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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Addressing Charlottesville with kids—New York Times recommends THE WHISPERING TOWN

Interior spread from THE WHISPERING TOWN

In a recent piece, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville,” New York Times children’s book editor Maria Russo featured Jennifer Elvgren’s The Whispering Town among “children’s books about people — including kids — who helped in the fight against Nazis and against racism here in the U.S.”

Based on a true story, The Whispering Town tells the story of a brave child named Anett in Nazi-occupied Denmark. Anett and her parents hide a Jewish boy, Carl, and his mother in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the water to safety in neutral Sweden.

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