Monthly Archives: May 2010

Ideas Can Come from Anywhere–Even Jane Yolen

The first-ever Highlights Foundation workshop for writers of Jewish-themed children’s books took place at the founders’ home in Boyds Mills, PA from May 23-25. Throughout the following weeks, I’ll be sharing some highlights (no pun intended) of what the speakers … Continue reading

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Librarian’s Notebook | Barbara Bietz

The Whole Megillah is proud to feature monthly interviews with members of the Association of Jewish Libraries in our Librarian’s Notebook. Any writer of Jewish-themed children’s books needs to become familiar with this organization and its librarians. For May 2010, … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Rich Michelson

Each month, The Whole Megillah features an interview with an author of Jewish-themed children’s books. For May 2010’s Author’s Notebook debut, we reached out to award-winning author Rich Michelson of Massachusetts. The Whole Megillah (TWM): When did you first realize … Continue reading

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Jewish American Heritage Month and the Sydney Taylor Book Award

On May 7, Kathe Pinchuck, Outgoing Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee posted in the AJL Blog, People of the Books, a list of Sydney Taylor Book Awards winners, celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month. I urge you to … Continue reading

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Museum of Jewish Heritage | A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

It seemed fitting that I would head into New York City today to research the St. Louis on the 71st anniversary of its sailing. After spending a couple of hours at the Joint Distribution Committee archives midtown, I traveled to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Emma’s Poem–The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) Written by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola I must confess: I’ve been researching Emma Lazarus for about ten years. Since the Statue of Liberty’s 100th anniversary … Continue reading

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This Month in Jewish History—The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis

On May 13, 1939, more than 900 German Jewish refugees boarded the luxury liner MS St. Louis in Hamburg. They were filled with hope of a new homeland, rejected by Germany. Since Kristallnacht the previous November, and even before that, … Continue reading

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