Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Interview with Heidi on Barbara Bietz's Blog

Barbara Bietz, kidlit blogger, incoming member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and author of Like a Maccabee, interviewed me for her blog! Click here to read the interview.

Turn about is fair play, so I'll be interviewing Barbara for the December 2007 episode of The Book of Life. Her entertaining chapter book is about Hanukkah, family... and soccer. (Who knew?)

Keep up with Barbara Bietz at http://www.barbarabietz.com/ or at barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

MyJewishLearning Article on Jewish Kidlit

As you may know, in addition to hosting The Book of Life I am also a Judaica children's librarian. I was so pleased when MyJewishLearning.com asked me to write an article for their web page about Contemporary Jewish Youth Literature! The article discusses recent trends in Judaic literature for kids and teens. Click here to read the article, and please post a comment to let me know what you think, or to suggest additional titles!

~ Heidi

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving Shout-Out Special

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SHOW NOTES:

In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we celebrate Thanksgiving with a special bonus episode!

> We hear from Todd Herzog, a Jewish musician/singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. Todd's spiritual pop music has a thankful quality about it that fits in well with Thanksgiving. Also check out Todd's MySpace page.

> We meet Maryann Kovalski, illustrator of the award-winning picture book Rivka's First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael.

> We learn about the Library Blogathon at the Feldman Children's Library (home base of The Book of Life). If you are a fan of books and libraries, you need to check out this blog! Available beginning November 21, 2007.

> Throughout the show we send shout-outs to various listeners who have sent in their comments and feedback to The Book of Life during the year. Do YOU have something to say? Be sure to email us at bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com!

Background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Additional background music for this episode is provided by Brian Smith at The Laughing Librarian's "BibDitties" (copyright 2006).

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Old Radio and New Media


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SHOW NOTES:

In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we celebrate traditional radio and the new media revolution of podcasting and blogging that was born from it.

> We interview
Harold Augenbraum, director of the National Book Foundation, about the Foundation's choice of Terry Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air, for the 2007 Literarian Award.

> We talk to David & Susan Siegel about the history of Jews in radio. They are the authors of Radio and the Jews: The Untold Story of How Radio Influenced America's Image of Jews, 1920's - 1950's.

> We meet literary blogger and synagogue librarian Marie Cloutier at the
Podcast & New Media Expo. Marie's blog is The Boston Bibliophile.

NEWS:

Be sure to check back later in November 2007 for our Thanksgiving Special podcast! This bonus episode will include interviews with musician
Todd Herzog and with Maryann Kovalski, illustrator of Rivka's First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael. We'll also be thanking listeners by sharing some heartwarming emails! Happy Thanksgiving!


Background music is provided by
The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Fresh Air theme music was used by permission of WHYY in Philadelphia and was performed by The Microscopic Septet.

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the
Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!