A girl power story of an archeologist in training who is always at the ready for the next great adventure. Never deterred by others, Dabi is the model of pluck and determination. She immerses herself in nature, digging up worms, and creating sculptures out of mud. Rich, tactile illustrations complement the punchy, action-packed story. Peppered throughout this terrific book are expanses of breathtaking and intriguing ancient dig sites. Highly recommended!
Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History, Cleveland State University
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.
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:
Teaching for Change carefully selects the best multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators. Recently, they added Alaina and the Great Play by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Colin Bootman. Alaina was added to their list of 2021 books.