Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero


    🕮    In December 2018 I interviewed Emily Jenkins about her picture book All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah. Now Emily's back, in the guise of E. Lockhart, the pen name she uses for her young adult fiction, to talk about her graphic novel Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero, featuring a Jewish teen superhero with enhanced canine superpowers and a Great Dane sidekick named Lebowitz.

This episode is sponsored by Every Child a Reader in association with the Children's Book Council, in honor of Children's Book Week, November 8-14, 2021. This year's theme is "Reading is a Superpower!" Take the Superpower Challenge! Learn all about it HERE.

Sponsorship also comes from the Association of Jewish Libraries, and I'm happy to announce that The Book of Life now has an AJL "sister podcast," Nice Jewish Books, a show about Jewish fiction for adults, hosted by my friend and fellow librarian Sheryl Stahl. Check out her first episode with cozy quilting mystery writer Mary Marks. Listen past the credits of this episode to hear a teaser from Sheryl!

Whistle is one of over 100 kidlit titles listed in The Book of Life's new Casual Jewish Diversity section. These are books which include Jewish representation, but the story doesn't rely on the Jewish identity of the characters. Check it out under the READ tab at Bookoflifepodcast.com, and if you have more titles to suggest, email me at bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com.


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Mia said…
Thank you so much for sharing about casual diversity in Jewish KidLit with Multicultural Children's Book Day. I read her All of a Kind Family picture book and loved it. That is a beloved childhood series for me and my girls also loved it. It's nice to see that this series will live on with new authors.