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Sunday, January 12, 2020

A Bisl Yiddish: Bikher fur Kinder



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Yiddish is really popular right now. From the annual Yidstock festival each summer to the off-Broadway Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof, the mameloshn seems to be everywhere. That's even true in children's publishing. Today I have a joint interview with three authors who've created kidlit related to Yiddish language or culture. Sue Macy is the author of the picture book biography, The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come, about Aaron Lansky who founded the Yiddish Book Center. Debby Levy, who appeared on The Book of Life in November 2016 to talk about her RBG biography I Dissent, is back with her picture book Yiddish Saves the Day. And Valerie Estelle Frankel has written a humorous chapter book called Chelm for the Holidays. These three shayne meydelekh joined me to talk about the resurgence of Yiddish, after an introductory clip of "We're Gonna Learn Some Yiddish" written and performed by Rebecca Schoffer, and inspired by the picture book Goodnight Bubbala by Sheryl Haft.

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Related books, crowdsourced on the Jewish Kidlit Mavens Facebook group:

The Sages of Chelm and the Moon by Shlomo Abas
Chanukah in Chelm by David Adler
Malke's Secret Recipe by David Adler
Shmutzy Girl, Noshy Boy, Shluffy Girl, Kvetchy Boy and Klutzy Boy by Anne-Marie Asner 
The Brothers Schlemiel by Mark Binder
A Hanukkah Present by Mark Binder
The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch by Carol Chapman 
Just Stay Put by Gary Clement
The Yiddish Fish by Santiago Cohen
Kishke for Koppel by Aubrey Davis
A Hat for Mrs Goldman by Michelle J Edwards
Oy Feh So by Cary Fagan
Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls by Linda Glaser
Way Too Many Latkes by Linda Glaser
The Silly World of Chelm by Zalman Goldstein
Oy Vey! Life in a Shoe by Bonnie Meltzer Grubman
Goodnight Bubbala by Sheryl Haft
Five Little Gefiltes by Dave Horowitz
Once Upon a Shabbos by Jacqueline Jules
The Jar of Fools by Eric Kimmel
Right Side Up: Adventures in Chelm by Eric Kimmel
The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman
Estie the Mensch by Jane Kohuth
A Confused Hanukkah by Jon Koons
Shlomo Travels to Warsaw by David Kudler
The Tushy Book by Fran Manushkin
Good Night Wind by Linda Marshall
Too Young for Yiddish by Richard Michelson
A Kiss on the Keppie by Lesléa Newman
Shlemiel Crooks by Anna Olswanger
Beautiful Yetta: the Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater
Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten by Daniel Pinkwater
The Angel's Mistake by Francine Prose
The Demons' Mistake by Francine Prose
The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg
The Wise Folk of Chelm by Seymour Rossel
Strudel Strudel Strudel by Steve Sanfield
The Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry Tales by Solomon Simon
The Fools of Chelm and Their History by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
My Yiddish Vacation by Ione Skye
Nosh Schlep Schluff: BabYiddish by Laurel Snyder
Shlemazel and the Remarkable Spoon of Pohost by Ann Stampler
In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times edited by David Stromberg
Can Hens Give Milk? by Joan Betty Stuchner
The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band by Joan Betty Stuchner
My First Yiddish Word Book by Joni Sussman
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Kibitzers and Fools by Simms Taback
Raisins and Almonds by Susan Tarcov
Rachel Captures the Moon by Richard Ungar
Rachel's Gift by Richard Ungar
Rachel's Library by Richard Ungar

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