Author Archives: Barbara Krasner

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.

Who Sponsored Your Jewish Literacy?

I’ve been reading Deborah Brandt’s “The Sponsors of Literacy,” and wonder now about my own sponsors of Jewish literacy. I think the library at my Hebrew school, Congregation B’nai Israel, in Kearny, New Jersey was responsible for my love of … Continue reading

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PJ Our Way: An Interview with Director Catriella Freedman

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What is PJ Our Way? What is its mission? Catriella Freedman (CF): PJ Our Way is the next chapter of our free Jewish children’s book program, PJ Library, for kids ages 9-11. It’s designed to meet … Continue reading

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2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2017 Sydney … Continue reading

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In the Spirit of Poetry Has Value | January 2017 Report

January bore the brunt of rejections from all those December submissions. Poetry: Three submissions (Kelsey Review and two contests), no acceptances, and nine rejections to report (Bitter Oleander, Foundry, Redivider, Whale Road Review, Mom Egg Review, Jewish Literary Journal, Outlook … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Courtney Druz, The Hannah Senesh Set

The Whole Megillah (TWM): How did you come to write this book? What was the inspiration? Why Hannah Senesh? Courtney Druz (CD): I didn’t know at first that I was going to write about Hannah Senesh. Since finishing my previous … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Susan Lynn Meyer, Skating with the Statue of Liberty

The Whole Megillah welcomes back Susan Lynn Meyer, author of the 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award Winner for Older Readers, Black Radishes and now its sequel, Skating with the Statue of Liberty (Delacorte/Random House, 2016). The Whole Megillah (TWM): … Continue reading

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Year of the Book | Critique Group Results

The possibility for critique groups now exists for the following: Contemporary YA Historical YA 7-10 year olds Personal essays If interested in joining one or more of these groups, please comment below.

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