No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

NO VACANCY (Groundwood Books, 2020), a middle grade novel by Tziporah Cohen, takes us through a budding friendship, a seemingly innocent ruse that fools a community, and an emotional journey that leads to a young girl’s realization of people’s differences and her first real connection to her Jewish identity. Miriam’s family moves from Manhattan toContinue reading “No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen”

The Polio Pioneer – Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

This biographical narrative of Dr. Jonas Salk, written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Lisa Anchin, was a delight to get on my doorstep; even after I ordered it, several colleagues recommended it as a must-read. The story of THE POLIO PIONEER is approachable and engaging, letting kids see themselves in the character ofContinue reading “The Polio Pioneer – Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine”

Upcoming KidLit Features

Good news! We’re back with a renewed commitment to supporting Jewish publishing for children and teens. As a writer and librarian in Judaica, I am happy to share with you the latest in literature that connects Jewish kids and young adults with their heritage and family histories. Now more than ever, it’s vital for kidsContinue reading “Upcoming KidLit Features”

Make a Custom Haggadah Online

Passover is coming soon! Are you ready?? This resource lets you customize a haggadah that’s just right for your family traditions. I went on there hoping to capture the conservative familiarity of our good old Maxwell House haggadah but make it easier to navigate now that our family has grown so large. I could playContinue reading “Make a Custom Haggadah Online”

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

So reading picture books with young children may mean that they hear more words, while at the same time, their brains practice creating the images associated with those words — and with the more complex sentences and rhymes that make up even simple stories

Jewish Deli Night… So Yummy

The library’s movie night was a resounding success thanks to the team who helped me put it together. The movie Deli Man provided the perfect backdrop for our deli night– it told a great story of the Jewish deli’s evolution throughout the 20th century in America, with star interviews and amazing real-life characters. This filmContinue reading “Jewish Deli Night… So Yummy”

Carrots, Parrots, and the Merits of Garden Reading

What happens when you mix reading, plants and animals? Magic. Really. These three ingredients, when stirred in a cauldron with care, prove to be the key to a fun and intriguing learning environment. Acting as children’s activity librarian at Churchill’s Garden Center has let me play with this idea, integrating the beautiful grounds into toddler storyContinue reading “Carrots, Parrots, and the Merits of Garden Reading”