Gifts of Love, an Original Story

  “Gifts of Love” is a heart-warming story about the friendship that develops between two children from diverse cultures. They share an optimistic view of the world, and while one struggles with illness, the other strives to help her friend in a very personal way. Parents may want to read…

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But, You Promised!  

“Parents use promises for a variety of reasons—to bribe their child into doing what they want, to avoid a possible confrontation with their child, to spare their child from disappointment, to create hope in their child,” I wrote in an article for Glo online magazine in 2013. “But children are…

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Listen to Podcast on Diversity in Jewish KidLit

January 27, 2015 was Multicultural Children’s Book Day. It seems like good timing to share some thoughts on diversity within Jewish children’s literature. Sylvia Rouss, Mira Reisberg, Joni Sussman and Ann Stampler spoke at the 2014 Association of Jewish Libraries conference on a panel responding to the Pew study “A Portrait of…

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Sukkot – information for Parents and Children

Five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot begins. It is a fall harvest holiday which dates back to the time of Moses. While wandering in the desert, the Jewish people built temporary huts. Upon reaching the land of Israel, they became farmers. At harvest time, they built little huts near their crops and lived in them until they finished harvesting. Today Sukkot celebrates the 40 years of wandering as well as the harvest. Many historians believe the American holiday of Thanksgiving is based on the holiday of Sukkot.

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