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The Quest For Excellence In Jewish Children’S Literature, Cheryl Banks, Lisa Silverman Dec 2006

The Quest For Excellence In Jewish Children’S Literature, Cheryl Banks, Lisa Silverman

Judaica Librarianship

When book selectors, book award judges, and reviewers seek to identify excellence in Jewish children’s literature, they must look beyond the accepted criteria for literary and artistic quality. This article discusses that criteria and focuses on the special elements that contribute to excellence in the Jewish content of books for children and teens.


Midrash In Jewish Children's Literature, Diamond Goldin Barbara Dec 1995

Midrash In Jewish Children's Literature, Diamond Goldin Barbara

Judaica Librarianship

The term midrash has a specific meaning and a broader one. Specifically, midrash refers to the post Talmudic body of writings (post-500 C.E.) such as Midrash Rabbah and Pirke de-Rabi Eliezer. In broader terms, midrash has come to mean a Jewish story that explains, clarifies, or elaborates on an event or passage in the Torah.

There are many stories in midrasnhic sources that are appropriate and valuable to retell for children. A retelling of the story "Solomon and the Demon King," for instance, can captivate a fifth grader today who plays computer games and rides a skateboard, just as ...


Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1994, Lillian Schwartz Dec 1995

Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1994, Lillian Schwartz

Judaica Librarianship

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Gender Portrayal In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen G. Cole Sep 1994

Gender Portrayal In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen G. Cole

Judaica Librarianship

Current concerns with equality and equity focus the spotlight on gender, especially in a patriarchal religion and its observances, customs, and literature. When boys and girls read Jewish books they receive an image through word and picture of Jewish girls and women. This image can vary if the subject of the story is religious or cultural, if the time frame is past or present, if the locale is familiar or foreign, or if the plot conflict involves a male or another female. Gender can shift the fulcrum when the world seesaws between unfair and un equal.

Books contain implicit and ...


Legend In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen Frankel Sep 1994

Legend In Jewish Children's Literature, Ellen Frankel

Judaica Librarianship

Until recent times, Jewish children's legends did not exist as a separate literature. Children learned stories either from classical Jewish sources, family members, or traveling story tellers.

Recent interest in and publication of Jewish children's stories represent both a boon and a danger. Contemporary versions of traditional tales blur the distinctions between fiction and folklore, challenging the inherent conservatism of the folk process.

What makes a particular story Jewish? Jewish tales attempt to find meaning and divine purpose in national and personal events. They also resonate with old voices—"proof-texts" from the Bible and rabbinic writings—as well ...


Books Without Boundaries: Jewish Children's Books In The Secular Arena, Carol Snyder Sep 1994

Books Without Boundaries: Jewish Children's Books In The Secular Arena, Carol Snyder

Judaica Librarianship

Books with Jewish content are of universal interest and are important to individuals and to society. Through humor and personal experiences in writing and speaking about my Ike and Mama series, my middlegrade young-adult books, as well as my picture book, God Must Like Cookies, Too, I communicate to publishers, authors, and librarians the ways that my books have crossed over to the general marketplace. Why and how this came to be, and the newfound inclusion and interest of Jewish writers in the "multicultural" designation are also examined.


Jewish Children's Books Too Good To Miss: Selected List Of 1991 Titles Sep 1994

Jewish Children's Books Too Good To Miss: Selected List Of 1991 Titles

Judaica Librarianship

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Acceptance Speeches (Sydney Taylor Book Award, 1991): Barbara Diamond Goldin, Erika Weihs, Sandy Lanton, Shelly 0. Haas, Howard Schwartz (For Barbara Rush), Uri Shulevitz Sep 1994

Acceptance Speeches (Sydney Taylor Book Award, 1991): Barbara Diamond Goldin, Erika Weihs, Sandy Lanton, Shelly 0. Haas, Howard Schwartz (For Barbara Rush), Uri Shulevitz

Judaica Librarianship

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Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1992 Sep 1994

Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1992

Judaica Librarianship

No abstract provided.


Acceptance Remarks, Lois Roisman (Ajl Sydney Taylor Book Manuscript Award Competition, 1993) Sep 1994

Acceptance Remarks, Lois Roisman (Ajl Sydney Taylor Book Manuscript Award Competition, 1993)

Judaica Librarianship

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Ajl Sydney Taylor Book Award Presentations, 1993, Michlean J. Amir Sep 1994

Ajl Sydney Taylor Book Award Presentations, 1993, Michlean J. Amir

Judaica Librarianship

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Sydney Taylor Book Award Acceptance Speeches (1993) Sep 1994

Sydney Taylor Book Award Acceptance Speeches (1993)

Judaica Librarianship

No abstract provided.


Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1993 Sep 1994

Ajl Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Competition, 1993

Judaica Librarianship

No abstract provided.