THE WOMEN WHO CAUGHT THE BABIES, by Eloise Greenfield has been chosen as one of the top ten titles for the 2021 Rise

THE WOMEN WHO CAUGHT THE BABIES by Eloise Greenfield has been chosen as one of the top ten titles for the 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18. Each year, Rise: A Feminist Book Project, which is part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, seeks to recommend well-written and well-illustrated books for children with significant feminist content that appeals to and is appropriate for some subset within the birth to age 18 age range. Here is a complete list of the Rise 2021 books.

Young Readers Will Follow Dabi as She Joins Her Aunt on the Ultimate Field Trip

Janice Hechter is the author/illustrator of ADVENTURE GIRL – DABI DIGS IN ISRAEL (Alazar Press). Young readers will follow Dabi as she joins her aunt on the ultimate field trip – an archeological dig in Israel. ADVENTURE GIRL will surely spark interest in experiences that are unique to Israel. Did you know there are archeological sites that kids can explore? I was curious to learn more, too! I was fortunate to meet Janice at the TENT Program at the Yiddish Book Center and I am delighted to celebrate her new book.

– Barbara Bietz is an award-winning author, educator, and Assistant Regional Advisor to SCBWI Central California. Raised in Southern California, Barbara attended the University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Education. She formerly served as the chair for the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which honors exceptional works about the Jewish experience. Barbara runs the popular blog, Jewish Books for Kids where she interviews authors, illustrators, and other creatives involved in children’s literature. She is also a member of The Book Meshuggenahs. Barbara’s work has also been featured in numerous magazines and online publications. Barbara is represented by Rising Bear Literary Agency. Her interview with Janice can be found at:

I Love the Sweetness of the Connection Between Daughter and Mom

I love the sweetness of the connection between daughter and mom, Alaina’s spunky personality and the celebration of theater. Eloise Greenfield is a master storyteller. She and Colin worked their magic. His illustrations made me feel like I was part of Alaina’s world. Another Alazar Press treasure.

– Kelly Starling Lyons is a writer and children’s book author. She is also one of the founding members of the blog The Brown Bookshelf, which raises awareness of Black children’s book creators and features author and illustrator spotlights.

Lovely Book to Share with Children

Text and pictures capture the delight, energy, reflection and spontaneity of young Alaina. Lovely book to share with children.

– Geraldine Larson has been a Field Experience Coordinator for the UNC-School of Library & Information Science, a Librarian for Durham School of the Arts and a Librarian at Chewning Middle & Neal Middle Schools, Durham Public Schools. From 1980 to 2020, for forty years, she was a reviewer for School Library Journal.