Behind the Scenes: Beni's War

Tammar Stein is back with the sequel to The Six-Day Hero, Beni's War . This novel follows the journey of Beni, as he learns friendship, bravery, and trust all the while the Yom Kippur War has begun. We interviewed Tammar Stein and went behind the scenes to find out the inspiration behind the novel, personal story attachments, and other interesting facts about this Kirkus Starred Review novel.
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#OneKindAct: Rosie Saves the World - Who Are You For?

The Jewish concept of tikkun olam means “to repair the world.” Not only are there many struggles, there are numerous ways a person can help each one. That is a massive undertaking. Where does one even begin? War, oppression, climate
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Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Trees!

Holly Sterling is the illustrator behind Kar-Ben's latest Tu B'Shevat board book, Happy Birthday, Trees!. We had a conversation with her about the inspiration and the process she took to create the illustrations found in this cute story. 
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Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 3

Mat Tonti explores the world of Jewish folklore in his graphic novel, The Book of Secrets. Each story is connected through Ben and Rose's quest to find their missing grandparents, but how did Mat Tonti decide which stories to use? Read through part 3, the final stories of Ben's and Rose's epic quest.
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Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 2

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Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 1

Mat Tonti explores the world of Jewish folklore in his graphic novel, The Book of Secrets . Each story is connected through Ben and Rose's quest to find their missing grandparents, but how did Mat Tonti decide which stories to use? Read through
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Behind the Scenes: Noah Green Saves the World

Did you ever think, I bet I could write a book but I don’t know how? Well, here’s a secret. I believe that we’re all storytellers. As a matter of fact, we tell stories everyday. Think about it. We don’t talk in laundry lists, like, “I went to the
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What Does Archery Have to do with Yom Kippur?

On Yom Kippur, we say we atone for our sins. The Hebrew word chet is often translated to English as sin. A more accurate translation, however, would be “to miss the mark.” Imagine yourself aiming an arrow at a target; you aim for the bullseye but
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Helping Each Other During Quarantine

Most people know the story of Anne Frank, but not everyone knows the story of Miep Gies, one of the people who helped Anne and her family hide from the Nazis for two years. Miep brought the Franks food and other necessities while they were in
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An Apple for the New Year!

Enter any preschool classroom and you will likely find an image of a big red apple. It is one of the first words that children learn to read: A is for Apple . A reading nook might feature a bespectacled worm, sometimes donning a graduation cap,
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