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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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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.…
 
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…
 
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/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…
 
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…
 
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! Books recommended on this episode: ADA Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine Laurie Wallmark (Author) A…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/04/holiday-highlights-best-new-passover.html Regular listeners will remember my friend Susan Kusel, a librarian/bookseller/author who partners with me frequently to promote Jewish children's literature. In this episode, we discuss Holiday Highlights, a project we set up through the Association of Je…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-unfinished-corner.html The Unfinished Corner, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist, is a graphic novel that challenges a bat mitzvah girl and her group of diverse Jewish friends to finish a corner of the universe left unfinished by God, in order to rid the world of evil. It's a bold premise…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/02/good-grief.html Today I've got a group interview for you, with three authors whose books each take a different and fascinating angle on dealing with grief. It's a difficult topic to talk about with young people but these books handle it with grace and sensitivity. Tyler Feder, author of the Sydne…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-2022-sydney-taylor-book-award-blog.html Welcome to this special edition of The Book of Life, recorded as a part of the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Visit https://jewishlibraries.org/ to find the full schedule of interviews with the gold and silver medalists, published February 7th…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2022/01/the-2022-sydney-taylor-book-awards.html Martha Seif Simpson is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us to discuss the 2022 winners of the award, which annually recognizes the best Jewish literature for children and teens.…
 
On the StoryMakers podcast, multi-award-winning author and illustrator duo, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome offer us a window into a child’s experience of the Great Migration in OVERGROUND RAILROAD, and then introduce us to the characters and history behind the second book in the FINDING LANGSTON TRILOGY, LEAVING LYMON. About OVERGROUND RAILRO…
 
Charyut! Attention! Aram Kim is back on StoryMakers for a chat about her new book LET’S GO TO TAEKWONDO! In this Kidlit RADIO podcast, join Aram as she catches us up on what her character Yoomi from NO KIMCHI FOR ME has been getting up to, learn about the rituals of the martial art Taekwondo and how to count to ten in Korean! ABOUT the Book WATCH A…
 
We’re heading to the barbershop in “Booklyn” with Hyewon Yum on this podcast of StoryMakers! Join the author of LION NEEDS A HAIRCUT for a chat about why haircuts can be a bit scary when you are little and then get your styling groove on with Rocco and Hyewon’s super fun haircut printable. What kind of haircut should little lion and Dad get? Downlo…
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to children's book author with a degree in oceanography, Leslie Bulion about SCUBA, "Golly-Gee Science," & The Hazards of Poetry Research. Books recommended on this episode: Hear the Wind Blow Doe Boyle (Author) Emily Paik (Illustrator) How to Build an Insect Roberta Gibso…
 
On this kid lit podcast episode of Read Out Loud, T.E. McMorrow reads aloud THE NUTCRACKER IN HARLEM. ABOUT THE BOOK Written by T.E. McMorrow and illustrated by James Ransome. This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season. In this original retelling, set in New York Ci…
 
Away in a manger — was a whole lot of noise! As Joseph and Mary try to get the baby Jesus to sleep, they discover stables aren’t the quietest places! As you try to get your own little ones to sleep this holiday season, listen together to Laura Sassi reading GOODNIGHT MANGER on this kidlit podcast episode of Read Out Loud. ABOUT THE BOOK Goodnight, …
 
Quick! KidLit Radio listeners, one of Santa’s reindeer has gone missing. If Santa and the other seven reindeer can’t find Prancer, there may never be another Christmas! Find out where Prancer has gone on this holiday podcast episode of Read Out Loud as Rocco reads the picture book classic, WHERE’S PRANCER by Syd Hoff. Watch Rocco read WHERE’S PRANC…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/holiday-heroes.html For this episode I've paired Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind with The Christmas Mitzvah by Jeff Gottesfeld. These two 2021 holiday picture books are both based on true stories of allyship and they have a lovely synergy. Your feedback is welcome! Please write to bo…
 
Ever wonder who came up with the idea for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons? KidLit Radio is back with a special Thanksgiving podcast edition of Read Out Loud. Join Rocco as he reads Melissa Sweet’s BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY. ABOUT THE BOOK Balloons Over Broadway By Melissa Sweet Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day when young and old…
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to software engineer and children's book author Songju Ma Daemicke about STEM Across Cultures. Books recommended on this episode: Whole Whale Karen Yin (Author) Nelleke Verhoeff (Illustrator) Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom Teres…
 
Sunday dinner is on the table. Whatever you do — DON’T LET ANTIE MABEL BLESS THE TABLE! Find out why on this podcast episode of Ready Set Draw as Vanessa Brantley-Newton reads her tale of family, thanksgiving, and patience. Watch Vanessa’s Episode of Read Out Loud ABOUT THE BOOK Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Su…
 
Osiyo! That means hello in Cherokee! Join Rocco and author Traci Sorell on KidLit RADIO for a chat about her book about the four seasons, WE ARE GRATEFUL, OTSALIHELIGA, which was inspired by the people and culture of the Cherokee Nation today! Learn along with Rocco as Traci shares some words from the Cherokee language! Watch Taci Sorell on STORYMA…
 
Sometimes when we are really excited about something that is going to happen, we picture it in our minds beforehand — what a birthday party will be like, what might be under the Christmas tree, or even how a visit with our favourite people might go. Sometimes what ends up happening isn’t quite how we imagined it! In this podcast episode of Read Out…
 
NO KIMCHI FOR ME! tells the story of Yoomi, who can not stand the strong smell and spicy flavour of kimchi, the condiment served with Korean meals. Can she learn to eat kimchi like the big kids? Her grandma has a plan. Join author Aram Kim as she reads NO KIMCHI FOR ME! on this podcast episode of Read Out Loud. We recorded this episode of Read Out …
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to oceanographic researcher and children's book author Padma Venkatraman about Oceanography & Compassion. Books Recommended on this Episode: Usha and the Big Digger Amitha Jagannath Knight (Author) Sandhya Prabhat (Illustrator) Why Do We See Rainbows? by Melissa Stewart Al…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2021/11/whistle-new-gotham-city-hero.html E. Lockhart joins us to talk about her graphic novel Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero, featuring a Jewish teen superhero with enhanced canine superpowers and a Great Dane sidekick named Lebowitz. This episode is sponsored by Every Child a Reader in association wit…
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to transportation analyst (with a degree in civil engineering) and children's book author Hannah Holt about Connections (Roundabouts, Writing, and Underwear). Books recommended on this episode: Mae Among the Stars Roda Ahmed (Author) Stasia Burrington (Illustrator) The Oce…
 
Join children's book authors Rajani LaRocca and Artemis Roehrig as they talk to agronomist and Newbery Honor-winning author Margarita Engle about Plants, Poetry, and Persistence. Books recommended on this episode: Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World Nancy Castaldo (Author) The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ra…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-way-back.html The Way Back is a strange and wonderful, life-affirming story about death, an adventure in which Bluma and Yehuda Lieb set out from the shtetl on a quest into the Far Country peopled by demons. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the young adult category and was named a Syd…
 
Visit https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2021/09/little-free-libraries.html for full show notes. Or look for episode "Little Free Libraries" posted September 1, 2021 at BookofLifePodcast.com. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchange…
 
One flag. Thousands of hands. 30,000 STITCHES. Join Amanda Davis, author of 30,000 STITCHES, THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE 911 FLAG, for a new StoryMakers Podcast and learn the inspiring story of the National 9/11 Flag. Work along with Rocco & Amanda to create your own helping hand — a reminder that it feels great to work together & help others! Amand…
 
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