Conference Proceeding: FAREWELL, KIBBUTZIM AND PIONEERS: BRINGING ISRAEL TO TODAY’S KIDS AND FAMILIES THROUGH CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Learning about Israel is not about the kibbutz anymore. How do we foster a love of Israel and a connection to the Jewish state through children's books in challenging political times? Join Kar-Ben Publisher Joni Sussman and the panelists as they discuss the current state of children's books about Israel. They'll discuss how topics and story-lines are selected, how they're different from past stories about Israel, what inspires the authors to write their stories, the research that goes into them, as well as the illustration process and marketing of the books. In a world where virtually every aspect of Israel is political - ask Joni how she handles maps of Israel in Kar-Ben books! - picture books are a wonderful non-political way to bring the joys and wonders of Israel to children and families, showing us all that American and Israeli Jews have in common as well as celebrating the ways we are different. Joni attended the Jerusalem International Book fair in February and will talk a bit about the Israeli children's book market as well.

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