Long Distance Correspondence Between Creatives

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:
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When a Rabbi Writes a Potty-Training Book

When a Rabbi Writes a Potty-Training Book

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. 
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Guest Review: The World Needs Beautiful Things

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.


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Cave Diving Expert Chris Nicola on the Thai Soccer Team Rescue

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. 
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Congrats to author Tzivia MacLeod, 2018 Crystal Kite Winner!

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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When a school in a tiny Tennessee town decided to remember the victims of the Shoah

Today is Yom Hashoah, a day commemorating those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring those who survivedToday’s news sites carried a story about a recent survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against GermanyAccording to the study, 41 percent of Americans —-and 66 percent of millennials—- did not know what Auschwitz was.
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An Author’s Strange Experience

It was a strange experience writing and researching a book about my own grandmother, and I wondered what it was like for members of my family to read it. This month, when The Family with Two Front Doors was published in the United States, I asked my cousin, Adina (who lives in New York), what she thought. 
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Parsley at Tu B'Shevat and More!

Parsley at Tu B'Shevat and More!

Tu B’Shevat, though a minor holiday about agriculture in antiquity, has significance in today’s modern world, even though celebrating it during winter in North America requires a little bit of ingenuity. Tu B’Shevat has evolved into an opportunity to celebrate a connection to Israel while promoting environmentalism. Tu B’Shevat provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about the importance of a healthy planet, and their roles in carrying on the legacy of a verdant world. 

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A “Bubbe” by Any Other Name…

When I first became a grandmother I had to decide what I wanted to be called. 

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Author Inspiration with Renee Londner

As an author, one of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “Where do you get your ideas from?”

The answer is easy, “Everywhere.”

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