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KidLit Classics is a podcast where each episode one guest from the kidlit industry – be it author, bookseller, bookstagrammer, educator, librarian or publishing professional – discusses the children’s book that inspired them to follow their own path into the kidlit industry. We hear about the books that opened their eyes to the wonders of children’s literature and are the ones most close to their hearts. We discuss what the books are about, why they are so special to the hosts, how they infl ...
 
The Book of Life is an interview-format podcast about Jewish kidlit, mostly, with occasional coverage of Jewish YA/adult books, music, film and web, established in December 2005. Host: Heidi Rabinowitz Sponsors: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida & the Association of Jewish Libraries
 
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About this episode’s KidLit Classic: Ramona Quimby Age 8 is the third book in Beverly Cleary's classic junior fiction series Ramona Quimby. Published in 1981, it was a Newberry Honour book. Along with Judy Blume, the series is often cited as one of the biggest influences on the popularity of contemporary 'real life' stories for children. In this ep…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/12/its-always-party-with-sephardi.html TRANSCRIPT: https://otter.ai/u/aXbubONG9JrTtv8hmF4oFJMde14 Sarah Aroeste is a singer/songwriter of Ladino music, a leader of Sephardic travel tours, and an author of board books featuring Sephardic culture and Ladino vocabulary. Bridget Hodder is a Sephardic au…
 
About this episode’s KidLit Classic: Del-Del is a YA psychological thriller from prolific Australian writer, Victor Kelleher. Published in 1992, it was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal and nominated for a Ditmar Award. In this episode we discuss what Del-Del is about, why children’s author Anna Battese loves it, Kelleher's unique writing style an…
 
About this episode’s KidLit Classic: Storm Boy is a 1964 Australian children's novel written by Colin Thiele. Set in the Coorong region of South Australia, it revolves around the bond between a boy and his pelican, and the relationships he forms with his father Hide-Away Tom and outcast Australian Aboriginal man Fingerbone. It has a strong environm…
 
About this episode’s KidLit Classic: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is a children's fantasy classic from legendary English author Alan Garner. Published in 1960, two books in the same world followed it, and it was adapted into radio plays, a musical, and has been cited as one of the most important and influential works of British fantasy for childre…
 
About this episode’s KidLit Classic: Rowan of Rin is a middle grade classic from one of Australia’s most-loved authors, Emily Rodda. Published in 1993, it won the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 1994. A further four books went on to be published in the series. In this episode we discuss what Rowan of Rin is about, why guest Bethany Lov…
 
Sharon and Christy discuss what makes a good opening for a KidLit novel, and test each other's detective skills with some excellent opening lines from published KidLit. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @CoachingKidLit For more information about Sharon Skinner, visit bookcoachingbysharon.com. For more information about Christy Yaros, visit christ…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/11/awesome-new-orthodox-ya-novels.html Representation of Orthodox Judaism has been virtually non-existent in traditionally published contemporary young adult fiction, but that is starting to change. In this episode, I spoke with Leah Scheier, author of The Last Words We Said published by Simon & Sch…
 
Christy and Sharon talk about plot, different forms of plot/subplot, some of the plotting tools that are available, and dig into plot in KidLit. Darcy Pattison's Shrunken Manuscript Revision Method: https://www.darcypattison.com/writing/revision/shrunken-manuscript-watch-webinar/ Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @CoachingKidLit For more informat…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/10/the-very-best-sukkah.html The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda is Shoshana Nambi's debut picture book. She is a member of the Abayudaya, the Jewish community of Uganda, and is in the U.S. studying at Hebrew Union College to become the country's first female rabbi. This delightful story, rich…
 
Cindy L. Rodriguez returns to chat with Christy and Sharon about the value of hiring a book coach, whether you're just starting out, still aspiring, or a multi-published author. Cindy’s debut picture book, Three Pockets Full, came out from Cardinal Rule Press on September 1. Jump to: [3:04] The Backstory of the Story [8:02] Critique Group vs. Coach…
 
This week in all-age comics books check out Gustav & Henri, My Travels in Japan, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Cupcake Diaries and more. 00:00 Midtown Comics in NYC, 01:39 Previews World, 01:55 Gustav & Henri on Red Comet Press, 02:51 Batman Returns One Dark Christmas on Insight Editions, 04:05 My Travels in Japan on Tuttle Publishing, 05:33 Moon G…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/09/some-kind-of-hate.html Sarah Darer Littman does not shy away from tough topics. Her middle grade and young adult novels address religious identity, internet predation, eating disorders, and online bullying. Her new YA novel, Some Kind of Hate, addresses radicalization and antisemitism. It's an im…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/08/detour-ahead.html Detour Ahead is a contemporary middle grade novel about Gila and Guillermo and the way the H4 bus in Washington DC brings them together. Pamela Ehrenberg wrote the part of Gila, a neurodivergent white Jewish girl who loves breakdancing, and Tracy Lopez wrote Guillermo, a boy fro…
 
Christy and Sharon dive into Coaching KidLit, what exactly this book coaching thing is, which is not a very simple answer, but nonetheless an interesting one, because at its essence, it's all about helping you write, edit, and polish your manuscript so it's the best it can be. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @CoachingKidLit For more information…
 
Sharon and Christy discuss source material, challenges with adhering too close to facts, and ways you can put some distance between you and the "way things really happened" in order to tell a compelling and emotionally resonant story. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @CoachingKidLit For more information about Sharon Skinner, visit bookcoachingby…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/07/catnip-for-librarians-smart-kids-talk.html Ten year old Hudson and thirteen year old Ellery are graduates of PJ Our Way's National Design Team. These two young avid readers joined me to discuss their love of reading in general and Jewish books in particular, as well as the societal significance o…
 
Minions: The Rise of Gru is entertaining for elementary school ages, but spoils quickly for those over 10. Call it the curse of Baby Muppets, beware of films that are 90 minutes or the second prequel to two sequels-it is Those kids 10 and under will enjoy it and those parents who have to take them there will just draw the short straw this time.…
 
My Parents Won’t Stop Talking! is the perfect intersection of art and story in a picture book about patience, perception, and creativity. This is as silly as it is funny as it is creative and deep. Any kid who is four or older will love this picture book and completely understand it.
 
The Sweetest Scoop is a picture book on Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, the flavors, their business, the ethics, and walking the walk. It manages to be entertaining, educational and teach multiple lessons, all without raising a wary eyebrow from those young readers (or adults) who are just looking for a great book.…
 
Baseball Around the World takes a look at the game through 13 countries, how it got there, famous players and more. It's a disarming book that doesn't offend those who don't know the game, yet adds details to those who know lots about it. This is done by dozens upon dozens of blurbs, a wide variety of illustrations, photographs and graphics.…
 
A Dinosaur Named Ruth is the story that you think that you know, but instead is a patient tale about knowing what you have. This is an illustrated book that ages four and up will love, but also has lessons for those middle and upper elementary readers who love to discover things.
 
Classic Adventures Treasure Island presents the classic book in an intelligent way for ages seven and up to experience on their own. This imprint from Starry Forest Books doesn't get in the way of kids wanting to read them. They're engaging and bring an abbreviated version of the classics that doesn't baby the content down, yet presents it in a way…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/06/zikh-aleyn-zayn-getray-or-you-be-you.html You Be You, The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family by Jonathan Branfman may not seem like an obvious choice for coverage on The Book of Life, but I was fascinated by the fact that it had been translated into Yiddish to make it accessible not onl…
 
Join Sharon and Christy as they welcome their first guest, KidLit author Cindy L. Rodriguez, to talk about her journey to KidLit through journalism and teaching middle school. Cindy's debut picture book, THREE POCKETS FULL: A Story of Love, Family, and Tradition, illustrated by Begoña Fernández Corbalán, comes out July 1 from Cardinal Rule Press. F…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/06/unite-against-book-bans.html Recently, libraries and schools have been facing an outrageous number of book challenges. Jewish tradition encourages debate and the exchange of ideas, and to me, the attempted repression we are seeing right now is diametrically opposed to Jewish values and American v…
 
What drives a story is not only what happens to the protagonist, but what it means to them, their choices and the consequences of those choices, and what they choose to do after that. The character journey is what the story really is about. This is especially true in KidLit. Join Christy and Sharon as they deep dive into character development and d…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/05/wayward-creatures.html Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz is a heartfelt animal friendship story for middle grade readers, told from the points of view of both a troubled young Jewish boy and the wayward coyote he befriends after a forest fire changes both of their lives. A local restorative just…
 
The most engaging stories are those that contain emotional truth. So, what is emotional truth? And how can you get it onto the page? Christy and Sharon explore what it means to write emotional truth, and how, when you write from a place that is emotionally true, the reader will truly connect to that, even if you’re writing about something they have…
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to doctor and children's book author Amitha Jagannath Knight about Writing Through Residency. You can find books by all our guests in the STEM Women in KidLit bookstore! Support STEM Women in Kidlit! Books recommended on this episode: ADA Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Mach…
 
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