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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.


The Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee Celebrates Promoting Tolerance for 20 Years

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 10/29/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author

As we mourn the deaths of those in the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy, it’s comforting to know that there are many good people in the world who stand with us. November 9 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee, in which the teachers and students of this small rural community undertook to understand the magnitude of the death of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah. Our book, “Six Million Paper Clips,” which documents this project, continues to sell well throughout the world. Here are the remarks by our good friends and authors Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, which will be read at the 20th anniversary event.        

Trailblazers from the Start

Posted by by Tami Lehman-Wilzig on 10/11/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
            I know you're going to chuckle and think yeah, yeah when I say Jews have been trailblazers from the word go, but think about it. Long before environmental protection topped the world agenda it was an issue embedded in the bible; long before the “mosaic society” became part-and-parcel of 21st century life, Jews were a multi-cultural people by virtue of the diaspora. Then seventy years ago, a Jewish state with an entrepreneurial spirit was born embracing both.  By the end of its first decade the country had become a collage of cultures, its scientists exploring ways to harness solar power and create technology for maximizing limited water resources.

A Bit About Birds with 'All Eyes on Alexandra' Author Anna Levine

Posted by Anna Levine on 9/12/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Tucked into a hard-to-find patch of wilderness, where the trees are not trimmed and the plants grow wild, is Jerusalem's Bird Observatory. This patch of urban nature allows the birds to find places to hide from the sun, rain, and other animals.

Long Distance Correspondence Between Creatives

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 8/24/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Most often, despite the seeming collaboration, authors and illustrators of children’s books never meet or work directly with each other. Even so, results that seem almost magical can be achieved in the final product. One very special book is An Unlikely Ballerina by Krystyna Poray Goddu (who is based in New York) and illustrated by Cosei Kawa (who is based in Japan), a great example of the interplay between story and image. Krystyna was curious about a unique element of Cosei’s art, and wrote to him to ask about it:

When a Rabbi Writes a Potty-Training Book

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 8/7/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky has held many leadership positions in Jewish organizations.

He has written over 70 books and hundreds of articles

Yet, despite his many accomplishments, Rabbi Olitzky says that his latest project might be the most exciting of his career so far: writing a potty-training book with a Jewish bent. Where's the Potty On This Ark? is a whimsical retelling of the Noah's ark story. 

Guest Review: The World Needs Beautiful Things

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 7/17/2018 to Bible

This book is set in ancient Egypt. Let me set the scene for you: a marvelous boy filled with curiosity and optimism is enamored by every single thing that catches his eye. He finds beauty in all things. This boy, Bezalel, turns out to be, with other Israelites under Egyptian rule, a slave. However, his genuine curiosity and appreciating for all things--mostly forgotten things--is refreshing. His clinging to his ‘beautiful things box’ definitely hits home.


Cave Diving Expert Chris Nicola on the Thai Soccer Team Rescue

Posted by Kar-Ben on 7/10/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Mazel tov on the rescue of the young soccer players, and thanks to their intrepid team of divers! The world breathes a collective sigh of relief this morning as the twelfth boy and their coach have been safely rescued from a Thai cave after more than two weeks of being trapped. 

Congrats to author Tzivia MacLeod, 2018 Crystal Kite Winner!

Posted by on 6/1/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Given to fifteen books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kites Awards are peer-selected, voted on by SCBWI members from local regions. Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod was recognized by her fellow authors in the Middle East/India/Asia region with the award. Read about the awards here.
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 The Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee Celebrates Promoting Tolerance for 20 Years
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