Conference Proceeding: The Book of Life Live Show: "Boys and Girls or Monkeys and Raccoons?"

Podcast live shows are all the rage these days! In this session, join host Heidi Rabinowitz as she creates a podcast episode for The Book of Life before your very eyes. Guest Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing and author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg will discuss how they decide on an "art profile" for picture books - i.e. whether to use humans or animals, the ethnic diversity of the characters, any special needs portrayed, etc. Audience participation will be encouraged.
Since 2005, The Book of Life has been interviewing creators of Jewish books, music, film and websites. The Book of Life is closely affiliated with AJL. Many interviews take place during the annual conference, and the podcast has a tradition of offering exclusive interviews with the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee chair to reveal the winning titles. In this session, attendees will learn a little history about the show and record a live interview that will ultimately become an episode online.

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