Behind Kar-Ben’s books are the clever, creative, wise, witty and wonderful people who write them. An author visit is a fun way to show kids that books and learning about Jewish culture, holidays and traditions matters. Many authors offer interactive programs with hands-on components to create memorable experiences. From board book authors who engage preschoolers and parents with rhyme and song to picture book writers who bring silliness and shenanigans to those with programs for older children on Jewish history, Kar-Ben’s authors inspire young minds to be curious and enthusiastic about Jewish life.Download an Author Visit brochure that includes author information and program ideas (pdf) or search the state-by-state listings below for an author near you.
Stacia Deutsch, author
#1 New York Times Best Selling author presents this inspiring story from the Civil Rights Movement. Through the lens of Tikkun Olam, Hot Pursuit examines the lives of three young men and their commitment to register voters in Mississippi in 1964. Through reading and discussion, presentations will open up this important slice of history in an age-appropriate manner. (Ages 8-11)
Both an author and an illustrator, Becky’s interactive, hands-on workshop will help kids consider the link between words and pictures so they can create their own mini-books.
Los Angeles, CA
When Lightnin’ Struck
Through her slide show, by reading excerpts from her middle grade novel, When Lightnin’ Struck, and by posing thought-provoking questions, Betsy reveals a lesser-known chapter in the history of the Jewish people---that of the Jews of Spain, their forced conversion and their secret practices. She also offers students a glimpse into a period of U.S. history in Texas just before the Great Depression and what life was like in small-town U.S.A. for an immigrant family from Russia.
Tom Leigh, illustrator
Little Deer Isle, ME
Shalom Sesame series
Half-day or full-day presentations include demonstrating how to create a digital painting from a Sesame Street book from sketch to finish, as well as a demonstration of drawing various Sesame characters, and then allowing students to complete their own drawings of Grover.
Laura Gehl, author
And Then Another Sheep Turned Up: Laura Gehl’s high-energy program includes rhyming games, acting out a busy Passover seder with not enough chairs to go around, and—of course—counting sheep!
José and the Pirate Captain Toledano
With extensive experience teaching and working with older kids and adults, Arnon and Josh offer a range of dynamic presentations connected to their graphic novel about Jewish pirates. Events range from a simple book talk to film screenings, lectures and even a weekend-long scholar-in-residence program. For a list of program options and pricing, visit http://tinyurl.com/toledanospeakers
Esty Schachter, author
Way Too Many Latkes, Hannah’s Way
Since she was a child, Linda dreamed of becoming a children’s book writer. She enjoys demystifying the writing process and making writing fun for children, bringing “show-and-tell” materials such as a rough draft (or “sloppy copy”), revisions, a book contract, editor’s comments, an uncut press sheet, color separation sheets, and her rejections (very popular with all kids!). She, of course, reads a book to the class and tells the story of how it came to be!
Shalom Sesame series, Maccabee!, Let My People Go!, ABC Hanukkah Hunt, ABC Passover Hunt, Eight is Great, Lotsa Matzah, Oh No, Jonah!, The Queen Who Saved Her People
Zishe the Strongman
Learn to tell tales, and techniques to teach communication and storytelling skills to young people. Robert Rubinstein, professional teller, teacher, and director of the nationally known Roosevelt Middle School Troupe of Tellers, will help you build skills and enhance curriculum. (Ages 7 and up)
Along with her puppets Badger and Hoopoe, Susan takes children on a fun-filled reading adventure that introduces Hanukkah traditions, colors and numbers. Children actively participate as they help to count and identify candle colors as Badger “lights” the hanukkiah with the white shamash and then chants a blessing over the candles. Afterwards, Susan demonstrates how to draw Badger and Hoopoe with simple shapes and lines, and provides instructions for children to make their own Badger and Hoopoe finger puppets.
It’s Tu B’Shevat, Too Many Cooks: A Passover Parable
A fun interactive session led by experienced kids’ yoga instructors, in which children learn to “be” the Hebrew alphabet letters through yoga poses.
International journalists Peter and Dagmar Schroeder present their role in the internationally known Paper Clip Project and address issues of tolerance in schools and communities.