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.

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