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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Coronavirus Series Changes Format

 

Our special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus, has proven to be quite popular. Between March 26-April 29, 2020 we posted ten episodes in the series. Authors whose spring promotional events were cancelled shared their books, their inspiration, and their tikkun olam suggestions with us. We heard from authors of books for children and adults, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short story, and memoir. 

As of May 2020, we are returning to our regularly scheduled programming of in-depth audio interviews with creators of Jewish kidlit. Any subsequent entries in the series will be published in written format on The Book of Life blog at www.bookoflifepodcast.com. If you are an author of a spring 2020 Jewish book and you would like to participate, please fill out this interview form.

You can listen to the 10 audio episodes in the Coronavirus series here:

1. No Entry by Gila Green (YA fiction)
2. Worse and Worse on Noah's Ark by Leslie Kimmelman (picture book)

3. Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Lesléa Newman (picture book)
4. You Are Not What We Expected by Sidura Ludwig (short stories)
5. Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World by Jeremy Benstein (nonfiction)
6. Birthright by Erika Dreifus (poetry)
7. All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen by Bernice Lerner (memoir)
8. Beyond the Ghetto Gates by Michelle Cameron (adult historical fiction)
9. Gluskin Family History: Strategies and Methods of Jewish Genealogy by David B. Levy (nonfiction)
10. Parenting on a Prayer: Ancient Jewish Secrets for Raising Modern Children by Amy Grossblatt Pessah (nonfiction)

If you'd like your own copy of any of these books, please visit The Book of Life's affiliate page at Bookshop.org to support the podcast and independent bookstores. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation

I am so pleased that my August 2019 interview with Sadaf Siddique, Sister Religion/Sister Kidlit has grown up to be an article in March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine! It's called We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation because Sadaf and I interviewed each other, continuing the discussion we began on the podcast and recommending Jewish and Muslim titles for all readers. The Horn Book is a distinguished children's literature review journal established in 1924, so I am more than honored to have my name within its pages.


Our conversation was followed by a recommended reading list of Jewish/Muslim interfaith kidlit. I've included that list below, with Book of Life affiliate links to Indiebound or Bookshop.org if available. Any purchases you make will benefit the podcast.

Recommended Interfaith Books 
 
The following titles present interfaith Muslim-Jewish friendships. For the additional booklists discussed in this article, visit kitaabworld.wordpress.com/recommendations/ and jewishlibraries.org/love_your_neighbor

Picture Books
  • Shalom, Salaam, Peace (Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1999) by Howard I. Bogot; illus. by Norman Gorbaty 
  • Snow in Jerusalem (Whitman, 2001) by Deborah da Costa; illus. by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu 
  • Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam (Kar-Ben, 2017) adapted by Fawzia Gilani-Williams; illus. by Chiara Fedele 
  • Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain (Wisdom Tales, 2014) by Jacqueline Jules; illus. by Durga Yael Bernhard 
  • Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses, and Crescents (Doubleday, 2005) by Mark Podwal 
  • A Moon for Moe and Mo (Charlesbridge, 2018) by Jane Breskin Zalben; illus. by Mehrdokht Amini
Middle Grade 
  • If You Could Be My Friend: Letters of Mervet Akram Sha’ban and Galit Fink (Orchard, 1998) edited by Litsa Boudalika; trans. by Ariane Elbaz and Beatrice Khadige 
  • Samir and Yonatan (Levine/Scholastic, 2000) by Daniella Carmi; trans. by Yael Lotan 
  • A Place at the Table (Clarion, 2020) by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan 
  • Running on Eggs (Front Street/Cricket, 1999) by Anna Levine 
  • A Ceiling Made of Eggshells (Harper/HarperCollins, 2020) by Gail Carson Levine 
  • Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community (Peachtree, 2015) by Cynthia Levinson 
  • Sharing Our Homeland: Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace Camp (Lee & Low, 2010) by Trish Marx; photos by Cindy Karp 
  • The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust (Holiday, 2009) by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix
Young Adult

Parenting on a Prayer (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Author Amy Grossblatt Pessah discusses her guide Parenting on a Prayer: Ancient Jewish Secrets for Raising Modern Children.  

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Gluskin Family History: Strategies and Methods of Jewish Genealogy (Books in the TIme of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

David B. Levy shares his family genealogical work Gluskin Family History, published through Lulu. This is volume 7 in his series of ten books on librarianship and Jewish  topics.  

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Beyond the Ghetto Gates (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)


In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Michelle Cameron shares her adult historical novel, Beyond the Ghetto Gates, published by She Writes Press. 

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Monday, April 20, 2020

All the Horrors of War (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Bernice Lerner shares her family history, All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, A British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. 

And a big shout-out to Dianne Siekmann for becoming a monthly Book of Life supporter on Patreon.com/BookofLife.Thanks, Dianne!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Birthright (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Erika Dreifus shares her poetry collection Birthright, published by Kelsay Books. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Birthright is being donated to Sefaria to support its “free, ever-growing library of Jewish texts.” 

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)



In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Jeremy Benstein shares his nonfiction adult book Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World, published by Behrman House.

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Monday, April 06, 2020

You Are Not What We Expected (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Sidura Ludwig shares her adult short story collection, You Are Not What We Expected, from House of Anansi Press.

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Welcoming Elijah (Books in the Time of Coronavirus)

In response to the pandemic, The Book of Life is hosting a special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. Authors or illustrators of new Jewish books, whose promotional events have been cancelled due to quarantine, are invited to promote their books on the podcast.

Lesléa Newman shares her picture book Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail from Charlesbridge. 

And a big shout-out to Tziporah Cohen for becoming a monthly Book of Life supporter on Patreon.com/BookofLife. Thanks, Tzippy!

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