Posted by Kar-Ben Author Judy Press on 12/26/2017 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
We asked grandmother to ten and author of the new board book Bubbe's Got the Beat, Judy Press, to tell us about an aspect of being a grandmother.
When I first became a grandmother I had to decide what I wanted to be called. My Greek friend went by, “Yaya” and another friend was, “Meme.” Other possibilities were, “Nana” “Grams” and “Gma.” Growing up in a Sephardic household, my grandmother was, “Nonna.”
"Bubbe” is Yiddish for grandmother, and I wanted the grandmother in my book, BUBBE'S GOT THE BEAT, to have an old-fashioned moniker, but be hip and modern. Children love listening to rap music so I wrote my story in rhyme with a rap beat. As I wrote I was snapping my fingers and tapping my feet, just like the thoroughly modern grandmother that I am! And by the way, nothing makes me happier then when I answer the phone and a tiny voice on the other end says, “Hi Mimi!”