Conference Proceeding: WHAT MOTIVATES JEWISH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AUTHORS?

Jacqueline Jules, Debbie Levy, Erica Perl, and Madelyn Rosenberg have all written children’s books of Jewish interest and books for general audiences. In a panel discussion, these authors will discuss the following questions pertinent to librarians acquiring children’s books for their libraries. What factors help an author decide to include a Jewish character? Do authors sometimes choose to make a story less Jewish (or more so) for marketing reasons? Is it difficult to sell a story with Jewish content? Has the market for Jewish children’s books grown or shrunk in the last decade? Is self-publishing a good option for a Jewish author who can’t find a publisher? Should librarians consider self-published books for their collections? What can librarians do to help make sure there is a viable market for Jewish children’s books? Join us for a lively discussion about what motivates Jewish children’s authors to include or exclude Jewish content from their work.