Saturday, June 16, 2018

Come play Jewish geography! (And also talk about books.)

If you're near Copley Square tomorrow, come say hi at the BPL's main branch, where we'll be celebrating fifty years of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. There will be storytimes, a "What Makes a Jewish Book?" panel, and a raffle for an American Girl Rebecca doll. (And air conditioning, which seems likely to be relevant.) I'll be the one handing out "Which All-of-a-Kind-Family sibling are you?" quizzes.

And if you're attending the AJL conference, come say hi there, too! I'll be talking tikkun olam on the "Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books" panel on Monday at 2 p.m., and taking a Simmons-ish look at this years winners on the "Sydney Taylor Winners Through an Academic Lens" panel on Tuesday at 9 a.m. I'm excited to meet (or reconnect with!) my fellow committee members and hear their takes on the winners in their session, and to hear from the authors and illustrators themselves. See you there!