New Book Announcement!

I can’t even describe how thrilled I am to finally shout about this book announcement from the rooftops! LOOKING FOR LIGHT: A SHABBAT STORY is a poem picture book, told from the perspective of “the Light,” which reminds us to take time each week to notice and find gratitude for the good that is all around us, even on the darkest days. I am so grateful to my editor, Joy Peskin, for challenging me to write a story about Shabbat, pushing me to discover the aspects of this Jewish tradition that I find most meaningful. And I have been following the gorgeous art of Gillian Eilidh O’Mara for years, hoping that one day she’d be able to illustrate one of my books. I’m so happy the stars have finally aligned.  This one is truly a dream come true.

A Super Special School Visit!

This week I had the extreme honor of sharing my books with Franklin Elementary School in Summit, NJ. What made this particular visit so special is that Franklin is the school that I walked my own kids back and forth to every day for NINE years! It was so wild and wonderful to be back!

With the fabulous 2nd and 3rd graders, I read BRAINSTORM! and led them through some of my favorite tips and tricks for brainstorming ideas and overcoming my own writer’s blocks. The kids had so much fun trying them!

With the equally fabulous (and also SO engaged!) 1st graders, I read WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, and we practiced many of the tools I use to overcome my own anxious feelings and worries.

It was an incredible day that I won’t ever forget. Thank you Franklin! 🙂

So many AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? readings!

This week has been a whirlwind of AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? book readings! Five events this week (with more to come!) As an introvert, I’ll admit that it is scary taking myself out into the world, but getting to see kids reactions to my stories makes it SO worth it.

An Amazing Day at the Poughkeepsie Book Festival!

On Sat, March 30th, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the day sharing my books and chatting with curious and kind young readers (and their parents!) at the Poughkeepsie Children’s Book Festival! Also was so wonderful to see fellow author friends whom I haven’t connected with in so long. Thank you to all the volunteer and staff — they did an incredible job hosting over 100 authors!

New Poem Published in Blast Off Magazine!

It’s always so much fun to see my poetry finding it’s way into magazines around the world! This nonfiction poem is from the March 2024 issue of Blast Off magazine, a publication of The School Magazine, in Australia! With beautiful art by Anna Bron. 🙂

School Library Journal gives AFIKOMAN a STARRED REVIEW! WhooHoo!

So… THIS happened! School Library Journal gave AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A PASSOVER HIDE-AND-SEEK ADVENTURE a **STARRED** review! (This is a big deal, folks!) 🤩 So excited because this will (hopefully!) help the book get into more libraries and schools (and into more kids’s hands!) YAY! Thanks for helping me celebrate! YAY!