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1. A Jewish Multicultural LibGuide

Librarian Ana Kurland has created a LibGuide to help readers find multicultural Jewish books for children and adults, and she credits The Book of Life's Diversity episode as the resource that made it possible!

Ana says:

What is a Multicultural Jewish Family?
It can be anything.
It can be a family with parents of different backgrounds.  One could be Ashkenazi, one Sephardic.  One could have been raised in the USA, and the other in Israel or Argentina.
They can all be Jewish, or be interfaith.
They can be of different races, ethnic groups, or native languages.
It can have children of different backgrounds.
She invites your suggestions of titles to add to the list. Check out her LibGuide here, and email Ana if you have additional titles to share.



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2. Welcome to Kutsher's


We start this episode by introducing Patreon, where you can show your love for The Book of Life as we enter our 10th year of podcasting! Then, it's on with the show....

Filmmaker Ian Rosenberg has created a loving tribute to the last Catskills resort in his film, Welcome to Kutsher's. I spoke with him at the film's opening in Delray Beach, Florida. The film will be available on DVD and Video-on-Demand starting June 23, 2015. Details and pre-orders at www.kutshersdoc.com.

Distributor Menemsha Films says "Kutsher's Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills.  One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's was family-owned and operated for over 100 years.  Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience— and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries— this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes."
  
Ian Rosenberg's Q&A at the opening of Welcome to Kutsher's

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3. Playing with Matches



Suri Rosen's first novel Playing with Matches (ECW Press, 2014) is the hippest and funniest Orthodox Jewish book I've ever read. Aimed at teens but enjoyable for adults too, it tells the story of how 16-year-old Raina Resnick accidentally gets swept into the secret role of matchmaker in her close-knit community. I spoke to Suri by phone at her home in Toronto.


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4. Tell NPR: What's Your Favorite Podcast Episode?




I don't know if it's too late to participate in this questionnaire, but the form is still up so let's give it a whirl. NPR asks "What's your favorite podcast episode?"

If you enjoy The Book of Life, consider sharing a favorite episode with NPR listeners! Maybe you appreciated the recent discussion of diversity. Maybe you enjoy the coverage of events like Book Expo America. Maybe you recall fondly (as I do) the time Simms Taback sang a Yiddish song on the show! (That was in August, 2006.)

Click here to access the form and tell NPR about The Book of Life! Bonus points if you share the URL.

Thanks for helping more people learn about the show!


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5. Canadian Interlude: Carol Matas


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews author Carol Matas. Matas has written 45 books for children and teens and has won many awards. Recently she was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Tuscon Jo, a novel inspired by Tuscon, Arizona's first Jewish mayor.

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6. Visible City



Tova Mirvis is well known as the author of Jewish novels The Ladies Auxiliary and The Outside World.  Her newest book, Visible City, is much less obviously Jewish, but offers a fascinating look at incidentally Jewish characters seeing each other and being seen in superficial and deep ways. Tova was moved to write the story through her longing for the big city after moving to a more suburban setting.

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7. Best of Book Expo


Best of Book Expo


Book Expo America 2014 yielded up some great interviews for The Book of Life. Since I've got a big backlog of episodes waiting to be published, I decided to publish the remaining four Book Expo episodes in one go. Take a virtual visit to the show floor with this series of interviews with the authors and publishers of Jewish books for kids, teens and adults. The episodes you'll hear are:
  • Presses with Alliterative Names
  • Eva Wiseman
  • Good ole Lerner/Kar-Ben!
  • The Pat Boone Fan Club

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8. Diversity in Jewish Kidlit


Top: Joni Sussman
Bottom, L-R: Ann Stampler, Mira Reisberg, Sylvia Rouss

Sylvia Rouss, Mira Reisberg, Joni Sussman and Ann Stampler spoke at the 2014 Association of Jewish Libraries conference on a panel responding to the Pew study "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" - and it all boils down to diversity.


Today, January 27, 2015, is Multicultural Children's Book Day. It seems like good timing to share some thoughts on diversity within Jewish children's literature.

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Submit to Kar-Ben Publishing

Submit to Apple & Honey Press

Submit to Hummingbird Literary
    (Use subject line: Jewish submission via Heidi's Podcast)

BONUS ARTICLE: MIRRORS & WINDOWS:

Here is the first in a 2-part series of articles I wrote about diversity in children's literature for EBSCO's NoveList. This article focuses on race, while the second article will focus on other forms of diversity (including religion). While these articles are not specifically Jewish, I thought you might find them of interest.


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9. The 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards!

I am thrilled to share with the you winners of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children's and teen literature! A blog tour will feature interviews with gold and silver medalists, February 8-13, 2015 - watch the AJL blog for details. The gold medalists will be presented with their awards at the 50th annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries in Washington DC this June. Mazel tov to all the authors and illustrators and their publishers!

If you haven't tried it yet, take the Sydney Taylor Buzzfeed Quiz "Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are You?" Awards committee member Elissa Gershowitz and her Horn Book colleague Shoshana Flax were instrumental in creating the quiz!


Elissa Gershowitz (STBA committee member) with podcaster Heidi Estrin
at the 2014 AJL Conference
THE 2015 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:
 My Grandfather’s Coat by  Jim Aylesworth with illustrations by Barbara McClintock
(Scholastic Press)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:
Hidden:  A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier & Greg Salsedo with illustrations by Marc LIzano
(First Second, and imprint of an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:
Storm by Donna Jo Napoli
 (a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:
 Goldie Takes a Stand by Barbara Krasner with illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
(Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
Never Say a Mean Word Again by Jacqueline Jules with illustrations by Durga Yael Bernhard
(Wisdom Tales)

 Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers:
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
(Delacorte Press)
The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren , illustrated by Fabio Santomauro
(Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Teen Readers:
Isabel’s War by Lila Perl
(Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint of IG Publishing)
Like No Other by Una LaMarche
(Razor Bill, an imprint of Penguin Group)

Notable Books for Younger Readers:
Anna & Solomon by Elaine Snyder illustrated by Harry Bliss
(Macmillan)
Here is the World by Lesléa Newman illustrated by Susan Gal
(Abrams Books for Young Readers)
The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner illustrated by Kristina Swarner
(Random House Books for Young Readers)
Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
(Charlesbridge)
Simon and the Bear by Eric Kimmel illustrated by Matthew Trueman
(Disney-Hyperion)
                The Story of Passover by David A. Adler illustrated by Jill Weber
(Holiday House)

Notable Books for Older Readers:
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
(Harry N. Abrams)
From Foe to Friend & Other Stories: A Graphic Novel by S.Y. Agnon and illustrated by Shay Charka
(The Toby Press)
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin illustrated by Lee White
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Schools of Hope:  How Julius Rosenwald Helped Changed African American Education
by Norman Finkelstein
(Calkins Creek)


Under the Egg, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
( Penguin Young Readers)
 

Notable Books for Teens:
Freedom Summer:  The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin
(Holiday House)
Gottika by Helaine Becker illustrated by Alexander Griggs-Burr
(Dancing Cat Books)
Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail
(Candlewick)
Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman
(Balzer + Bray)
Rachel’s Hope by Shelly Sanders
(Second Story Press)




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10. Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are YOU?



The Association of Jewish Libraries has teamed up with The Horn Book and Lizzie Skurnick Books to create a fun Buzzfeed quiz, "Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are You?"

All-of-a-Kind Family is a classic of Jewish-American literature, the first book in a series about five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century. The character of Sarah in the books represented the author herself, Sydney Taylor. In memory of Taylor's literary achievement, the Association of Jewish Libraries presents the annual Sydney Taylor Book Awards to the best in Jewish children's literature. The 2015 winners will be announced in a matter of weeks, as of this writing!

The quiz is very entertaining, and a fun way to share your excitement about the upcoming award announcements! Take the quiz here, and share your results on social media! (Full disclosure: I got Ella!)

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11. The Longest Night


Laurel & Catia

An interview with Laurel Snyder and Catia Chen, author and illustrator of The Longest Night, an award-winning picture book that retells the story of the Exodus from a child's point of view. I sat down to interview them during the 2014 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Las Vegas, NV, where they received the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers category.

The 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards will be announced later this month!

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12. STORM on Noah's Ark



Among her many novels, Donna Jo Napoli has written a number of teen books of Jewish interest, including Stones in Water (winner of the 1998 Sydney Taylor Book Award) and its sequel Fire in the Hills, The King of Mulberry Street (a 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Book), and Daughter of Venice.

I interviewed her about her new novel STORM. It's an exciting and absorbing teen/adult crossover novel that takes place on Noah's Ark from the point of view of a young stowaway.

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13. AJL Recommends Hanukkah Books for Children

Heidi's dad playing ukulele by the light of the shamash candle


HANUKKAH BOOKS

Over at "People of the Books" (the blog of the Association of Jewish Libraries), they've posted a list of recommended Hanukkah books for children

NEW BOOKS

There are brand new books listed, like one I'm especially excited about: Honeyky Hanukkah by Woody Guthrie, illustrated by Dave Horowitz, and accompanied by a Klezmatics CD. I interviewed Nora Gurthrie in 2006 about the Klezmatics CD Happy Joyous Hanukkah based on Woody's work, and I interviewed Dave Horowitz in 2007 about his hilarious picture book Five Little Gefiltes. I'm thrilled to see them come together to create this new picture book!

OLD BOOKS

The AJL post also lists Hanukkah-themed books that have been recognized by the Sydney Taylor Book Award as gold or silver medalists or with a Notable Book designation. The Sydney Taylor Book Award has been in business since 1968, so there have been quite a few Hanukkah-related winners over the years. 

In fact, the AJL list is not comprehensive, listing Notable Books only back to 2007. For Hanukkah Notables from earlier years, you can always check the entire list of all winners ever.

MORE BOOKS

AJL recommends the books for library storytimes or for gift-giving. The Jewish Book Council has also published some gift recommendations for adults and kids, some Hanukkah books and others that would just make nice presents. What better gift than a book?

BONUS TRACK

Click here to listen to Honeyky Hanukkah!

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14. The Nazi Hunters

Neal Bascomb at the 2014
Association of Jewish Libraries Conference


In honor of Veteran's Day and to show our appreciation for those who strive to keep us safe, let's hear this interview with author Neal Bascomb about The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi. The young adult book, which was based on Bascomb's adult title Hunting Eichman, won the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category.

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15. Seminar Stories

Helaine Becker shows the cover of Gottica on her phone.

At the  Seminar on Jewish Story 2014, not only the presenters were authors. I met a few writers in the audience too, and interviewed them during the lunch break. Here are my interviews with authors Helaine Becker and Yael Zoldan.

These two authors represent the breadth of what can a Jewish children's book can be. Helaine has recently come out with Gottica, a universal fantasy novel with Jewish roots (think Golem), and Yael's new picture book is Shimmy Shambone Will Not Take a Bath, a story written for an Orthodox audience but with a protagonist any child can relate to.

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16. BEA14 Variety

Donna Spurlock of Charlesbridge

At Book Expo 2014 in NYC, I interviewed a wide range of publishers about their forthcoming Jewish titles. Hear my chats with reps from:
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17. Never Say a Mean Word Again

Jacqueline Jules & Durga Yael Bernhard

At Book Expo 2014 I met with author Jacqueline Jules and illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard, creators of the picture book Never Say a Mean Word Again. The story takes place in medieval Spain in the Muslim city of Granada and was inspired by a legend about how the Jewish royal advisor Samuel Ha-Nagid "tore out" a man's angry tongue and gave him a kind one instead. It is a powerful story of conflict resolution, as relevant today as it was centuries ago, and very timely for the High Holidays.

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18. Jo Joe



Sally Wiener Grotta stopped by Congregation B'nai Israel right before a heavy storm, to talk with me about her novel Jo Joe. It's the story of a mixed-race Jewish woman with deep prejudices about the Pennsylvania town where she grew up, and to which she has now returned.

Read a free excerpt of the book here.

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19. The Jewish Book Carnival


I am pleased to bring you the March 2014 edition of the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere! If you blog about Jewish books, you can play too! Visit the Jewish Book Carnival HQ for info about submitting your links to upcoming carnivals.
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I'd like to draw your attention to an earlier post here on The Book of Life, when I interviewed editor Steven Bergson about The Jewish Comix Anthology. The Kickstarter campaign to fund this project was successful, with 289 backers raising CAD$52,777, so we can look forward to reading this amazing collection soon.

In March, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper, about a rabbi's son who is not convinced his life has any meaning. At once both tragic and funny, this story captures the essence of family and the various bonds among family members.

The Whole Megillah welcomed a guest post by Seminar on Jewish Story fiction panelist Erika Dreifus and featured an interview with memoir panelist Tahneer Oksman. The Seminar on Jewish Story will be held May 18 at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, hosted by The Whole Megillah LLC in partnership with the Association of Jewish Libraries. Click here for info about attending the event!

On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus shares a brief and meaningful excerpt on Jewish identity from The Amos Oz Reader.

As part of the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour, Ann Koffsky interviewed author/illustrator Patricia Polacco about her award-winning picture sequel to The Keeping Quilt, called  The Blessing Cup.

At The Jewish Book Council's Prosen People blog, Emily Stone, author of Did Jew Know? looks at who's Jewish in Hollywood in "Six Degrees of Kevin's Bacon" and includes a little quiz to test your knowledge. Plus, check out this interview with Leah Vincent, author of Cut Me Loose: Sin & Salvation After My Ultra Orthodox Girlhood. 

In Israel, Kathe Pinchuck at Life is Like a Library had the opportunity to visit the Bible Lands Museum and see the exhibit "Book of Books."

Anne Perry at Reading Rabbi reviews My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead, and the timely Passover Parodies: Short Plays for the Seder Table by Shoshana Hantman.

At the Me-Ander blog, Batya Medad reviews The Hope Merchant by Adam Berkowitz.

Tzivia Jennifer MacLeod at Write Kids' Books! offers an interview with Israeli author/illustrator Miri Leshem-Pelly, and and interview with British author/illustrator Jo Litchfield, whose books have been translated into Hebrew.

Thanks to all the bloggers who submitted links, and to YOU for reading them! Join us in April when the Jewish Book Carnival will be hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah!


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20. The Seminar on Jewish Story

Temple Emanu-El

On May 18, 2014, The Seminar on Jewish Story will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, New York. This day-long event will be a celebration of Jewish literature in its many forms, from fiction to memoir, poetry to children's books. I spoke to organizer Barbara Krasner, who told me some of the exciting highlights of the Seminar, which is a co-production of the Whole Megillah and the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Click here to learn more about the Seminar on Jewish Story, or email Barbara directly at barbarakrasner [at] att [dot] net. Act soon, because she's running a $99 special on registration! I'll be at the event, and I hope to see you there....

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21. The Legacy of Jewish Swimmers

Karen Propp with Manuscript Award Chair Aileen Grossberg

Karen Propp discusses her work in progress, Freestyle, a story of Jewish female swimming champs in Europe during WWII. The unpublished work won the 2013 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. 

Freestyle is based on the true story of champion swimmer Judith Deutsch and the Viennese Hakoah swim team of the 1930s, familiar to some from the documentary film Watermarks. Despite being selected by Austria to swim in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Deutsch and her teammates boycotted the Olympics to protest the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

The novel covers two years in the life of Elly Hirsch,  Propp’s fictional incarnation of Deutsch. The Award committee felt that Freestyle with its strong sense of history, sympathetic characters, and little known story, would appeal to a wide audience and epitomize the ideals of Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind Family series. Freestyle looks at the years of the Holocaust with a unique light.

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22. Jews in Texas

Debra Winegarten and Heidi Estrin


Author Debra Winegarten and oral historian Josh Parshall of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life talk about the Jewish experience of living in Texas, recorded in Houston, TX at the 2013 Association of Jewish Libraries conference. 

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23. The Book of Life at BookExpo America 2014


I will be attending BookExpo America this year and I'm very excited!

As in past years, I'll be recording interviews for The Book of Life, and I'll be talking to publishers about the Sydney Taylor Book Award (I'm past chair of the award committee, so I like to promote it whenever I can).

Here's a message from the current awards chair, Diane Rauchwerger, for all you publishers out there:
Entries are now being considered for the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award, which recognizes the best children's literature of Jewish content. We would like to invite you to submit any children's books with a 2014 copyright that meets the criteria below. In order to be considered, a review copy must be sent to each of the nine members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. No application form is necessary; simply mail the books to each member in a package labeled "Sydney Taylor Book Award Submission."

The awards will be announced in January, 2015. To ensure that the committee has enough time to evaluate all of the submissions, there is no guarantee that books received after November 30, 2014 will be considered for the awards. Please send submissions as soon as they are available. The committee is happy to receive a pre-publication version while waiting for the bound book.

The criteria used to evaluate books for the Sydney Taylor Book Award are:

1. The book has literary merit.

2. The book has positive or authentic Jewish religious or cultural content.

3. The book is appropriate for the intended grade level in style, vocabulary, format, and illustration.

4. Whether fiction or nonfiction, the book is solidly rooted in authentic and accurate detail through scholarship and research by the author.

5. Textbooks and reprints are not eligible, although revised editions and re-illustrated editions are eligible.

You can read about past years' awards at the www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org, a section of the website of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The committee looks forward to evaluating your new books.

Sincerely,

Diane Rauchwerger, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
The Association of Jewish Libraries
chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org






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24. Queen of the Jews



Judy Petsonk visited my temple, Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, to talk about her historical novel, Queen of the Jews. It's the story of Queen Shalom-Zion, a descendent of the Maccabees, who was a real person. Along with her well-received talk for the temple, I got to sit down with Judy for a one-on-one. Enjoy!

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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries 
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band 
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25. The June 2014 Jewish Book Carnival


The June Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted at the Write Kids' Books! blog by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod. The Jewish Book Carnival, created by the Association of Jewish Libraries, is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. You'll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews, author interviews and more. 

Check out the June Jewish Book Carnival here:
http://blog.writekidsbooks.org/2014/06/carnival-of-jewish-books.html

The July  Carnival will be hosted by Susan Curtis at Susan’s Literary Café.  To participate, please submit links from your own blog to susansliterarycafe@gmail.comby July 13, 2014.

 

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