"People of the Books" Blog

Day 4: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

A little catch-up today with the Shanghai Sukkah interviews, and two new Blog Tour stops: Everybody Says Shalom and Stones on a Grave.

Be sure to check out yesterday's interview on The Hired Girl, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.

Catching up from WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Kristi's Book Nook
Author & Illustrator Interviews

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
Author Interview

Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading
Author Interview and Book review

 

Day 3: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

We're not sure what happened to the the interview on Shanghai Sukkah that was supposed to appear at Kristi's Book Nook today - we hope Kristi is okay and we'll bring you the interview ASAP. In the meantime, here is the Jewish Book Council's interview on The Hired Girl! 

Be sure to check out yesterday's interviews on Adam and Thomas and Hereville, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The Prosen People
Author interview

 

 

Day 2: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

Two more stops on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour today, another gold medalist and another silver. Be sure to check out yesterday's interviews on Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed and Serendipity's Footsteps, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Jeffrey M. Green, illustrated by Philippe Dumas
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Jewish Books for Kids with Barbara Bietz
Translator Interview

 

 

Hereville by Barry Deutsch
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Jewish Comics
Author-illustrator interview

Day 1: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

Today kicks off the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour, a virtual book tour for authors and illustrators of this year's gold and silver medalists. Check back each day for new interviews, or wait until the end and read all the interviews at once! Find the entire blog tour schedule here

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Ketzel the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky's Blog
Author Interview
Illustrator Interview

Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman

AJL SPOTLIGHT WITH HEIDI ESTRIN

AJL Spotlight is an on-going series that highlights the day-in-a-life of our members and libraries. This week we interviewed, Heidi Estrin, winner of the 2016 Fanny Goldstein Merit Award Scholarship.

Name: Heidi Estrin
Your institution: Feldman Children’s Library at Congregation B’nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida
Job title: Library Director and Media Specialist
Blogwww.bookoflifepodcast.com

How big is the collection you manage?
We have 9,000+ volume library serving the children of our Reform synagogue preschool and religious school, as well as their parents and teachers.

What is your typical day?
1) Storytimes for Baby Center and Preschool classes, including read-aloud, singing, and demonstrating an iPad app
2) Computer Lab classes for Preschool
3) Order books for the library from Ebay to find the best prices on new and gently used titles
4) Edit and post a new episode of The Book of Life, my podcast about Jewish books, music, film and web
5) Sort through used books donated to library
6) Attend professional development workshop for staff of the religious school
7) Write up plans for our Year of Literary Celebrations (different literary activities each month in the Preschool)
8) Reference and reader’s advisory for teachers and parents

How did you get involved with AJL?
I got involved in 1998. I had just been hired at Congregation B’nai Israel when longtime member Lee Wixman z”l waltzed into the library and said “South Florida AJL is hosting the next convention and you’re going to help. I’ll drive you to the chapter meeting.” He did, and I did, and I haven’t missed a conference since. Jumping in the deep end was good for me.

What AJL positions have you served?
SSC
Past President
Past Chair of Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
Past Chair of PR Committee
Past Chair of Mentoring Committee

What have been some memorable highlights at conferences?
I particularly enjoyed the special kidlit celebration we did in Cleveland (2008) for the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Maybe we can do something like that again in 2018! There’s always something special about each conference destination too. In Cambridge (2006), I took a side-trip with Etta Gold to Western Mass to see the Yiddish Book Center and Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In Chicago (2009), I got to visit the Planet Esme Book Room. The travel is fun, but the best part is seeing my once-a-year librarian friends. It’s sort of like going back to summer camp each year!

Can you recommend a book to us?
At AJL15, I got to interview Laura Gehl, author of Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel, so I will recommend that book. I like how it has a plot beyond “whirlwind tour of Israel” and I really love the sophisticated illustrations.