Monday, May 29, 2017

PJ Our Way


PJ Our Way is an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that gives free chapter books to Jewish families with middle grade readers. It's an outgrowth of PJ Library, which does the same thing with picture books for younger kids. I spoke to PJ Our Way Director Catriella Freedman, who told me all the in's and out's of the program, and explained to me why independent readers can't be treated in quite the same way as the little ones.

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Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Feminism, Podcasted: an Interview with The Book of Life's Heidi Rabinowitz


The Jewish Women's Archive blog, Jewesses With Attitude, interviewed me about The Book of Life! They asked me about why I decided to start a podcast dedicated to Jewish literature and arts; why women storytellers have a harder time than men storytellers; and what The Book of Life and JWA’s podcast Can We Talk? have in common.



 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Almost a Minyan

Author Lori Kline, publisher Debra Winegarten, illustrator Susan Simon
Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline, illustrated by Susan Simon, is a picture book about a Jewish girl reaching the age where she can help her community pray. The book is traditional and groundbreaking at the same time, depicting an egalitarian, multiracial, observant Jewish community. I spoke to author Lori Kline and publisher Debra Winegarten of Sociosights Press together, by phone at Lori's house in Austin, Texas. Almost a Minyan is the Jewish Women's Archive Children's Book Pick for 2017. Share these discussion questions with the young readers in your life.

Thanks to Patreon patrons Jennie Gates Beckman, Leah Berkowitz, Christine Ertl, and April Halprin Wayland, whose donations helped me purchase a new digital voice recorder for podcasting (a Zoom H4N, if you're wondering). Author Suzanne Nelson is still waiting to send you an autographed copy of Serendipity's Footsteps for becoming a Book of Life patron!
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CREDITS:

Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel 
Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries   
Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band   
Facebook: facebook.com/bookoflifepodcast   
Twitter: @bookoflifepod 
 

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