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New Beginnings in Fall - Fresh New Books from Kar-Ben

Posted by Kar-Ben editor on 9/4/2019 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author

September always feels like a new beginning—the start of the school year, the launch of a new book season, and the start of the Jewish New Year. All three converge at Kar-Ben Publishing, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, proudly the largest publisher of exclusively Jewish-themed children’s books in the world!

Just as the new year (which happens to be 5780) begins on Rosh Hashanah, Kar-Ben’s new book season kicks off with a Rosh Hashanah board book featuring an old friend. In Shanah Tovah,Grover!, Grover and his Sesame Street friends prepare for the holiday and wish each other “Shanah Tovah” (Hebrew for “a good year”)!

Tisha B'Av - A Time to Dig Deep

Posted by Kar-Ben Publishing on 8/6/2019
Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av (tisha means 9 in Hebrew), is a day for mourning the loss of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition, both of the Temples were destroyed on that day: the first in 586 BCE and the second in 70 AD. For many centuries, the Temples were the center of Jewish life, and where people came to pray on the holidays of Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot.

School’s Out for Summer! Hot Books for Warm Days

Posted by D. Bach on 7/1/2019 to Jewish Values

Summer is a time to say goodbye to long days in school, and say hello to long summer days in the sun relaxing with friends.  But for some, summer is also time for new places, new people and new experiences.

The unique experience of a Jewish summer camp, with Shabbat celebrations, special songs, dances, art, and activities introduces campers to the richness of Judaism and helps build Jewish identity.  But going to camp for the first time, may bring worries about making friends, getting homesick, and trying new things.  Even veteran campers may want to try out these books to see a slice of life at a Jewish camp.

Teacher Resources for Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by on 4/28/2019 to Holocaust
Many schools and community organizations create programs to observe the gravity of the Holocaust and to educate and create awareness among future generations.
Creating compelling programming for schools can pose a challenge, especially for children in younger grades who have not yet learned about the magnitude of the Holocaust. Children's picture books can be important tools for teaching about the Holocaust. Our books give children a first glimpse at history through unique lenses--modern cave exploration, collecting paper clips, a journey into space, and even from through perspective of a neighborhood cat.

Choosing the Right Haggadah for Your Seder

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 2/18/2019 to Passover
haggadah is a tool for storytelling and recounting the history of the Jewish people. It’s a source for prayer and song. It can include discussion questions and invite many levels of participation in the seder. The experience of storytelling is the most powerful when everybody is actively engaged. Do you want one individual to lead the seder, reading the story to those around the table? Do you want seder participants to take turns reading parts of the service? Selecting the best haggadah for your seder can be a lot of fun! You may even decide to use more than one! Here’s how to determine which haggadah(s) will work best for your group.

Welcoming This Bird Home: Translating Yuvi's Candy Tree into Hebrew

Posted by Lesley Simpson on 1/10/2019
This is the launch speech in English writer Lesley Simpson delivered in Ranana, Israel to celebrate the Hebrew translation of Yuvi’s Candy Tree. Learn how a movement began to share this story with people all across Israel

Compelling Story of Modern Exodus Shared In Israel

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 1/9/2019 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
This is a story of radical hope. Yuvi’s Candy Tree (Kar-Ben Books 2011)  is a children’s picture book written by Canadian writer Lesley Simpson.  The book was inspired by Yuvi Tashome, who as a five year old girl, outwitted robbers in her exodus from Ethiopia to a Sudanese refugee camp. The book grew out of an interview Simpson, a Canadian journalist and children’s book writer (lesleysimpson.ca) requested with Yuvi Tashome when she was in North America in 2009, raising awareness and money for the NGO she founded in Israel called Friends by Nature.  When Simpson heard Tashome describe her Biblical-like exodus, it felt to her as if the Haggadah was coming alive before her eyes. She imagined a picture book and then wrote Yuvi’s Candy Tree.

Harry Lerner presents 100,000th book at PJ Library Minneapolis’ 10th birthday celebration

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 11/13/2018
Lerner Publishing founder and PJ Library supporter Harry Lerner presented Noah Parks with the program’s milestone 100,000th free book at an event celebrating ten years of PJ Library, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) held November 11. Parks, now age 11, has been receiving free books monthly since the inception of the program ten years ago.

Remembering Kristallnacht

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 11/6/2018
"It is not easy to tell young kids the horrifying truth about the Holocaust, but this picture book is a good place to start."
--Booklist

Celebrating Family Time

Posted by Jacqueline Jules on 10/31/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author

In 1995, when my boys were 11 and 14, I purchased a lovely book called Eight Nights, Eight Lights: Family Values for Each Night of Hanukkah, compiled by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky. It contained short inspirational passages to be read aloud as part of the candle-lighting ceremony. Some sections were written by modern rabbis. Others came from older Jewish texts. But each one provided a meaningful moment of reflection which added to our Hanukkah celebration, making this family time together more than just a gift-giving event.


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 New Beginnings in Fall - Fresh New Books from Kar-Ben
 Tisha B'Av - A Time to Dig Deep
 School’s Out for Summer! Hot Books for Warm Days
 Teacher Resources for Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day
 Choosing the Right Haggadah for Your Seder

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