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Why You Should Submit to PJ Library | Authors Speak Up

Welcome to The Whole Megillah‘s cyber-round table of authors whose books were submitted and selected by PJ Library and/or PJ Our Way. Our authors include Amalia Hoffman, author/illustrator of Dreidel Day (Kar-Ben, 2018); Karen Pokras, author of the forthcoming middle-grade … Continue reading

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Two-in-One Author’s Notebook | In the Jerusalem Forest by Devora Busheri and illustrated by Noa Kelner

In the Jerusalem Forest by Devora Busheri and illustrated by Noa Kelner, 32 pp., Kar-Ben Publishing, 2019. Israel-based Devora and I met as inaugural fellows at the 2017 Jewish Children’s Literature Tent at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. The … Continue reading

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Why We Write and Publish Holocaust Books for Young Readers

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, The Whole Megillah sponsored a survey of writers and publishers/editors of Holocaust books for young readers. The writers include Jane Yolen, Janet Wees, Susan Lynn Meyer, Andria Rosenbaum, Nancy Churnin, Susan L. Ross, and Kathy Kacer. … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Matzah Belowstairs, Written by Susan L. Meyer

Matzah Belowstairs, written by Susan L. Meyer and illustrated by Mette Engell. Kar-Ben, 2019, 24 pp. Hardcover, $17.99; paperback, $7.99. Ebook also available. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this story? Susan Lynn Meyer (SLM): I’ve often sat at seder … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine

All Eyes on Alexandra, written by Anna Levine and illustrated by Chiara Pasqualotto. 32 pp., Kar-Ben, September 2018. The Whole Megillah (TWM): In this book, you’ve personified a family of cranes and used Abba, Ima, Savta, and Saba. How did … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Tammar Stein, The Six-Day Hero

I had the pleasure of meeting author Tammar Stein at the August Tent: Jewish Children’s Literature program at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. She was able to take time out from her busy schedule to talk about … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Linda Leopold-Strauss, A Different Kind of Passover

A Different Kind of Passover Written by Linda Leopold-Strauss and illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau (Kar-Ben, 2017) The Whole Megillah (TWM):  What inspired you to write A Different Kind of Passover? Linda Leopold-Strauss (LLS): When I was a child, Passover was one … Continue reading

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Three-in-One Notebook | Not for All the Hamantaschen in Town

The Whole Megillah interviews here Laura Aron Milhander, author, and Inna Chernyak, illustrator of the new Kar-Ben picture book, Not for All the Hamantaschen in Town, a Purim story. Kar-Ben publisher Joni Sussman also participates. Here goes… The Whole Megillah … Continue reading

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2016 Opportunities for Writers of Jewish Story

Have you decided what path your writing will take in 2016? Here are some opportunities to take advantage of to bring your writing to new levels and to send your work off into the world. Highlights Foundation workshop, “Writing Jewish … Continue reading

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Three-in-One | Shmulik Paints the Town Written by Lisa Rose and Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

My first encounter with Lisa Rose was as an author through her Facebook group, “Missing Voice.” Like me and countless others, she is now a Kar-Ben author with Shmulik Paints the Town, a story about a painter, a dog, and … Continue reading

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