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Picture books celebrating today’s Israel

Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, is being celebrated today. If you automatically picture only kibbutzim and camels when you think of the country, it’s time to think again with the help of this bounty of picture books that share a contemporary, child’s-eye view of the modern Israel. After moving to Israel with my family […]

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Welcome to the first stop on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky were kind enough to answer my questions about All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade/Random), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Younger Readers category. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is a meticulously researched, beautifully written […]

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour

Excited about this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award winners? If so, watch this space — and these other spaces — February 10 through 14. The Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour kicks off on Sunday, with various blogs interviewing the creators of the winners and honor books. Here at Out of the Box, Sydney Taylor Book […]

“Love Your Neighbor” booklist series from the Association of Jewish Libraries

Following the October 2018 gun murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and in response to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries began compiling a series of themed booklists for children, families, and communities. The “Love Your Neighbor” series includes four lists: List #1 Standing Up for Each […]

Association of Jewish Libraries “Love Your Neighbor” Book List #1: Standing Up for Each Other

From the Association of Jewish Libraries: In response to the tragedy at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers this series of book lists for young readers. Books read in youth impact future outlooks, and it is our hope that meeting Jews on the […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2018

Jewish community events often feel like family gatherings. When you show up at your first Association of Jewish Libraries conference (June 17th–19th, 2018) as a baby committee member — a.k.a. an incoming member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which honors “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience” — […]

Picture books about Jewish women

Glaser, Linda Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty 32 pp. Houghton 2010. ISBN 978-0-547-17184-5 Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola. Glaser’s account of how Emma Lazarus came to write her iconic poem is brief, yet telling — especially when complemented by Nivola’s eloquent illustrations. Her rectilinear compositions and poses; generalized figures; and bright, […]

A missed opportunity

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Susan Hood’s Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World (HarperCollins, 2018). The text is interpreted by some of my favorite illustrators, including Julie Morstad, LeUyen Pham, Melissa Sweet, and Sophie Blackall. And from the partial list of subjects in the book’s promotional material, I […]

Refugee: 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2018 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops (including Shoshana’s interview with Tammar Stein!) and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Refugee by Alan Gratz is a timely, emotion-filled, and pulse-pounding story that intertwines the narratives of […]

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and beyond!

This week the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Named after the groundbreaking author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books (you know, the five sisters — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie — and baby brother Charlie; which one are you?) the award “recognizes books for children and teens […]