Passover article on Multicultural Kid Blogs

From Heidi Estrin: I am pleased to announce that my article for the Multicultural Kid Blogs website about Passover books for kids has been published. You can read it at http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/2016/03/28/passover-books-kids/. In the article, recommended books about different aspects of Passover: the Exodus, the seder, matzah, music, history, and nonfiction. I hope by sharing this info on a multicultural page, it will reach non-Jewish readers as well as those already…

Podcast: Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features a long and juicy virtual panel discussion about the Holocaust’s place in Jewish children’s literature. It’s called “Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!” Listen and see if you agree!  Then check out The Book of Life’s site for a long list of suggested titles for kids and teens. You can hear the podcast online…

Podcast: Enchantress, Rav Hisda’s Daughter

Enchantress, Rav Hisda's Daughter

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features an interview with author Maggie Anton about her book of women, Talmud, and sorcery: Enchantress. This historical fiction/fantasy novel is the second book in the Rav Hisda’s Daughter series. Maggie’s interview about the first book, Apprentice, appeared on The Book of Life in October, 2013. You can hear the podcast online at: http://www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/enchantress.html

August 2015 Jewish Book Carnival

Jewish Book Carnival

The August Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted Yael Shahar of A Damaged Mirror at  http://www.damaged-mirror.com/jewish-book-blog-carnival/ . You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews. Including: Britbear’s Book Reviews has posted an interview with Libi Astaire, author of The Moon Taker, a Jewish detective story of the Regency period in London. The newest episode of The Book of…

Canadian Interlude: Carol Matas (The Book of Life podcast)

Pieces of the Past

The Book of Life’s Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews author Carol Matas. Matas has written 45 books for children and teens and has won many awards. Recently she won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Pieces of the Past, the Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, and she was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Tucson Jo, a novel inspired by Tucson, Arizona’s first Jewish mayor. Listen…

The Longest Night (The Book of Life podcast)

The Longest Night: A Passover Story

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features an interview with author Laurel Snyder and illustrator Catia Chen about their picture book, The Longest Night. This winner of the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award explores the Exodus from the point of view of a young Hebrew slave. You can hear the podcast online at: http://www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-longest-night.html

The Book of Life Podcast: Book Expo 2014 Variety

Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features three live interviews from Book Expo America with reps from Charlesbridge, Image Comics, and Dundurn about their forthcoming Jewish titles for kids and adults. Charlesbridge: Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice McGinty Image Comics: Noah by Darren Aronofsky Dundurn: Fields of Exile by Dr. Nora Gold, and Stealing Time by Anne Dublin You can hear the podcast…

Never Say a Mean Word Again (Podcast)

Never Say a Mean Word Again

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features a live interview from Book Expo America with author Jacqueline Jules and illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard, creators of the picture book Never Say a Mean Word Again. The story takes place in medieval Spain in the Muslim city of Granada and was inspired by a legend about how the Jewish royal advisor Samuel Ha-Nagid “tore…

Jo Joe, a Black Bear, PA Story (podcast)

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features an interview with Sally Wiener Grotta about her novel Jo Joe, the story of a mixed-race Jewish woman with deep prejudices about her childhood town in rural Pennsylvania, where she now finds herself although she had vowed never to return. You can hear the podcast online at: http://www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2014/07/jo-joe.html​