Kar-Ben Publishing Receives Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Commendation BY ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES

By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist

The virtual American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter concludes with the Youth Media Awards, and Kar-Ben has received two commendations from the Sydney Taylor Book Awards! Awarded annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, a division of the ALA, these awards are given to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Miriam at the River, a picture book by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Khoa Le, has been named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, and middle-grade novel Beni’s War by Tammar Stein has been named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book! Kar-Ben Publishing®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, published both titles.

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Two Kar-Ben Publishing Titles Commended by Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music, a picture book written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, and A Scarf for Keiko, a picture book written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard, were named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Notable Book, respectively. Kar-Ben Publishing®, a division of Lerner Publishing Group™, published both titles.

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New Kar-Ben Publishing Titles for Fall 2019

by Jill Colella, Marketing and Website Manager, Kar-Ben Publishing

September always feels like a new beginning—the start of the school year, the launch of a new book season, and the start of the Jewish New Year. All three converge at Kar-Ben Publishing, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, proudly the largest publisher of exclusively Jewish-themed children’s books in the world!

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Happy Hanukkah from Kar-Ben!

Special thanks to digital intern McKenna Balzer for the following post!

This year December 24th marks the first day of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. Many will gather to celebrate this miraculous holiday with family and friends. Hanukkah is a very important holiday in the Jewish tradition; it is the 8 day “festival of lights” that commemorates the triumph of a group of Jewish Rebels known as the Maccabees against their oppressors, the Greek-Syrians. In the 2nd century B.C., the Greek-Syrians ruined the Jewish Temple by constructing an altar to Zeus and sacrificing pigs within the walls of the temple. In order to rededicate their temple, the Maccabees had to keep a menorah lit at all times, however, they only had enough pure olive oil remaining to keep the menorah lit for one day. Despite this, the miracle of Hanukkah was that this menorah burned for eight days.  

On each night of Hanukkah, a new candle on the nine-branched menorah is lit, one for each day. The ninth space on the menorah is for the candle that will light all of the other candles. Many families celebrate by gathering and exchanging gifts, reciting blessings and eating traditional foods.

During this year’s Hanukkah celebration, share with your family one of Kar-Ben’s many Hanukkah themed eBooks. With many stories about Hanukkah celebrations such as “Happy Hanukkah Lights” by Jacqueline Jules, “Rainbow Candles” by Myra Shostak, or “Hanukkah Delight” by  Lesléa Newman, Kar-Ben offers a wide variety of eBooks for all types of readers. With so many beautifully illustrated titles and stories sure to engage all ages, these eBooks are perfect to share with all members of the family during this year’s Hanukkah celebrations.        

Kar-Ben Publishing debuts iPad eReader App

Last week Kar-Ben Publishing launched it’s new online eBookstore. This week I want to take a moment to highlight some of the features of the accompanying Kar-Ben eRearder App for iPad. First off, the App is completely free. All you need to do is visit the Apple App Store and search for it by name, or click here to download and install the app. 

After the Kar-Ben eReader App is installed on your iPad, open it. You will be prompted to follow a few steps to associate your App with your Kar-Ben account. You will be asked to enter in the same username and password that you used for the Kar-Ben eBookstore. After that is done, the App will automatically know which books you have purchased, and they will be available for you to download and read on your iPad.

After your account is set up, you will be able to view the Kar-Ben eBook Shelf. The eBook Shelf contains all of the eBooks you’ve purchased on the Kar-Ben eBookstore. Clicking on the “Download” button will make the book available to read on your iPad. Please note that download times vary, and it can take several minutes for a book to be downloaded the first time. After you’ve downloaded it once, however, it will be instantly available until you remove it.

You can browse the books on the eBook Shelf in a number of ways. Subject filters include: Bible, Hanukkah, High Holidays, Holocaust, Isreal, Jewish Identity, Kar-Ben Biographies, and Kar-Ben Favorites.You may also filter the titles by age range, to make sure the book content is age-appropriate for the reader. Finally, you may sort the titles alphabetically. If you know what you’re looking for, type the title into the search bar at the top of the window and the book will appear.

Once a book has been downloaded, the “Read” button will appear in the place of the “Download” button. Click “Read” to view the eBook. The books may be viewed in single-page or landscape view, and will rotate to match the orientation of your iPad. You navigate the books using standard touch-screen motions such as swiping from right to left in order to view the next page, or “pinching” the screen to zoom. You may use the buttons at the top of the screen to adjust the brightness, search for keywords, bookmark pages, and navigate via the table of contents.

The Kar-Ben eReader App is a great way to access your favorite Kar-Ben eBooks from anywhere. Parents and Grandparents love it because it’s free and easy, and kids love it because it’s cool. Check it out!

The cover of All About Hanukah as viewed in the Kar-Ben eReader App