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Rachel Kamin

About Rachel Kamin

Rachel Kamin has been a synagogue librarian for over nineteen years and is currently director of the Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL. She writes articles and book reviews for School Library Journal, BookLinks, Judaica Librarianship, Library Journal, and Jewish Book World, and serves as the children and teen book review editor for the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf

This past fall I posted a critical review of picture book Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, and Facebook. This caused quite a brouhaha. My review was quoted in the Tablet magazine article, “Stay in Your Lane, Elf,” by Marjorie Ingall, and I was interviewed (along with my colleague Kathy Bloomfield) […]