On Saturday, March 9, five Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA alumnae will be participating in a panel at the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
The Whole Megillah | The Jewish Experience in Children’s Books |The Event Description
Writing Jewish-themed children’s books isn’t just about Sunday schools, synagogue, or the Holocaust. In this growing market, writers can include mainstream Jewish characters in secular settings and situations as well as explore the most observant families and the untold stories of Jewish history, including the Holocaust. Five authors discuss the Jewish experience in today’s children’s books — picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction.
A well-rounded panel of authors and experts
Barbara Krasner, Moderator, is a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee and publishes the popular blog for Jewish writers, The Whole Megillah. She also leads workshops for writers of Jewish-themed children’s books. She is on the adjunct faculty in the English Department at William Paterson University, where she teaches creative writing. Her picture book, Goldie Takes a Stand: A Tale of Young Golda Meir, will be published by Kar-Ben in Fall 2014. Her Jewish-themed short fiction and poetry have appeared in Poetica Magazine, Jewishfiction.net and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual.
Sarah Aronson is the author of the YA novel, Head Case and Beyond Lucky, a middle grade novel about soccer, luck and heroes. Her upcoming novel, Believe, revolves around the challenge of faith from the point of view of a girl who survived a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. When she is not writing, Sarah teaches online classes for Writers on the Net.
Meg Wiviott is the author of Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, a picture book on Kristallnacht, which was selected as one of SLJ’s Best Picture Books of 2010 and won awards from Moonbeam Children’s Books Awards and the Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression. She has a Master’s from Northwestern.
Micol Ostow is the author of numerous books for teens, including the Sydney Taylor Notable title So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother). She blogs with the National Book Award-winning Readergirlz team. She also teaches a popular teen fiction workshop through MediaBistro.com. Micol lives and works in New York City.
Sarah Lamstein’s picture books include two that are Jewish-themed – Annie’s Shabbat, named a Booklist Top Ten Religion Book for Youth, and Letter on the Wind, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and a CCBC Choice. Sarah has also published a folktale collection and a middle-grade novel.