Thursday, May 25, 2017

Feminism, Podcasted: an Interview with The Book of Life's Heidi Rabinowitz


The Jewish Women's Archive blog, Jewesses With Attitude, interviewed me about The Book of Life! They asked me about why I decided to start a podcast dedicated to Jewish literature and arts; why women storytellers have a harder time than men storytellers; and what The Book of Life and JWA’s podcast Can We Talk? have in common.



 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Almost a Minyan

Author Lori Kline, publisher Debra Winegarten, illustrator Susan Simon
Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline, illustrated by Susan Simon, is a picture book about a Jewish girl reaching the age where she can help her community pray. The book is traditional and groundbreaking at the same time, depicting an egalitarian, multiracial, observant Jewish community. I spoke to author Lori Kline and publisher Debra Winegarten of Sociosights Press together, by phone at Lori's house in Austin, Texas. Almost a Minyan is the Jewish Women's Archive Children's Book Pick for 2017. Share these discussion questions with the young readers in your life.

Thanks to Patreon patrons Jennie Gates Beckman, Leah Berkowitz, Christine Ertl, and April Halprin Wayland, whose donations helped me purchase a new digital voice recorder for podcasting (a Zoom H4N, if you're wondering). Author Suzanne Nelson is still waiting to send you an autographed copy of Serendipity's Footsteps for becoming a Book of Life patron!
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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
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Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mamaleh Knows Best


Even readers without kids will enjoy Marjorie Ingall's parenting guide, Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children. It's wise, funny, and universal. It's also the Book of the Month for May 2017 at the Jewish Women's Archive virtual book club. You can find the discussion questions here and join the conversation!


Marjorie is a columnist at Tablet, an online magazine of Jewish culture and ideas, where I'm especially grateful for her excellent coverage of Jewish kidlit. I also want to draw your attention to Marjorie's blog SorryWatch, where she parses excellent and abysmal (mostly abysmal) apologies.

FYI, autographed copies of Serendipity's Footsteps are still available to folks who become patrons of The Book of Life at Patreon. You can pledge as little as $1/month to qualify.


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Marjorie Ingall
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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries 
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Kasper M├╝tzenmacher's Cursed Hat

Kasper M├╝tzenmacher's Cursed Hat by Keith Fentonmiller is a weird and wonderful novel that starts during WWII and takes many a strange detour from there. It's kind of hard to explain, but just trust me and read it, and hold on for a wild ride.

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PHOTO GALLERY

The character of Kasper was inspired by Keith's grandfather Dr. Meryl Fenton, whom he called Papa. Here's a picture of Papa, with Keith's father as a little boy.



And this is Keith Fentonmiller himself.



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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries 
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#ProjectReadathon


From April 17-23, 2017, browse and read free excerpts from great books on the Penguin Random House website to trigger book donations to Save the Children. It costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time, which will be spent enjoying kids' and adult titles from a variety of genres.

There are a few recognizably Jewish books in the mix: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, Delicious by Ruth Reichl, Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, and the classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. And of course, there are plenty of excellent non-Jewish titles to choose from too. No matter what you read, you will be doing a mitzvah by participating!

Click here to learn more about the project.
OR
Click here to start reading!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Serendipity's Footsteps


Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson tells the interwoven stories of three girls across time and geography, and how they are connected serendipitously by a special pair of shoes. Suzanne Nelson won a Sydney Taylor Honor Award for the teen novel, and I interviewed her live at the 2016 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Charleston, SC.
SPECIAL OFFER: Become a patron of The Book of Life on Patreon.com for as little as $1/month and receive a free autographed copy of Serendipity's Footsteps, while supplies last! Click here to take advantage of this offer!

For more fun, check out Suzanne's Pinterest boards for the characters Dalya, Pinny and Ray here!

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CREDITS:

Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries 
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Read Without Walls

Join the Read Without Walls challenge this April!




I found this exciting project over at The Booklist Reader:

Writer, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and MacArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang has thrown down an exciting challenge for April: diversify your reading list. As part of the national, month-long program Reading Without Walls, Yang has called upon readers of all ages to expand the kinds of literature they read. The rules are as follows:

If you're a regular at The Book of Life, you probably already read plenty of Jewish books, but even within that genre you can branch out. Read about Jews from another land or in another time, if you're a novel-lover try nonfiction, if you're a grownup read a children's book.

If you take up the challenge, please share the news on social media using the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. I'd love to have you comment here at The Book of Life about your reading choices!