini, author and illustrator of A Moon for Moe and Mo
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Good Reads with Ronna


Elissa Brent Weissman, author of The Length of a String
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Mr. Schu Reads


Susan Kusel and Rebecca Levitan, leadership of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
at The Children's Book Podcast


The Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA's Youth Media Awards
at the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Blog


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Vesper Stamper, author of What the Night Sings
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast


Erica Perl, author of All Three Stooges
Sydney Tayor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with all authors and illustrators
at The Whole Megillah


Reflections on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards at ALA
at Susan Kusel's Blog

Blog Tour 10th Anniversary Round-Up
at The Book of Life