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Monday, February 24, 2020

No Steps Behind

"No Steps Behind [by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Shiella Witanto] is the unlikely story of Beate Sirota Gordon, just a girl when her Russian-Austrian-Jewish family found refuge in 1930s Japan. Beate became fluent in Japanese, loved the nation’s culture and people, but hated its treatment of women and proverbs like “Women walk three steps behind.” After World War II, putting her language and cultural skills to use, she returned to Japan and fought for equal rights for women to be enshrined in the post-war Japanese post-war constitution. Though she won that battle, and remains a Japanese national hero, she is little known outside that country." -- Creston Books
I spoke with author Jeff Gottesfeld about Beate Sirota Gordon, and about the adventure of writing this picture book biography in order to bring her story to an English-speaking audience.

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Jeff Gottesfeld and Nicole Gordon (Beate's daugter)
hold a picture of Beate Sirota Gordon

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Sunday, February 02, 2020

2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award BLOG TOUR


[Edited, post Blog Tour, to include the links to the interviews.]

I am very pleased that the Blog Tour tradition continues at the Association of Jewish Libraries! The 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour includes interviews with the winning authors and illustrators, appearing on a variety of high profile kidlit blogs and podcasts. 

The benefit of a Blog Tour is that the various interviewers bring differing perspectives to their conversations, and different audiences of readers learn about the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. The Blog Tour adds spice and extends the reach of the awards beyond what AJL could do alone.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2020
Sue Macy and Stacy Innerst, author and illustrator of The Book Rescuer
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Picture Book Category
at 100 Scope Notes at School Library Journal
R.J. Palacio, author of White Bird
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Middle Grade Category
at The Paper Brigade Daily at The Jewish Book Council
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Rachel DeWoskin, author of Someday We Will Fly
Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Young Adult Category at Out of the Box at The Horn Book
Debbie Levy and Sonja Wimmer, author and illustrator of The Key from Spain
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Picture Book Category at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2020
LeslĂ©a Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Gittel's Journey
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Picture Book Categoryat Mr. Schu Reads
All Authors and Illustrators on The Children's Book Podcast
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Hannah Moskowitz, author of Sick Kids in Love
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Adult Categoryat Good Reads with Ronna
Andrew Maraniss, author of Games of Deception
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Middle Grade Categoryat A Fuse #8 Production at School Library Journal
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Sofiya Pasternack, author of Anya and the Dragon
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Middle Grade Categoryat From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors
Victoria Ortiz, author of Dissenter on the Bench
Sydney Taylor Honor Book in the Young Adult Categoryat Jewish Books for Kids
Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah