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The Book of Life: Jewish Kidlit, Mostly

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The Book of Life is an interview-format podcast about Jewish kidlit, mostly, with occasional coverage of Jewish YA/adult books, music, film and web, established in December 2005.Host: Heidi RabinowitzSponsors: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida & the Ass… read more

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Zay Getray Zikh Aleyn, or You Be You: The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family

June 15th, 2022



You Be You, The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family by Jonathan Branfman  may not seem like an obvious choice for …

Unite Against Book Bans

June 1st, 2022



Recently, libraries and schools have been facing an outrageous …

Wayward Creatures

May 1st, 2022



Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz is a heartfelt animal friendship story …

The Unfinished Corner

March 8th, 2022




The Unfinished Corner, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist, is a graphic novel that challenges a bat mitzvah girl and her …

Good Grief

February 22nd, 2022



Today I've got a group interview for you, with three authors whose books each take a different and fascinating angle on dealing with grief. It's a …

Blog Tour 2022: The Sydney Taylor Book Award

February 11th, 2022



Welcome to this special edition of The Book of Life, recorded as a part of the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! …

The 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Revealed

January 24th, 2022



Martha Seif Simpson is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined …

Holiday Heroes

December 1st, 2021



For this episode I've paired Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind …

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero

November 1st, 2021



E. Lockhart joins us to talk about her graphic novel Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero, featuring a Jewish teen superhero with …

The Way Back

September 25th, 2021



The Way Back is a strange and wonderful, life-affirming story about death, an …

The New Queer Conscience

June 13th, 2021


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The Passover Guest

March 7th, 2021


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The Puppy Test

December 18th, 2020


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City of Light

December 6th, 2020


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Anya's Dragons and Nightingales

November 9th, 2020


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Honey on the Page

October 2nd, 2020


Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children's Literature, edited and translated by Miriam Udel, comes out from NYU Press on October 6, 2020. We didn't have the chance to do an audio interview but I did want you to …

A Place at the Table

September 7th, 2020


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No Vacancy

August 9th, 2020


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The Bubbes and the Zaides

July 19th, 2020


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Through the Window: Lee Wind

June 28th, 2020


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Family Meeting

March 23rd, 2020


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This Book of Life "Family Meeting" will fill you in on lots …

No Steps Behind

February 24th, 2020


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No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon's Battle for Women's …

The 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners

January 27th, 2020


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The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes the best in Jewish children's and teen literature each year. I …

A Bisl Yiddish

January 13th, 2020



This virtual panel on Yiddish-related kidlit includes Sue Macy, author of The Book Rescuer, Debbie Levy, author of Yiddish …

Hanukkah with Noshy Boy & Friends

December 15th, 2019



ANNOUNCING: The World Premiere of the audiobook version of Hanukkah with Noshy Boy & Friends by Anne-Marie Asner, …

A Field Guide to Jewish Kidlit

December 2nd, 2019



On The Book of Life, we talk a lot about Jewish kidlit. But where do you go to find Jewish children's books? In this episode,

Honeycake, a Jewish Magazine for 2-6 Year Olds

November 3rd, 2019



Honeycake Magazine is a new Jewish magazine for kids ages 2 to 6. Creator Anna Caplan guest posted on The Book of Life about the magazine …

Bonus: Let's Play Superfight!

September 23rd, 2019



In May 2019 I posted an interview with Jonathan Auxier, the author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. In our interview we …

Sister Religion/Sister Kidlit

August 25th, 2019



Sadaf Siddique and Gauri Manglick are the co-creators of Kitaab World, a website that promotes South Asian children's books. …

Notes from a Young Reader

August 8th, 2019



Young Aria is a voracious reader. In this interview, she shares …

A Cage Without Bars

July 10th, 2019



Anne Dublin is a Toronto-based author and retired synagogue librarian. She is the Canadian Correspondent for The Book of Life Podcast, …

Craig Taubman Is Coming To Town

March 18th, 2019


Craig Taubman is coming to Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton! If you will be in South Florida, don't miss this show! Call 561-241-8118 for tickets or BUY TICKETS HERE.

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Fania's Heart

March 11th, 2019



The Book of Life’s Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin spoke to author Anne Renaud after she won the 2018 Canadian …

Meet Me at the Well

February 7th, 2019



Before I moved from Massachusetts back to Florida, I visited with Jane …

The 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Revealed!

January 23rd, 2019



Susan Kusel is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined …

Stand Up: Social Justice Storytime

December 16th, 2018


Hillary Saxton is a children's librarian at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library, and the creator of the event series "Stand Up! Storytime …

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

December 1st, 2018


Remember All-of-a-Kind Family? It's the classic chapter book by Sydney Taylor, of five sisters living on the Lower East Side in the early 20th …

The Missing Voices of Moe and Mo

November 6th, 2018


Jane Breskin Zalben is an artist/illustrator and the author of over 50 books for children. Her recent picture book, A Moon for Moe and Mo, was featured in the Missing Voice picture book discussion group on Facebook in …

Light the Menorah!

October 14th, 2018


At the 2018 Association of Jewish Libraries conference, I bumped into author Jacqueline Jules. She's been on the podcast before in 2014 to talk …

The Girl with the Red Balloon

October 14th, 2018


The Girl with the Red Balloon is a magical time travel, historical fiction, kind-of-sort-of Holocaust book that won a Sydney Taylor Honor in the …

Barbara Bietz and The Sundown Kid

October 1st, 2018


Before I moved back to Florida from Massachusetts, my friend Barbara Bietz, author of The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat, came to Amherst, MA …

American Golem

August 12th, 2018


American Golem by Marc Lumer is a very funny picture book about a mud monster making a new life for itself in New York City. Vicki Weber of Apples …

Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books

August 12th, 2018


In June 2018, Book of Life Host Heidi Rabinowitz participated on a panel with author Leslea Newman and Horn Book editors Elissa Gershowitz and Shoshana Flax, at the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference in …

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 8th, 2018


Susan Kusel is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us by Skype from her home in Falls Church, VA. to talk about the 2018 winners of the award. 

Here's …

Teaser: The 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 4th, 2018


The winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for the best in Jewish children's and teen literature will be announced on January 10, 2018. Chair Susan Kusel gave The Book of Life an exclusive interview that will be …

Grand Finale

December 14th, 2017


As The Book of Life goes on hiatus, we wrap up twelve years of programming with a Grand Finale. We hear from listeners and guests about their favorite interviews, and play clips from those episodes.

The Many Faces of the Pirkei Avot

December 3rd, 2017


Group interview with Jessica Deutsch, creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, and with Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen, co-authors of Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, the Voices …

Tasa's Song

November 15th, 2017


An interview with Linda Kass, author of Tasa's Song, plus the music inspired by the book, composed by Charles Weatherbee and performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

The Yiddish Book Center

October 26th, 2017


Interviews with Lisa Newman, Communications Director, and Christa Whitney, director of the Wexler Oral History Project, both at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

My Jewish Year

September 3rd, 2017


An interview with Abigail Pogrebin about her book chronicling her exploration of all 18 Jewish holidays in one year.

The Language of Angels

August 14th, 2017


An interview with author Rich Michelson about The Language of Angels: a Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew.

Back to School with Behrman House

August 14th, 2017


Vicki Weber of Behrman House tells us all about the past, present, and future of the 96 year old publisher of Jewish educational materials, just in …

The Last Shepherd

July 31st, 2017


The Last Shepherd (Evil Sun Productions) is a Hebrew-language indie comedy adventure scifi fantasy film with elements of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah. Several of the film's creators Skyped with The Book of Life.

Shalom, Salaam

June 7th, 2017


Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams is the picture book we all need right now. It depicts a loving friendship between two women, one Jewish, one Muslim.

The Six-Day Hero

June 5th, 2017


Author Tammar Stein tells us about her middle grade novel, The Six-Day Hero, about the Six-Day War in Israel, 1967.

PJ Our Way

May 26th, 2017


PJ Our Way is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that offers free chapter books to Jewish families with middle grade readers. I spoke to …

Almost a Minyan

May 16th, 2017


A joint interview with author Lori S. Kline and publisher Debra L. Winegarten about the picture book Almost a Minyan, a traditional yet groundbreaking coming-of-age story.

Mamaleh Knows Best

April 30th, 2017


An interview with Marjorie Ingall about her parenting guide Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, …

Kasper Mutzenmacher's Cursed Hat

April 25th, 2017


An interview with author Keith Fentonmiller about his weird and wonderful Jewish novel Kasper Mutzenmacher's Cursed Hat. Remember to donate to …

Serendipity's Footsteps

April 18th, 2017


An interview with Suzanne Nelson about her shoe-related Jewish award winning YA novel. Donate to to get an autographed copy!

The (Unofficial) Harry Potter Haggadah

April 3rd, 2017


Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg tells us about his creation of a Harry Potter themed Haggadah for Passover.

Call Me

March 20th, 2017


An invitation to join the How Is This Night Different? call-in project and an interview with Call Me Ishmael co-founder Steph Kent, one of the project sponsors. Check for details.

Mark Your Calendar

March 12th, 2017


Info on projects in which you might want to participate! Read4Refugees fundraiser through 3/31/17, Call Me Ishmael 3/27-4/4/17, apply for the TENT Jewish kidlit retreat by 4/24/17. Listen to the show for details.

Honey and Me

February 28th, 2017


An interview with Meira Drazin, author of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award winner, Honey and Me. Also, call in to leave your story for "How Is This Book Different?" - details at

Unorthodox, Live

February 17th, 2017


An interview with the hosts of the Unorthodox podcast from Tablet Magazine, after their live show in West Palm Beach. Plus, an invitation to share your favorite story with Call Me Ishmael.

Another Me

February 3rd, 2017


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews author Eva Wiseman about her historical/paranormal romance, Another Me.

Everybody Says Shalom

January 27th, 2017


A talk given by Leslie Kimmelman, author of the picture book Everybody Says Shalom, at the 2016 AJL conference.

The Inquisitor's Tale

January 18th, 2017


An interview with Adam Gidwitz, Sydney Taylor Book Award winning author of The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.

The 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 13th, 2017


An interview with Ellen Tillman, chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which chooses the best Jewish books for children and teens each year.

Adam & Thomas

January 8th, 2017


Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld won the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award. We hear about meeting Aharon, and translator Jeffrey Green speaks about the book.

The Sunset Gang

December 19th, 2016


Author Warren Adler talks about his short story collection, The Sunset Gang. www.bookoflifepodc

Dreidels on the Brain

December 5th, 2016


An interview with storyteller Joel Ben Izzy, author of Dreidels on the Brain.

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

November 21st, 2016


An interview with Leslea Newman, author of award-winning picture book Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, and the poetry book I Carry My Mother. bookoflifepodcast. com

I Dissent

November 9th, 2016


An interview with Debbie Levy, author of the picture book biography I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.

Once in a Lifetime

October 31st, 2016


Interview with Ahmed Drame, star and co-writer of the French film Once in a Lifetime (Les Heritiers).


October 21st, 2016


An interview with Rich Michelson, biographer and friend of Jewish actor Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy.

The Golem

October 5th, 2016


An interview with Eddie Estrin about his spoken word album, The Golem.

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

September 22nd, 2016


A critique of the picture book Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe, with Rachel Kamin and Kathy Bloomfield.

The Hired Girl

August 31st, 2016


Laura Amy Schlitz, award winning author of The Hired Girl, speaking at the Association of Jewish Libraries conference where she accepted the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Biblical Wives

July 27th, 2016


An interview with TK Thorne, author of Biblical novels Noah's Wife and Angels at the Gate.

Vox Tablet and Other Podcasts

July 1st, 2016


A conversation with Sara Ivry, host of the Jewish podcast Vox Tablet from Tablet Magazine. Be sure to check the show notes for links to all the podcasts discussed.

The Safest Lie

May 31st, 2016


An interview with Angela Cerrito, author of The Safest Lie, a Holocaust novel inspired by the work of Irena Sendler.

Viva Rose!

May 6th, 2016


An interview with Susan Krawitz, author of Viva Rose!

More Than Enough

April 7th, 2016


Interview with April Halprin Wayland about her Passover picture book, More Than Enough.

The Yiddish Fish

March 3rd, 2016


Interview with Santiago Cohen about his quirky picture book, The Yiddish Fish.

Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel

January 27th, 2016


An interview with author Laura Gehl about her picture book, Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel.

My Grandfather's Coat

January 4th, 2016


A group interview with the author, illustrator, and editor of the picture book, My Grandfather's Coat, with a bonus track!

Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children

December 1st, 2015


A virtual panel discussion about the abundance of Holocaust titles for kids, and alternative reading suggestions.

Pick a Card, Any Card

November 16th, 2015


How to join the 2015 #Readukkah Jewish Reading Challenge, and an interview with Rabbi Goldie Milgrim about Mitzvah Cards and more. …

Last of the Red Hot Mamas

November 4th, 2015


An interview with Sue and Lloyd Ecker about their documentary and books on "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker."


October 1st, 2015


An interview with Maggie Anton about the second book in her Rav Hisda's Daughter series, Enchantress.

Do the Menschy Thing

September 4th, 2015


An interview with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain about The Science of Character, The Adaptable Mind, and The Making of a Mensch.

Here is the World of Leslea Newman

August 3rd, 2015


An interview with poet/author Leslea Newman about her round-the-year Jewish holiday picture book, Here is the World, and her other Jewish and LGBT …

Welcome to Kutsher's

June 8th, 2015


An interview with filmmaker Ian Rosenberg about his Catskills resort documentary, Welcome to Kutsher's.

Playing with Matches

May 12th, 2015


An interview with author Suri Rosen about her hip and funny Orthodox Jewish novel for teens, Playing with Matches.

Carol Matas

April 16th, 2015


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews author Carol Matas.

Visible City

March 11th, 2015


An interview with Tova Mirvis, author of Visible City.

The Pat Boone Fan Club

February 22nd, 2015


An interview from Book Expo 2014 with Sue William Silverman about her memoir, the Pat Boone Fan Club, My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew. Since I've got a big backlog of episodes waiting to be published, I decided to …

Good ole Lerner/Kar-Ben!

February 22nd, 2015


Interviews with Lerner Publishing, and Kar-Ben Publishing (a division of Lerner) about their new Jewish books, at Book Expo 2014.Since I've got a big backlog of episodes waiting to be published, I decided to publish the …

Eva Wiseman

February 22nd, 2015


An interview from Book Expo 2014 with Eva Wiseman, author of The World Outside. Since I've got a big backlog of episodes waiting to be published, I decided to publish the remaining four Book Expo episodes in one go; …

Presses with Alliterative Names

February 22nd, 2015


Interviews from Book Expo America 2014 with Holiday House and Second Story Press, two mainstream presses that strongly support jewish publishing. …

Diversity in Jewish Kidlit

January 27th, 2015


Sylvia Rouss, Mira Reisberg, Joni Sussman and Ann Stampler spoke at the 2014 Association of Jewish Libraries conference on a panel responding to the Pew study "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" - and it all boils down to …

The Longest Night

January 5th, 2015


An interview with Laurel Snyder and Catia Chen, author and illustrator of The Longest Night, an award-winning picture book that retells the story of the Exodus from a child's point of view.


December 3rd, 2014


An interview with Donna Jo Napoli about her novel STORM, which takes place on Noah's Ark.

The Nazi Hunters

November 11th, 2014


An interview with author Neal Bascomb about The Nazi Hunters, which won the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Seminar Stories

November 4th, 2014


Interviews with authors Helaine Becker and Yael Zoldan, from the Seminar on Jewish Story 2014.

BEA14 Variety

October 1st, 2014


Interviews about new Jewish titles with Charlesbridge, Image Comics, and Dundurn at Book Expo 2014.

Never Say a Mean Word Again

September 4th, 2014


Interview from Book Expo 2014 with Jacqueline Jules and Durga Yael Bernhardt, author and illustrator of the picture book Never Say a Mean Word Again. …

Jo Joe

July 21st, 2014


An interview with author Sally Wiener Grotta about her novel Jo Joe.

Queen of the Jews

June 3rd, 2014


An interview with Judy Petsonk about her historical novel, Queen of the Jews, based on the life of Queen Salome Alexandra.

Jews in Texas

May 6th, 2014


Author Debra Winegarten and oral historian Josh Parshall talk about the Jewish experience of living in Texas.

The Legacy of Jewish Swimmers

April 3rd, 2014


Karen Propp discusses her work in progress, a story of Jewish female swimming champs in Europe during WWII. The unpublished work won the 2013 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

The Seminar on Jewish Story

March 17th, 2014


An interview with conference organizer Barbara Krasner about the Seminar on Jewish Story taking place May 18, 2014 in NYC.

The Jewish Comix Anthology

February 25th, 2014


An interview with Jewish Comix Anthology editor Steven Bergson.

Inspiration Then and Now: Raoul Wallenberg

February 11th, 2014


An interview with Louise Borden, author of His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Hannah's Way

January 10th, 2014


An interview with author Linda Glaser and illustrator Adam Gustavson, creators of picture book Hannah's Way which won the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Canadian Interlude

December 6th, 2013


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent, Anne Dublin, interviews author Sharon McKay, winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award.

Laurel Snyder Redux

November 6th, 2013


A conversation with Laurel Snyder, author and outside-the-box thinker in the world of Jewish kidlit.

Rav Hisda's Daughter

October 2nd, 2013


An interview with Maggie Anton, author of Rav Hisda's Daughter.


September 9th, 2013


Interview with Deborah Heiligman, author of the teen novel INTENTIONS, which won the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Whitman's Jewish Picture Books

August 2nd, 2013


The Albert Whitman Company comes out with a Jewish picture book or two almost every year. Here's a show-floor interview with Marketing Director Michelle Bayuk from ALA 2012 about two of their recent Jewish-interest …

Zayde Comes to Live

July 8th, 2013


An interview with Sheri Sinykin, author of Zayde Comes to Live.

The Schmutzy Family

June 2nd, 2013


Introducing the hilarious Shabbat picture book, The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg!

Eugene Yelchin

May 10th, 2013


Interview with Eugene Yelchin, author/illustrator of Breaking Stalin's Nose, a Newbery Honor book.

The Sophie Brody Award

April 4th, 2013


Interview with Emily Bergman, member of the Sophie Brody Award committee. The award is presented for Jewish literature by RUSA, an arm of ALA.

Hava Nagila: The Movie

March 7th, 2013


Filmmaker Roberta Grossman offered a work-in-progress screening of her documentary on Hava Nagila at the Association of Jewish Libraries 2012 conference. Here we have her introductory remarks and the Q&A that …

We Are Their Voice

February 19th, 2013


The Book of Life's Canadian correspondent, Anne Dublin, interviews author Kathy Kacer about the compilation of children's responses to the Holocaust …

Announcing the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 24th, 2013


A chat with Aimee Lurie, chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, about the 2013 winners, the best Jewish children's and teen books of the year.

McFarland: Goyish Name, Jewish Books

January 14th, 2013


McFarland Publishing offers a wide selection of Jewish titles. A show-floor interview from ALA.

Rubin & Sharenow: 2012 Sydney Taylor Winners

December 2nd, 2012


A joint interview with Susan Goldman Rubin (Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein) and Rob Sharenow (The Berlin Boxing Club), winners of the 2012 …

A Song for My Sister

October 3rd, 2012


The Book of Life's Canadian correspondant, Anne Dublin, speaks live with author Lesley Simpson before the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto.

Looking For Me in this Great Big Family

September 13th, 2012


Interview with Betsy Rosenthal, author of Looking For Me in this Great Big Family.

Reuven Firestone: Jews and Muslims

July 11th, 2012


A live interview with Dr. Reuven Firestone, recorded at the 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries conference. Please see show notes at for links to more information about this guest and his work.

Marc Tyler Nobleman: Biographer of Underdogs

May 9th, 2012


An interview with Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, and other untold stories about underdog heroes. …

Room Enough for Daisy

March 6th, 2012


Co-authors Debby Waldman and Rita Feutl interview each other about their picture book, Room Enough for Daisy.

David Bezmozgis and The Free World

December 3rd, 2011


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis about his development as a writer and his new novel The Free World. After this December 2011 episode, The Book of …


November 1st, 2011


An interview with Ruchel Louis, author of Pulani: A Memoir of Growing Up in Apartheid South Africa.

Write Your Own Megillah

October 3rd, 2011


An interview with blogger Barbara Krasner, who is sponsoring the "Write Your Own Megillah "project to encourage Jewish children's writers a la NaNoWriMo, during Jewish Book Month.

Life, After

September 7th, 2011


An interview with Sarah Darer Littman about her teen novel Life, After, which was a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for teens. Sarah was a guest on the …

Wherever You Go

August 4th, 2011


An interview with Joan Leegant, author of Wherever You Go.

Noah's Swim-a-thon

July 6th, 2011


Author Ann Koffsky talks about her newest picture book, Noah's Swim-a-thon, about lifeguarding at camp, and about the nutty things adults say to get …

Double Dip: Rona Arato

June 11th, 2011


A double dip of interviews with Rona Arato, author of Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall & Matzo Ball Emporium, one by Heidi Estrin at Book Expo, and one …

Tropical Secrets

May 2nd, 2011


Interview with Margarita Engle, winner of the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teens for TROPICAL SECRETS: HOLOCAUST REFUGEES IN CUBA.

Yuvi's Candy Tree

April 13th, 2011


Author Lesley Simpson interviews herself(!) about her picture book Yuvi's Candy Tree, a picture book on Ethiopian Jews fleeing to Israel.

The Rooster Prince of Breslov

April 3rd, 2011


An interview with Ann Redisch Stampler, author of the Jewish folktale picture book The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Ann was a guest on the podcast in …

Defying Gravity

March 1st, 2011


An interview with Carol de Giere, author of Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked.

The Year of Goodbyes

February 1st, 2011


An interview with Debbie Levy and her mother Jutta about The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells, based on Jutta's poesiealbum from the 1940s.


January 10th, 2011


An interview with Barry Deutsch, author of the graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (Yet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year-Old Orthodox …

Shalom Sesame

December 1st, 2010


An interview with Veronica Wulff, Director of Global Production at Sesame Workshop, about the newly revamped Shalom Sesame.

The Canadian Jewish Book Awards

November 3rd, 2010


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin interviews winners of the 2010 Canadian Jewish Book Awards at the awards ceremony in Toronto.

Book Expo 2010: Jewish Presses

October 2nd, 2010


Forthcoming books of from Judaic publishers discovered at Book Expo America 2010 in NYC!

Book Expo 2010: Kidlit

September 2nd, 2010


Recent and forthcoming children's and teen books of Jewish interest discovered at Book Expo America 2010 in NYC!

Book Expo 2010: Adults

August 4th, 2010


Forthcoming adult books of Jewish interest discovered at Book Expo America 2010 in NYC!

Kathy Kacer

June 29th, 2010


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondant, Anne Dublin, interviews author Kathy Kacer. Kathy has written many Holocaust novels for young people, …

When the Hurricane Came to New Orleans

June 1st, 2010


When the Hurricane Came to New Orleans is a book you can't read yet, but worth waiting for. It's the winner of the 2009 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. In this podcast we hear from the Manuscript Award Committee Chair, …

Live from Israel, It's Anna Levine!

May 4th, 2010


Author Anna Levine discusses her YA novel Freefall and her picture book Jodie's Hanukkah Dig, both set in Israel.

So Punk Rock

April 6th, 2010


Interview with Micol Ostow, author of So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)

Scribblers on the Roof

March 2nd, 2010


Scribblers on the Roof is an online forum for Jewish fiction and poetry at In this interview with founder Kelly Hartog, we get a virtual tour of the website.

Save the Deli!

February 8th, 2010


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent, Anne Dublin, attends the launch party for Save the Deli! by David Sax at Caplansky's Deli in Toronto.

The Big Reveal: 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 13th, 2010


Awards Chair Kathe Pinchuck discusses the winners of the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Jewish children's and teen literature.

Jewish Kidlit at 92Y

January 5th, 2010


This is your chance to virtually attend the Jewish Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference at the 92nd St Y in NYC! Hear from organizer Barbara Krasner, editor Dianne Hess, and attending authors Bryna …

Planet Esme!

December 11th, 2009


An impromptu discussion among Heidi Estrin, Mark Blevis, Richard Michelson and Esme Raji Codell during a party at the Planet Esme Reading Room.

Podcasters Across Borders: Alexa Clark

December 2nd, 2009


Alexa Clark was one of the many interesting people I met at Podcasters Across Borders 2009 who had book-related projects to share. I spoke with her about Mini Book Expo and Book Camp Toronto.

Podcasters Across Borders: Hugh McGuire

December 1st, 2009


Hugh McGuire is one of the interesting people I met at Podcasters Across Borders 2009. We spoke about his reading-related projects, LibriVox and Book Oven.

Jewish Book Month's Hot Authors

November 16th, 2009


A chat with Lisa Silverman of the Jewish Book Council about the authors going on tour this fall for Jewish Book Month.

Pick Up the Phone

November 14th, 2009


The Book of Life now has voicemail, courtesy of Google Voice. We're waiting to hear from you, at 561-206-2473.


November 5th, 2009


Author Simone Elkeles and kidlit expert June Cummins discuss trends in Jewish YA chick lit.

Podcasters Across Borders: Connie Crosby

October 20th, 2009


Connie Crosby was one of the very interesting people I met at Podcasters Across Borders. We talked about the session she gave on The Shanachies.

Running for My Life

October 5th, 2009


Ann Gonzales, author of Running For My Life, talks about her mother's mental illness, her own PTSD, and her writing. Ann put in the winning bid for a Book of Life interview in the Bridget Zinn auction. …

Jacqueline Dembar Greene, In Full

September 21st, 2009


When I first attempted to post this interview, the audio got cut off halfway through. Here, with my apologies, is the full episode. Jacqueline Dembar …

Jacqueline Dembar Greene

September 18th, 2009


An interview with Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the American Girl series on Rebecca Rubin, and the picture book The Secret Shofar of Barcelona.

ForWords Is Back!

September 9th, 2009


ForWords, Kathy Bloomfield's beloved Jewish book fair company, relaunches in a new format on 09/09/09! We've missed Kathy! Here she is to tell us about the new ForWords.

New Year at the Pier, Take Two

September 4th, 2009


When I uploaded my interview with April Halprin Wayland, author of New Year at the Pier, I didn't realize that the end of the interview had been cut …

New Year at the Pier

September 1st, 2009


Author April Halperin Wayland talks about her Rosh Hashanah picture book, New Year at the Pier.

Why Be Social? Part 4, Create-Consume-Contribute

August 19th, 2009


Why be social? To add a Jewish point of view to the social media landscape! Blogger and podcaster Mark Blevis joins Heidi to talk about what it means to participate in life online.

Why Be Social? Part 3, Suggestions

August 19th, 2009


Why Be Social? To add a Jewish point of view to the social media landscape! Alx Block of the Jewish Publication Society weighs in with a list of Jewish-content blogs and podcasts.

Why Be Social? Part 2, Definitions

August 19th, 2009


Why be social? To add a Jewish point of view to the social media landscape! Attendees at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention come up with their own definitions of "blog" and "podcast."

Why Be Social? Part 1, Philosophy

August 19th, 2009


Why Be Social? To add a Jewish point of view to the social media landscape! Part 1 in the Why Be Social series considers the philosophical aspects of …

Book Expo: Jewish Books for Kids

August 5th, 2009


Interviews with publishers and authors, from the show floor at Book Expo America 2009. This episode highlights Jewish books for kids and teens.

Book Expo: Jewish Authors Etc.

July 27th, 2009


More interviews from Book Expo America 2009, this time with authors who've written Jewish books for adults. Plus, we find the Jewish angle on the …

Book Expo: Jewish Titles for Adults

July 13th, 2009


Interviews from the show floor at Book Expo America 2009. We ask publishers to tell us about their new Jewish interest books for adults. …

Mark Blevis, Kidlit Podcaster

June 26th, 2009


Mark Blevis, podcasting guru and kidlit fan, took a moment from running the Podcasters Across Borders conference to talk about his upcoming gig at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention, and about his podcast, …

Book Expo: Jewish Publishers

June 22nd, 2009


Interviews from the show floor at Book Expo America 2009. In the spotlight: Jewish presses.

The Red Leather Diary, Part 1

June 2nd, 2009


The Book of Life recorded Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary, as she gave this talk at Aston Gardens Senior Living Center in Parkland, Florida in spring, 2009.

Mitzvah Time: The Bridget Zinn Auction

May 7th, 2009


The Bridget Zinn Auction is a fundraiser for a fellow kidlit librarian/author who has cancer. The Book of Life has donated an audio interview to the auction. Please bid on all items at …

Sing, Little Birdie

May 3rd, 2009


The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent, Anne Dublin, interviews Montreal musician Orit Shimoni of Little Birdie.

Moses Is Departing Egypt, A Facebook Haggadah

April 8th, 2009


The Facebook Haggadah swept the Internet in spring 2009. In this episode of The Book of Life we interview its creator, Carl Elkin, about the haggadah and about his other Facebook projects.

Truth or Dare

April 1st, 2009


The Book of Life podcast interviews Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied, winner of the National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category.

A Civil War Passover

March 18th, 2009


Yankee at the Seder is a picture book is about a Yankee Jewish soldier who spends Passover with a Confederate Jewish family. It is historian Elka …

Memories of Aranka Siegal

March 3rd, 2009


Holocaust survivor and memoirist Aranka Siegal shares some of the memories on which her award-winning books are based. The Book of Life March 2009

Sonia Levitin's Return

February 18th, 2009


Sonia Levitin, author of over 40 books for children and teens, has turned her award-winning 1987 novel The Return into a a musical stage play. RETURN chronicles an Ethiopian Jewish girl's walk to freedom in Israel via …

Black History Month, Jewish Style

February 1st, 2009


We celebrate Black History Month, Jewish style, with the book As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr & Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom, and the CD Sing for Joy, music of the Abayudaya of …

The 2009 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

January 26th, 2009


A behind-the-scenes look at the Sydney Taylor Book Awards with awards committee chair Kathe Pinchuck.

Marc Aronson's Unsettled

January 5th, 2009


Unsettled: The Problem of Loving Israel is Marc Aronson's rather unsettling new nonfiction book for teens. We spoke to him about the challenges of writing and reading nonfiction and about this book at the SLJ Leadership …

Spin the Dreidel

December 1st, 2008


The Book of Life celebrates Chanukah with Sylvia Rouss, author of the Sammy Spider series; Eric Kimmel, who now has audiobooks available on his website; Josh Nelson, a performer in the Lights TV special; and Rabbi Ilene …


November 2nd, 2008


Are you a member of the tribe? Which tribe? What is a tribe, anyway? We take a look at the Klezmer Company Orchestra's CD "Beyond the Tribes," the documentary film "The Tribe," and a book by photographer Rafael …

Blog Action Day: Poverty

October 15th, 2008


The Book of Life's Blog Action Day episode features Blog Action co-founder Cyan Ta'eed, and authors Aubrey Davis (Bagels from Benny) and Eric Kimmel (The Mysterious Guests), discussing themes of poverty and generosity. …

O Canada

October 2nd, 2008


Meet The Book of Life's new Canadian Correspondent, author & librarian Anne Dublin! Anne introduces us to her Toronto writers' group as they discuss the Jewish elements of their work. Check out Anne's website at …

Laughing with God

September 2nd, 2008


The Book of Life's 2008 High Holidays Special! We speak to Jacqueline Jules, author of the picture book Sarah Laughs, and to Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, …

2 Jews, 3 Opinions

August 8th, 2008


In this episode of The Book of Life, we talk to 2 Jews and get way more than 3 opinions. These two conversations are the last of the material …

Book Expo, Part 4: The Holocaust

July 22nd, 2008


In Part 4 of The Book of Life's series from the Book Expo America conference, we hear about new and forthcoming titles on the Holocaust for adults …

Book Expo, Part 3

July 7th, 2008


The Book of Life's coverage of Jewish books at the 2008 Book Expo America conference in Los Angeles. In this third segment of the series, we look at …

Book Expo, Part 2: Jewish Kids/Teen Books

June 17th, 2008


Interviews recorded at Book Expo America 2008, covering Jewish books for older kids and teens.

Brand Spanking New, Part 1: Jewish Picture Books

June 6th, 2008


What's new in Jewish picture books? Follow Book of Life host Heidi Estrin around the 2008 Book Expo America conference to listen in on publishers …

See You at Book Expo!

May 20th, 2008


Book of Life host Heidi Estrin will be attending Book Expo America 2008 in Los Angeles, to record material for the podcast and to promote the Sydney Taylor Book Award. If YOU will be at Book Expo, drop her a line at

Israel @ 60

May 1st, 2008


The Book of Life celebrates Israel's 60th birthday with a musical extravaganza! 1) Composer Yuval Ron talks about the music he created for the Oscar-winning short film West Bank Story. 2) Fran Manushkin discusses her …

Passover Internationale

April 2nd, 2008


The Book of Life takes you on a virtual trip around the world for Passover! 1) Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks discusses People of the …

The One with the Mezuzahs

March 2nd, 2008


The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read! In this episode we hear from Amy Meltzer, author of Mezuzah on the Door, and from Sarah Gershman & Kristina Swarner, author & illustrator of …

Funny, That Book Doesn't Look Jewish

February 11th, 2008


The Book of Life hosted a live, call-in show on February 7, 2008 with special guest Pamela Ehrenberg, author of Ethan, Suspended. Our discussion topic was "what makes a book Jewish?" This recording of the call-in show …

Bells & Whistles: How to Call In, Live

January 18th, 2008


In this special "Bells & Whistles" edition of The Book of Life, host Heidi Estrin gives instructions for accessing the live Book of Life call-in show being held on Thursday, February 7, 2008, 3-4pm EST. These same …

Empowerment for the New Year

January 8th, 2008


The Book of Life, a show about Jewish books, music, film and web! This January 2008 episode offers themes of empowerment with these interviews: 1) Raz Godelnik, founder of Eco-Libris, where you can plant a book for each …

Meet Markus!

December 12th, 2007


Markus Zusak speaks! A live, unedited presentation recorded at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida with the author of The Book Thief. This extra December 2007 episode of The Book of Life podcast is a Hanukkah …

Hooray for Hanukkah!

December 2nd, 2007


Happy Hanukkah, and Happy 2nd anniversary to The Book of Life! On this episode, we meet: 1) Illustrator Ann Koffsky to learn about her snowflake Jerusalem of Peace, created for Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure; 2) Author …

Thanksgiving Shout-Out Special

November 14th, 2007


The Book of Life's Thanksgiving Shout-Out Special is a bonus episode for November 2007! Includes interviews with musician Todd Herzog and illustrator Maryann Kovalski, as well as shout-outs to many listeners who have …

Old Radio and New Media

November 4th, 2007


The Book of Life is a monthly podcast about Jewish books, music, film and web at In this episode we celebrate traditional …

Catch Me a Classic!

October 2nd, 2007


The Book of Life: a show about Jewish people and the books we read! This episode celebrates classic Jewish children's books. The All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor represent with an interview with Sydney's …

Seeing Through New Eyes

September 4th, 2007


The Book of Life sees the world through new eyes in this Jewish New Year season. We speak to Mordicai Gerstein, award-winning author of The White Ram, a picture book midrash about the sacrifice of Isaac. We hear from …


August 1st, 2007


The Book of Life celebrates klezmer music! We visit the Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University and hear some of their historic klezmer samples. We talk to Joan Betty Stuchner, author of The Kugel Valley …

Magic & Mystery

July 2nd, 2007


The Book of Life explores magic and mystery with: Cantor Amy Miller, an expert on the Jewish view of Harry Potter...Jason Lutes, author of the graphic novel Houdini the Handcuff King...Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras …

Summer Coolness

June 6th, 2007


The Book of Life cools off with summer reading. We learn about the ReaderGirlz web site, and their promotion of a Jewish title: Goy Crazy by Melissa …

The Book of Life Plays Ball

May 7th, 2007


The Book of Life celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month (May) with a focus on baseball! We hear from Carol Matas, author of the middle-grade …

The Book of Life and the Power of Books

April 12th, 2007


The Book of Life is a monthly podcast about Jewish people and the books we read. In this episode we explore the power of books to sustain the Jewish people. We hear from Jonathan Kirsch, author of God Against the Gods …

Why is this Podcast Different from All Other Podcasts?

March 13th, 2007


The Book of Life celebrates Passover! This episode features interviews with author Dave Horowitz (Five Little Gefiltes), author Tami Lehman-Wilzig (Passover Around the World), Sean Altman of the band Jewmongous, and …

The Book of Life's Purim Celebration

February 15th, 2007


Celebrate Purim with The Book of Life! Interviews with the creators of the picture book Queen Esther Saves Her People, and the adult comedy book …

The Book of Life: The Best New Books and Music

January 11th, 2007


The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, kicks off the new year with new books and new music. We learn about the newly announced winners of the 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Jewish …

A Joyous Hanukkah with The Book of Life

December 3rd, 2006


The Book of Life, a podcast about Jewish people and the books we read, celebrates Hanukkah! We interview Stephen Krensky and Greg Harlin, author & illustrator of Hanukkah at Valley Forge. We talk to Nora Guthrie, …

A Book of Life Addendum

November 19th, 2006


This brief "addendum" to The Book of Life podcast offers timely information about a new book list of Hanukkah stories for children.

The Book of Life Celebrates Jewish Book Month

October 31st, 2006


The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, celebrates Jewish Book Month! We speak to Howard Schwartz, author of Before You …

The Book of Life: Past, Present and Future

October 3rd, 2006


The Book of Life explores Jewish continuity with Alice Hoffman's historical novel Incantation, Abigail Pogrebin's Stars of David, in which she speaks to famous contemporary Jews, the a capella music of LISTEN UP!, and a …

The Book of Life Starts a New Chapter

September 5th, 2006


The Book of Life celebrates new beginnings. We talk to Rahel Musleah, author of Apples and Pomegranates, a Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah. We interview Ken Gordon, editor of, a web site where The Book of Life …

The Book of Life Tells Stories

August 1st, 2006


The Book of Life, a Show about Jewish People and the Books We Read. This month we celebrate the power of storytelling. We talk with …

The Book of Life in America, July 2006

July 5th, 2006


The Book of Life podcast celebrates Jewish life in America! We interview Linda Glaser and Phil Myzel, author and subject of the novel Bridge to America. We hear a review of the CD American Jewish Summer. We speak to …

The Book of Life on Summer Reading, June 2006

June 5th, 2006


This episode of The Book of Life podcast takes you on an armchair summer trip to meet author Holly-Jane Rahlens in Germany, author Pnina Moed Kass in …

The Book of Life Gets Caught Reading

May 1st, 2006


For our May 2006 episode of The Book of Life, we celebrate Get Caught Reading Month, a campaign of the Association of American Publishers.

The Book of Life on Passover, April 2006

April 2nd, 2006


This episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, features many books and CD's that would make great Afikomen …

The Book of Life on Heroes, February 2006

March 2nd, 2006


The Book of Life, a Show About Jewish People and the Books We Read: episode 3 focuses on Jewish heroes of the Olympics, the civil rights movement, the art world, and even on Jewish superheroes.

January 2006, The Book of Life on Book Awards

January 26th, 2006


Interviews with the winners of the 2006 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children's literature, and a conversation with Andy Rubin, founder of the Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

The Book of Life, December 2005

December 21st, 2005


This inaugural episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, features:

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