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Jewish Book Carnival

Welcome to the headquarters of the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts.

The carnival was started by Heidi Rabinowitz and Marie Cloutier to build community among bloggers and blogs who feature Jewish books. It runs every month on the 15th (or close to the 15th when it falls on Shabbat).

The default location for the Carnival is here at People of the Books, but we encourage you to contact us at carnival@jewishlibraries.org if you would like to host the Carnival on your blog.

Feel free to download and save the logo, and use it on your blog posts or sidebar. Please do not link directly to the picture.

The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page, where we host discussions and more. Whether or not you’re participating, we hope you’ll stop by, join and take part!

The purposes of the Jewish Book Carnival are:

  • To build community among bloggers who feature Jewish books on their blogs
  • To promote Jewish reading, and fields supporting this reading such as publishing and library services


Appropriate content
 for Jewish Book Carnival submissions includes:

  • Reviews of Jewish books
  • Interviews with authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, librarians, etc. about Jewish literature
  • Reporting on Jewish literary events (or the Jewish angle at non-Jewish events)
  • Reflective essays related to Jewish literature, which may include reflections on the process of creating a specific title (this is the one instance in which authors/publshers might discuss one of their own books, in a meaningful and non-commercial way that serves a larger goal)


While the Carnival is open to participation by blogging authors and publishers, we wish to avoid “shameless commerce” (as NPR’s Car Talk puts it), and we ask that authors and publishers not submit posts directly promoting their own products. 

Upcoming Schedule

  • December 2021 will be hosted by Mirta Ines Trupp at her self named author site. To participate, submit your link by December 11, 2021 to indieauthor4life@gmail.com and please include “Jewish Book Carnival” in the subject line. One link per participant is preferred.
  • January 2022 will be hosted by Heidi Rabinowitz at The Book of Life. To participate, submit your link by January 11, 2022 to bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com and please include “Jewish Book Carnival” in the subject line. One link per participant is preferred.

Participating Blogs

Past Carnival hosts
November 2021 hosted by Shiloh Musings
October 2021 hosted by Jewish Books for Kids...And More!
September 2021 hosted by Erika Dreifus
August 2021 hosted by Life Is Like a Library
July 2021 hosted by Gila Green
June 2021 hosted by The Rachack Review
May 2021 hosted by Ann D. Koffsky
April 2021 hosted by Mirta Ines Trupp's Blog
March 2021 hosted by Memory & Redemption
February 2021 at The Book of Life
January 2021 hosted by Heidi Slowinski
December 2020 hosted by The Rachack Review
November 2020 hosted by Gila Green Writes
October 2020 hosted by The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
September 2020 hosted by Life Is Like a Library
August 2020 hosted by The Whole Megillah
July 2020 hosted by My Machberet
June 2020 hosted by Gila Green
May 2020 hosted by Memory & Redemption
April 2020 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
March 2020 hosted by The Book of Life
February 2020 hosted by Memory & Redemption
January 2020 hosted by Gila Green
December 2019 hosted by My Machberet
November 2019 hosted by Memory & Redemption
October 2019 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
September 2019 hosted by Life Is Like a Library
August 2019 hosted by Memory & Redemption
July 2019 hosted by Ann Koffsky's Blog
June 2019 hosted by The Book of Life
May 2019 hosted by Life Is Like a Library
April 2019 hosted by Gila Green
March 2019 hosted by Erika Dreifus
February 2019 hosted by Gila Green
January 2019 hosted by Memory & Redemption
December 2018 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
November 2018 hosted by Memory and Redemption
October 2018 hosted by My Machberet
September 2018 hosted by Jewish Books for Children
August 2018 hosted by The Whole Megillah
July 2018 hosted by Memory & Redemption
June 2018 hosted by Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb
May 2018 hosted by Shiloh Musings
April 2018 hosted by Memory & Redemption
March 2018 hosted by The Whole Megillah
February 2018 hosted by Me-Ander Blog
January 2018 hosted by Erika Dreifus
December 2017 hosted by Ann Koffsky
November 2017 hosted by Samuel Griswold
October 2017 NONE
September 2017 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
August 2017 hosted by A Damaged Mirror
July 2017 hosted by Erika Dreifus
June 2017 hosted by Samuel Griswold
May 2017 hosted by Life is Like a Library
April 2017 hosted by Memory & Redemption
March 2017 hosted by The Whole Megillah
February 2017 hosted by Samuel Griswold Jewish Author
January 2017 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
December 2016 hosted by Fig Tree Books
November 2016 hosted by The Book of Life
October 2016 hosted by Emunaroma
September 2016 hosted by the Boston Bibliophile
August 2016 hosted by Memory & Redemption
July 2016 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
June 2016 hosted by The Whole Megillah
May 2016 hosted by Adventures in MamaLand
April 2016 hosted by The Book of Life
March 2016 hosted by Emunaroma
February 2016 hosted by A Damaged Mirror
January 2016 hosted by The Boston Bibliophile
December 2015 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
November 2015 hosted by Adventures in MamaLand
October 2015 hosted by Fig Tree Books
September 2015 hosted by The Prosen People
August 2015 hosted by A Damaged Mirror
July 2015 hosted by Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
June 2015 hosted by Life is Like a Library
May 2015 hosted by Write Kids Books
April 2015 hosted by Jodie Books
March 2015 hosted by A Damaged Mirror
February 2015 hosted by Sketching Out
January 2015 hosted by The Whole Megillah
December 2015 hosted by Gihon River Press
November 2014~hosted by Fig Tree Books
October 2014~hosted by The Best Chapter
September 2014~hosted by The Prosen People
August 2014~hosted by Ann Koffsky's Blog
July 2014~at Bagels Books and Schmooze~
June 2014~at Write Kids' Books!
May 2014~at My Machberet
April 2014~hosted by The Whole Megillah
March 2014~hosted by The Book of Life
February 2014~hosted by The Prosen People
January 2014~hosted by Needle in the Bookstacks
December 2013~hosted by The Best Chapter
November 2013~hosted by Sketching Out
October 2013~hosted by ForWords Books
September 2013~hosted by My Machberet
August 2013~hosted by Sketching Out
July 2013~hosted by The Whole Megillah
June 2013~hosted by ForWords Books
May 2013~hosted by The Book of Life
April 2013~hosted by The Prosen People
March 2013~hosted by Ann Koffsky
February 2013 - ~no Carnival please visit the~Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour~instead
January 2013 hosted by People of the Books
December 2012 hosted by My Machberet
November 2012 hosted by The Book of Life
October 2012 hosted by The Prosen People
September 2012 hosted by Bagels Books & Schmooze
August 2012 hosted by Needle in the Bookstacks
July 2012 hosted by The Whole Megillah
June 2012 hosted by Jewish Muse
May 2012 hosted by The Prosen People
April 2012 hosted by HomeShuling
March 2012 hosted by Ann D. Koffsky
February 2012 no carnival please visit the~Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour~instead
January 2012 hosted by My Machberet
December 2011 hosted by The Whole Megillah
November 2011 hosted by Jewesses With Attitude
October 2011 hosted by Homeshuling
September 2011 hosted by forwardsbooks
August 2011 hosted by Needle in the Bookstacks
July 2011 hosted by Ann Koffsky
June 2011 hosted by My Machberet
May 2011 hosted by The Whole Megillah
April 2011 hosted by the Jewish Book Council
March 2011 hosted by Jewish Muse
February 2011 hosted by The Boston Bibliophile
January 2011 hosted by People of the Books.
December 2010 hosted by My Machberet.
November 2010 hosted by JewishBoston.com.
October 2010~hosted by the Jewish Book Council.
September 2010~hosted by the Jewish Publication Society.
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