Come and explore writing Jewish-themed children’s books

If your manuscript has Jewish content, you won’t want to miss our upcoming hands-on workshop, Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books May 15-18. An outstanding faculty of authors, editors and publishers will discuss:

  • The future of Jewish children’s literature;
  • What agents and editors look for; and
  • Best practices in writing Jewish content for children.


Barbara Krasner
Barbara Krasner
Barbara Krasner is an award-winning author of picture books and nonfiction, a teacher of creative writing and children’s literature and the publisher of the blog The Whole Megillah: The Writers’ Resource for Jewish Story. She has served on the Association of Jewish Libraries’ prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, and she reviews children’s books and Holocaust titles for the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Book Council.

Kathy Kacer
Kathy KacerKathy Kacer is a children’s author who is dedicated to writing and speaking about the Holocaust in a way that is sensitive to the age and stage of development of young readers. A winner of the Jewish Book Awards in Canada and the U.S., as well as the Yad Vashem Award for Children’s Holocaust Literature in Israel, her books have been translated into twenty languages in countries around the world.

Dianne Hess
Dianne HessDianne Hess is Executive Editor at Scholastic Press where she publishes a variety of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction. She was the editor of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award-winner and many other award-winning books. Dianne loves books with a spiritual and strong moral center and believes that Tikun Olam is the most important element in each book; that each book must play a role in making the world a better place.

Special Guests:

Joni Sussman
Joni Sussman
Joni Sussman is the Publisher at Kar-Ben Publishing. Kar-Ben publishes high quality Jewish-themed children’s titles, both fiction and non-fiction, including holiday books, life-cycle stories, Bible tales, folktales, stories about Jewish history, stories about Israel and many other Jewish topics. Joni is a past-president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, where she continues to serve as Chair of Holocaust Education.

Talia Benamy
Talia BenamyTalia Benamy is an assistant editor at Philomel Books, actively looking for realistic and historical fiction for middle grade and young adults, as well as quality narrative nonfiction for all ages, and finding positive Jewish content for children is high on her wish list. In addition to her life in publishing, Talia is also co-chair of the New York City chapter of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization, and she is a member of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents as well.

Posted on: March 30, 2016

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