Sunday, December 02, 2012

Rubin & Sharenow: 2012 Sydney Taylor Winners


Next month the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners will be announced, but for now we are still celebrating the wonderful winners that were named in January 2012. At the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference this summer, I did a joint interview with winners Susan Goldman Rubin (Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein) and Rob Sharenow (The Berlin Boxing Club). Both were charming and personable, a delight to speak with as they talked about the inspiration for and ties between their two books. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hanukkah Read Up!

The Association of Jewish Libraries has created “Hanukkah Read Up!,” a list of Hanukkah books for children recommended by the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. The colorful 2-page flyer is available on the AJL website. All the titles on the list have been recognized by the award committee as gold or silver medalists or as “Notable Books.” A special section is devoted to the Hanukkah works of prolific author Eric A. Kimmel, a past Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award winner.

The list should prove interesting and useful for families seeking Hanukkah titles for their children, to read together or buy as gifts, as well as for librarians who wish to purchase titles for their holiday shelves. AJL members and friends are welcome to distribute the list, digitally or printed out, to their own library patrons.

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Reading!

Heidi Estrin
AJL President
Host, The Book of Life



Thursday, November 15, 2012

November's Jewish Book Carnival



Welcome to the Jewish Book Carnival for the month of November, 2012! 

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly online event celebrating Jewish literature, hosted by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Our October host, The Prosen People, explained it so well that I'm going to borrow their description:

"The series is a monthly event where book bloggers who promote Jewish literature come together to share some of their best content from the past month. Each month the round-up of posts can be found on a different Jewish literary blog, so be sure to check out Jewish Book Carnival HQ for future (and past!) hosts (and posts!)."

This month we've got some great links for you. We hope you'll join the conversation by sharing and commenting on the blog posts represented here!


David Levy at JewishBoston.com sent in this interview with Anna Solomon, author of The Lobster Mafia Story. This "trayf" short story is being distributed all over town for The Boston Book Festival! A download link for the story itself is included.

Erika Dreifus at My Machberet writes about The Curse of Gurs: Way Station to Auschwitz, by Werner L. Frank, which combines genealogy and history in an account of Jews from the Baden area of Germany.
*By the way, Erika will host December's Jewish Book Carnival and will also be the Association of Jewish Libraries' Facebook Writer-in-Residence during the month of December!

Jonathan Kirsch at JewishJournal.com sent in his review of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, which describes the sometimes controversial study of whether "we carry Jewishness in our blood."

Ann Koffsky at AnnKoffsky.com offers two links, one fun and one serious.
  • For fun, she sent in this rainy day coloring page for the kids, accompanied by a Hebrew prayer for the wind and rain. 
  • On a more serious note, she sent in an audio interview in which she and Rabbi Savitsky at the Orthodox Union discuss the conspicuous absence of women in Jewish publications.

Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah gives us this interview with award-winning nonfiction author Deborah Heiligman about her first novel, Intentions.

Lorri M. at Jewaicious wrote two book reviews. Check out:
Linda K. Wertheimer's blog post is called "Slurping Kitten Teaches Children About Forgiveness." It's a reflection on teaching the concepts of Yom Kippur to preschoolers, in this case using Sadie Rose Weilerstein's K'tonton stories.

Naomi Firestone-Teeter at the Jewish Book Council's Prosen People blog, sent in two links:

Thanks to all the bloggers who submitted links and to all you readers who are about to enjoy these posts! If you'd like to be a part of the Jewish Book Carnival in December, send your link to Erika Dreifus, who will be hosting at her blog My Machberet.


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

A Song for My Sister


The Book of Life's Canadian correspondant, Anne Dublin, speaks live with author Lesley Simpson before the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto. They discuss Lesley's new picture book A Song For My Sister, and talk about the writing life.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Looking For Me in this Great Big Family



I met author Betsy Rosenthal at the ALA (American Library Association) conference, and grabbed a quick interview on the showroom floor. Betsy is the author of Looking For Me in this Great Big Family, a fictionalized tale of her mother's experience growing up as one of twelve Jewish siblings in Baltimore, Maryland during the Depression.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Reuven Firestone: Jews and Muslims

Left to right: David Hirsch, Reuven Firestone
at 2012 AJL Conference


Dr. Reuven Firestone was the opening plenary speaker at the June, 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Pasadena, CA. He gave a fascinating talk called "Jews in the Koran, Jews on the Koran" to a packed house.

In this brief interview, Dr. Firestone describes the theme of his talk, and also mentions his new book, Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea.


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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Marc Tyler Nobleman: Biographer of Underdogs



Enjoy this interview with Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, and other untold stories about underdog heroes!

Click here to see a great PBS feature on Marc, which includes a link to his blog Nobelmania!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Father's Secret

A tribute by the Sydney Taylor Book Award-winning author
of Tropical Secrets,
Margarita Engle

Freedom of expression is a right so precious that we must constantly work to protect it. In 1939, when he was only fourteen, my father made a courageous effort to speak out against the atrocities of the Holocaust. Instead of being praised, he was punished. Recently, after receiving an invitation to a junior high school reunion, he sat down and wrote a letter to the school, revealing a secret he had kept for 73 years.  -- Margarita Engle

Dear Mr. Jordan and the Mount Vernon Reunion Committee,

Thank you for inviting me to the coming Luncheon for past Mount Vernon students. I remember many positive things about my three years at Mount Vernon Junior High, especially the many fine teachers with whom I was fortunate to study. In particular, members of the art faculty whose encouragement, I believe, helped me to prepare for my future career as an artist and art teacher.

There is one dark episode, however which I still recall vividly. In 1939 I was fourteen years old. World events affected me deeply. The persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany was a case in point. In response to those terrible events I was motivated to do a large painting depicting Nazi soldiers dragging helpless victims to their fate. When I finished the painting, I brought it to my art class where it was well received, or so I thought. That same day, Mr. Smith, the Boys' vice principal, showed up unexpectedly in my art class. He insisted that I remove my painting from the school grounds immediately. He remarked "There are two sides to every story." He helped me carry my painting out of the school and I brought it home that same day. Mr. Smith's apparent Nazi sympathies were so strong that he could not tolerate my side of the story for even one day. Years later I joined the Merchant Marine and I served for three years from 1943-1946. After the war, I resumed my art studies and earned an MFA degree from Claremont College. I am now retired from teaching, so I devote most of my time to furthering my art career. I am married; we have two children and two grandchildren.

Recounting this painful episode at Mount Vernon Junior High has been important for me, and I believe it is important to share it with you. Sadly, it brings to mind how so much intolerance had extended to be part of the administration at Mount Vernon Junior High in the pre-war years.

Sincerely,
Martin Mondrus

The original painting was destroyed in a fire, but other works by Martin Mondrus show his continued dedication to the theme of survival.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Room Enough for Daisy


Co-authors Debby Waldman and Rita Feutl interview each other about their picture book, Room Enough for Daisy, a modern story based on the old Jewish folktale about the crowded house.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Response to Jewish Kidlit Article in The Forward

In The Jewish Daily Forward, January 31, 2012, an article appeared entitled "Who Will Light Up Jewish Kids Lit? Death of Two Authors Leaves Gaping Hole in Genre." Written by Kveller.com editor Deborah Kolben, the article mourns the passing of two literary giants, Simms Taback and Russell Hoban. 

The passing of these two authors is certainly sad, but I have to disagree with Kolben's contention that their deaths mark the end of Jewish kidlit, and I also disagree with her overview of the state of the genre. I drafted a response to leave as a comment at The Forward, but it exceeded the 3000 word limit. Thus, my response is posted here at The Book of Life. I urge you to visit http://forward.com/articles/150253/ to read the original article, to consider my points posted here, and to add your own responses either at The Book of Life or at The Forward.

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Kolben declares that “good storytelling is what’s missing” and calls for Jewish kidlit to be held up to the “same high standards as the rest of the books on our kids’ shelves.” I'd like to provide a some context for Kolben's comments about the state of Jewish children’s literature.

Thousands of secular children’s books are published each year. Some of them are terrific; many of them are  only so-so. But the numbers are so large that even this small percentage of good books offers a reasonable  selection.  The niche of Jewish kidlit, on the other hand, is small. Probably between 100-200 Jewish interest titles for kids of all ages are published each year. Even if we get the same ratio of good books to dreck as in secular publishing, the numbers will be much smaller. There will be only a handful of great Jewish kids’ books in any given year, and a gem will only come along once every few years.

Next, let’s address those mainstream “high standards.” It’s important to realize that even secular children’s books are feeling the pressures of a crazy economy and an industry that’s undergoing tremendous change (think e-publishing). Kidlit expert Anita Silvey’s November 2011 article in School Library Journal (http://www.libraryjournal.com/slj/printissue/currentissue/892418-427/make_way_for_stories_theres.html.csp) analyses the forces that make it difficult for publishers to focus on quality over the bottom line. If times are hard for secular publishing, they are even more so for Judaica, where the market is so much smaller.

Lest you think I am an apologist for poor quality Jewish kidlit, I’d like to point out that the field is actually doing quite well, due perhaps to the modern fashion for multiculturalism. The Sydney Taylor Book Awards, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries, gave out three gold medals, eight silver medals, and eighteen Notable designations to Jewish children’s and teen titles published in the last year alone.  These titles include not only holiday and shtetl stories, but also biographies, folktales, Holocaust-related material, historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

Books that receive Jewish awards are usually fairly explicit in their Jewishness, but there are also plenty of “assimilated” books that may go undetected by the casual reader. Kolben wishes for “great stories in which characters happen to be Jewish.” Look carefully at the illustrations for Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly, and you’ll learn that her maternal grandparents are named Sid and Faye Abramowitz. The Baudelaires, of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, are Jewish – the author said so himself in Moment Magazine. (http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-Handler.html) And then there are all the Jewish authors imbuing their secular books with Jewish flavor, from Arthur Yorinks (try Company’s Coming) to Dave Horowitz (beyond Five Little Gefiltes, which is plenty irreverent, I find The Ugly Pumpkin to have a Jewish sensibility) to the granddaddy of them all, Maurice Sendak.

So before we decry the state of Jewish kidlit, and before we start labeling the Frances books Jewish just because Russell Hoban was a MOT, let’s step back and get the full picture. We’re doing pretty well for 2% of the population, and our books are too. Of course there’s room for improvement; there always is, and here’s what you can do to help it happen:  Buy the books to show the publishers there’s a market for Jewish titles. Let authors and publishers know what you want through their blogs and websites. Seek out standards of quality like the Sydney Taylor Book Awards and the National Jewish Book Awards. Keep your eyes peeled for those assimilated Jewish characters and go ahead and “out” them. Create buzz. Create demand. And support the creativity of authors who produce satisfying Jewish children’s books. Laurel Snyder is just the tip of the iceberg.




Sunday, February 05, 2012

2012 Sydney Taylor Blog Tour, Day 1: Baseball and Noah's Ark

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour is off to a great start today with three excellent interviews! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Ima On & Off the Bima

Holly Meade
, illustrator of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
at Into the Wardrobe

Shelley Sommer
, author of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, Baseball Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
at Great Kid Books

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blog Tour 2012: The Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2012 gold and silver medalists and a few selected Notables with a Blog Tour, February 5-10, 2012! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. For those of you who have not yet experienced a Blog Tour, it's basically a virtual book tour. Instead of going to a library or bookstore to see an author or illustrator speak, you go to a website on or after the advertised date to read an author’s or illustrator's interview.

Later this spring, we'll follow up with an episode of Katie Davis's Brain Burps About Books devoted to the Sydney Taylor Book Award!

Below is the schedule for the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!

THE 2012 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD BLOG TOUR

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Holly Meade, illustrator of Naamah and the Ark at Night
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Shelley Sommer, author of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, Baseball Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

Marcia Vaughan, author of Irena's Jar of Secrets
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
Ron Mazellan, illustrator of Irena's Jar of Secrets

Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Trina Robbins, author of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category

Anne Timmons (and possibly Mo Oh), illustrators of of Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category 

Morris Gleitzman, author of Then
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012

Michael Rosen, author of Chanukah Lights
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Robert Sabuda, illustrator/paper engineer of Chanukah Lights
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category

Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category

Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Durga Yael Bernhard, author & illustrator of Around the World in One Shabbat
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category


Shirley Vernick, author of The Blood Lie
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Eric Kimmel, author of The Golem's Latkes
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Gloria Spielman, author of Marcel Marceau, Master of Mime
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

Richard Michelson, author of Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King
Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

Sydney Taylor Award Winners – Wrap-Up
All winners, all categories
at The Whole Megillah

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Barbara Bietz's Big Reveal



As Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of Jewish Libraries, I naturally attended the midwinter council meeting of AJL in January. One of the highlights of the meeting was the moment when Barbara Bietz, chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, revealed the 2012 winners of the award! I snagged an interview with her after the meeting was over, and I hope you'll enjoy hearing about this year's selections "from the horse's mouth."

The full list of all award, honor, and notable Sydney Taylor books has been posted at bookoflifepodcast.com. I'll also post the schedule of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour as soon as it becomes available. The blog tour will take place in early February, and home base for that event will be jewishlibraries.org/blog. Also, just wanted to let you know that this podcast is being cross-posted on the Association of Jewish Libraries podcast at jewishlibraries.org/podcast.
Mazel tov to all the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers!


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2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries

Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda, author and artist of Chanukah Lights, Susan Goldman Rubin, author of Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, and Robert Sharenow, author of The Berlin Boxing Club, are the 2012 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the mid-winter meeting of the School, Synagogue and Community Center Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic
All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Pasadena, California this June.

Rosen and Sabuda will receive the 2012 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Readers Category for
Chanukah Lights, published by Candlewick Press. This exquisite book celebrates Jewish history by pairing poetic prose with intricate paper cut pop-up art. Barbara Bietz, Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, said: “From the shtetl to skyscrapers, the white pop-up scenes against a background of deep rainbow colors illuminate Jewish life for the eight nights of Chanukah. Together, children and adults will marvel at the stunning scenes that magically unfold with each turn of the page.”

The gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Older Readers Category will be presented to Susan Goldman Rubin for
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, published by Charlesbridge Publishing. This biography shares the inspiring story of the young musician and his commitment to succeed in spite of his family’s opposition. Through hard work, determination and a spirit that won’t quit, Bernstein’s dream is realized as he takes the stage as a conductor at Carnegie Hall. Numerous photos help bring Bernstein’s journey to life. Committee member Barbara Krasner commented: “Music Was It shows the struggle between the old and new worlds - the immigrant generation and the American generation. Susan Goldman Rubin's well-researched and polished narrative was filled with tension that today's kids can relate to.”

In 2000, Goldman Rubin received the Sydney Taylor Honor Award for
Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Her book, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, was a 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Book.

Robert Sharenow will receive the 2012 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen Readers Category for
The Berlin Boxing Club, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing. This historical novel reveals the history of Nazi Germany through the eyes of Karl Stern, a typical 14-year-old German boy. Karl never gave much thought to being Jewish and had little connection with any religious life. When classmates bully Karl, he is forced to face the dangers in his own community. Given the opportunity to learn boxing from German champion Max Schmeling, Karl jumps at the chance. He grows strong and learns to defend himself. But as the Nazi’s gain power and his family is in peril, Karl questions who he can trust. Aimee Lurie, incoming Chair of the Award Committee noted: “The superb writing, meticulous research, and dramatic look into the world of boxing pack a punch that will leave teens mesmerized! Readers will be captivated and inspired by Karl's transformation from being the victim of anti-semitic violence to a strong, confident young man who is able to protect his family.”

Eight Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2012.
Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti with illustrations by Holly Meade (Candlewick Press) and Around the World in One Shabbat written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard (Jewish Lights Publishing) are recognized in the Younger Readers Category. Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers include: Lily Renee, Escape Artist: from Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh (Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.), Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer (Calkins Creek, an imprint Boyds Mills Press), and Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan with illustrations by Ron Mazellan (Lee & Low Books). For teen readers, the Honor Books are Then by Morris Gleitzman (Henry Holt and Company) and The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press).
In addition to the medal-winners, the Award Committee designated eighteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2012.

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THE 2012 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES



The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:

Chanukah Lights
by Michael J. Rosen with artwork by Robert Sabuda
(Candlewick Press)


The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein
by Susan Goldman Rubin
(Charlesbridge Publishing)


The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:

The Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow
(Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)



Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:

Naamah and the Ark at Night
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti with illustrations by Holly Meade
(Candlewick Press)
Around the World in One Shabbat
written and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard
(Jewish Lights Publishing)


Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Older Readers:

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: from Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

 by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh
(Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer
by Shelley Sommer
(Calkins Creek, an imprint Boyds Mills Press)
Irena’s Jars of Secrets
by Marcia Vaughan with illustrations by Ron Mazellan
(Lee & Low Books)


Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Teen Readers:

Then
by Morris Gleitzman
(Henry Holt and Company)
The Blood Lie
by Shirley Reva Vernick
(Cinco Puntos Press)

Notable Books for Younger Readers:

Picnic at Camp Shalom
by Jacqueline Jules with illustrations by Debbie Melmon
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
The Golem’s Latkes
by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Aaron Jasinski
(Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books)
Joseph and the Sabbath Fish
by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Martina Peluso
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast
by Jamie Korngold with illustrations by Julie Fortenberry
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
The Shabbat Princess
by Amy Meltzer with illustrations by Martha Aviles
 (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King
by Richard Michelson with illustrations by Zachary Pullen
(Sleeping Bear Press, an imprint of Gale)
The Littlest Mountain
by Barb Rosenstock with illustrations by Melanie Hall
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding during World War II
by Marisabina Russo
(Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House)
Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime
by Gloria Spielman with illustrations by Manon Gauthtier
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
One Little Chicken
by Elka Weber with illustrations by Elisa Kleven
(Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House)


Notable Books for Older Readers:

The Mishkan: Its Structure and Its Sacred Vessels
by Rabbi Avrohom Biderman
(Artscroll/Mesorah Publication)
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
by Albert Marrin
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
The Cats in the Doll Shop
by Yona Zeldis McDonough with illustrations by Heather Maione
(Viking, an imprint of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.)
When Life Gives You OJ
by Erica S. Perl
(Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
by Susan Goldman Rubin
with illustrations by Bill Fransworth (Holiday House)
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust
by Ruth Thomson
(Candlewick Press)


Notable Books for Teens:

OyMG 
by Amy Fellner Dominy
(Walker & Company)
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto
  by Paul Janeczko
(Candlewick Press)