2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Winners

Sydney Taylor Book Awards

From the The Association of Jewish Libraries The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers: Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by Amy June Bates (Candlewick Press) The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers: Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Jeffrey M. Green with illustrations by Philippe Dumas (Seven Stories Press) The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers: The…

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! “Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make beautiful…

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…

Here Is the World (of Leslea Newman) – The Book of Life podcast

Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal (Illustrator)

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features an interview with author and poet Leslea Newman, about her Jewish and LGBT books for children including her newest round-the-year Jewish holiday book HERE IS THE WORLD. You can hear the podcast online at: http://www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2015/08/here-is-world-of-leslea-newman.html

April 2015 Jewish Book Carnival

The April Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Anna Levine at Jodie Books at http://jodiebooks.com/jewish-book-carnival/. You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews. Including The Fig Tree Books blog presents Dinah Fay’s review of Amy Bloom’s Away On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus recommends Lesléa Newman’s I Carry My Mother At The Whole Megillah, Barbara Krasner…

I Carry My Mother by Lesléa Newman

I Carry My Mother by Lesléa Newman

I Carry My Mother is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter’s journey through her mother’s illness and death. From diagnosis through first yahrzeit (anniversary of death), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems are written in form (haiku, sonnet, etc.), completely accessible, and will resonate with all who have lost someone whom they dearly love. The book’s page on the author’s…

Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal (Illustrator)

Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman and Susan Gal (Illustrator)

The book at Amazon and on Kindle For age Level: 4 – 7 Here is the world, ever changing and new, Spinning with joy at the wonder of you! Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children. Beginning with the weekly observance of Shabbat, readers join a family through the holidays and the corresponding seasons. From sounding the shofar on…