Friday, April 15, 2016

The Jewish Book Carnival: April 2016


The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. Each month, a different blog hosts the Carnival, and any blogger is welcome to participate by submitting links from their own blog to that month's host.

This month, I am pleased to host the Jewish Book Carnival here at The Book of Life. In May, the Carnival will be hosted by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod on her blog, Adventures in MamaLand. We've got a great line-up of blogs for the upcoming months, but are still seeking hosts for September through November, 2016. See the Jewish Book Carnival HQ to learn how the whole thing works, and let us know if you want to participate!

And now, this month's links...

Batya Medad at A Jewish Grandmother says "Wonderful book!! Total inspiration!!" about Miriam's Song: The Story of Miriam Peretz by Smadar Shir.

In March, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit, which she rated as superlative. It is a stunning story set during the Holocaust, but without explicitness; rather, metaphor and allusion convey much of the story.

Deborah Kalb interviews a wide variety of authors on her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb. She recently interviewed Rochelle Wisoff-Fields about her historical novels Please Say Kaddish for Me and From Silt and Ashes, which focus on members of a Jewish family who escape the pogroms of Eastern Europe and make their way to Kansas City.

Have you been wondering what author Maggie Anton has been up to? The Fig Tree Books blog has that covered.

From My Machberet: Having recently re-read Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge, Erika Dreifus pauses over one critic's especially insightful take on the book, and on literature written by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors more broadly.

In God and Politics in Esther: A political parable for our time, Yoram Hazony draws political lesson from the Book of Esther, some of which are harrowingly relevant to the increasingly polarized American political landscape, and to other nations facing the politics of pessimism.

Lorri M. Writings reviews The Coffee Trader by David Liss.

Over on the Jewish Book Review, Rivka Levy gets to grip with a new book on the history and holiness of Hebrew, called Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, and Hebrew.

Ellen Golub, author of PsychoSemitic, shares a piece she wrote for Kveller in the style of her book, "How Testing Positive for the BRCA Gene Was Actually a Blessing."

The 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is accepting submissions of Jewish kidlit published during 2016. Read about it on the Association of Jewish Libraries blog, People of the Books.

And in our Passover section, author April Halprin Wayland is getting a lot of attention!

April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors shares behind the scenes stories of the creation of her new picture book, More Than Enough: A Passover Story.

At YA & Kids Books Central, Jill Ratzan highlights (chai lights) recent Passover picture books (including More Than Enough by April Halprin Wayland).

Jama Rattigan interviews April about More Than Enough at her blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup: An Eclectic Feast of Food, Fiction, Folderol and Chewy Culinary Verse.

Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah | The Writer's Resource for Jewish Story interviews April Halprin Wayland about her newest picture book, More Than Enough, a Passover Story.

On the Multicultural Kid Blogs site, I (Heidi Estrin) posted a roundup of Passover Books for Kids. The site is "For families and educators raising world citizens, through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love." The roundup happens to include More Than Enough.

And finally, on this blog, The Book of Life, I recorded a podcast interview with April about More Than Enough and about mindfulness and gratitude. April played Dayenu on the fiddle and I sang along!


Thursday, April 07, 2016

More Than Enough


April Halprin Wayland's new picture book is More Than Enough: A Passover Story. April won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award for New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story. Here is my 2009 interview with her about New Year at the Pier.

Our wide-ranging conversation touched upon so many interesting resources that I've compiled a list of links for you here. You'll understand after you listen to the podcast!



AUDIO:


Or click Mp3 File (40:12)


VIDEO:

The Yiddish Swing Sextet peform Dayenu, just because it amuses me.


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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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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Passover Books for Kids


I wrote an article for Multicultural Kid Blogs about Passover books for kids, and you can read it here.

I recommended books about different aspects of Passover: the Exodus, the seder, matzah, music, history, and nonfiction. I hope by sharing this info on a multicultural page, it will reach non-Jewish readers as well as those already familiar with the holiday.

The post is part of a Passover "Blog Hop" so check out the other participating blogs too. You can also add your own Passover posts using the Add Your Link button at the bottom of the article.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Yiddish Fish

The Yiddish Fish is a quirky picture book by author/illustrator Santiago Cohen, based on a true story from the New York Times, "Miracle? Dream? Prank? Fish Talks, Town Buzzes."

AUDIO:


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VIDEO:


The entire story, read by the author.

 
CREDITS:

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   
Facebook: facebook.com/bookoflifepodcast   
Twitter: @bookoflifepod 
 
Support The Book of Life by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/bookoflife!
 
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jewish Kidlit Awards


I wrote an article for Multicultural Kid Blogs about Jewish Kidlit Awards, and you can read it here.

It gives details about the Sydney Taylor Book and Manuscript Awards, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards. If I do say so myself, it's a good comprehensive round-up.


Friday, February 12, 2016

#STBAblogtour16 DAY FIVE


 The "grand finale" of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour is a virtual panel discussion amongst the various winning authors and illustrators. As always, this roundup is hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah.


The participants made comments about the experience like "Always inspiring to be included in a group of such accomplished, thoughtful authors and illustrators!" (Leslie Kimmelman), "It's wonderful to read all the blogs!" (Kathy Kacer), and "It has been an honor and a privilege getting to know all of you. See you in Charleston!" (Heidi Smith Hyde). We hope to see you as well, dear reader, in Charleston at the 51st Annual Association of Jewish Libraries conference where the Sydney Taylor winners will receive their awards!

The entire blog tour may be found here.


 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#STBAblogtour16 DAY FOUR

A little catch-up today with the Shanghai Sukkah interviews, and two new Blog Tour stops: Everybody Says Shalom and Stones on a Grave.

Be sure to check out yesterday's interview on The Hired Girl, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.

Catching up from WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016
 
Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Kristi's Book Nook
Author & Illustrator Interviews  


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
 
 
Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
Author Interview

   
Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading
Author Interview and Book review