Archive for January, 2011

It’s about time

When I first began forwordsbooks, which believe it or not was before blogs, Amazon.com, and cell phones you could carry in your purse or pocket, the Director of a Jewish Preschool, asked me to find some books that reflected “different families.”  At the time, this was almost 21 years ago, “different families” was code for “same-sex couple with a child in the preschool.”

I searched. And I searched. And I searched some more. Thankfully, a new book had just been published that met her needs and satisfied her Jewish criteria,  Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman. Illustrated by Diane Souza.  © 2009, Alysson Books. (This is the 20th Anniversary edition.) Fortunately, it was a winner and has remained a winner.

Thankfully, 20 years later, there are many more books that I would be able to present to this Preschool Director should she require my assistance again, like these two:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. Illustrated by Peter Parnell. © 2005, Simon and Schuster Books for Children.

The Family Book. Written and illustrated by Todd Parr. © 2003, Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

Unfortunately, what I would not be able to supply her with, would be a list of children’s picture books that reflect a Jewish-GLBT theme. Hopefully, that is about to change.

It is my pleasure to pass along that Keshet, the organization that works tirelessly for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews into Jewish life, has just announced a Jewish Children’s Book Writing Contest!  They are looking for an 800-1000 word FICTIONAL  Jewish children’s  picture book manuscript with a GLBT family or character. All the information you need is on the Keshet website.  However, here is some insider info – if the winning manuscript is fantastic and really rocks the judges, it might (that’s a very large, it better be really good, MIGHT) get published!

So come on people, you know you want to write a children’s book, here is a great opportunity. Think of all the possibilities: Baby Naming’s, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings and those are just the life cycle events. What about all those holidays, with all those relatives? Imagine them from a child’s point of view…

Happy Reading and Writing,

Kathy B.

©2010 Kathleen M. Bloomfield and forwordsbooks.com all rights reserved.
Books used in this review were provided by my local public library or are in my personal collection.
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Still at it…

PEDRO!!!

Plan.   Edit. Develop.   Review.  Organize.

It is late, but I am still working hard at getting a few more mini-challenges under my belt. I reviewed my emails with Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? I never knew gmail had so much power. I do not think I will ever use Outlook again.

I just read “10 Things Bloggers Should Not Do,” which I thought was going to be a quick read, but turned out to be a very interesting and thorough review of what I am and am not doing on my site. Thanks to Hannah at Word Lily for that one.  I scored myself high on 5 points, very low on 4 points and just OK on 1 point. I have a lot of work to do.

I finished uploading all the Book Reviews I had written to date – 19 in all! I also purchased a new computer online while I was at it. Overall, I would say this was a pretty darn productive weekend.

I have so much more to do. I am wondering when the next Bloggiesta is…I already have a list ready to go.

Happy Reading,

Kathy B.

©2011 Kathleen M. Bloomfield and forwordsbooks.com all rights reserved.
Books used in this review were provided by my local public library.
I am an Amazon Affiliate. If you click on a book title referred to on my web site and purchase it from Amazon,

I may receive a very small commission on your purchase.

You will incur no additional cost, however.

I appreciate your support.

Book Review | The Underneath
by Kathi Appelt

Score: 4.5

Illustrated by David Small © 2008, Atheneum Books for Young Readers. This is not a Jewish book, however it is such a powerful work of fiction filled with story, message and excellent writing that I just have to recommend it. Heroes and villains, humans and animals, fact and fantasy, life and death, past and present [...]

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by Susan Schnur & Anna Schnur-Fishman

Score: 3

Illustrated by Alex Steele-Morgan © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing Families looking for a way to bring interesting Jewish ritual into their lives need look no further than this charming book. Annie and her family go on a hike as part of their Rosh Hashanah afternoon. During their hike, they make four stops. One to remember something [...]

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Book Review | A Tale of Two Seders
by Mindy Avra Portnoy

Score: 3.5

Illustrated by Valeria Cis © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing. When parents get divorced and children are involved, there are always issues, not the least of which is where the children will spend the holidays. In this gentle and reassuring book, there are no arguments, no tugging or pulling. The details seem to have been worked out [...]

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