Laurel Snyder

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Blowing the Horn: The Hope Machine

I sat down today to write about hope, but the truth is that we live in a fractured and fragile time, and it can be hard to feel hopeful, even with regard to children’s literature. Here, where I sit in Atlanta, Georgia, the state legislature is poised to curtail and...

The Writer's Page: Not-Quite-All-of-a-Kind: Seeking My Jewish Life in Books

The author, age eight, in an Easter bonnet, hunting for eggs in her yard. Photo courtesy of Laurel Snyder. We talk a lot lately about representation in children’s literature, about the need for all kids to see themselves in the books they read. And, of course, this has been a...

Uneasy Reading: On Keeping Company with Very Sad Books

Third grade was the worst year ever. No, really. My parents split up that year, and my dad moved out. I know that every divorce is different, and I’m told that not all of them are as painful as ours was. I’m glad for that. Ours was brutal. My dad...

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