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August Jewish Book Carnival

Ma'alot view
View from back balcony of home in Ma’alot, Israel

Honored to be hosting my first Jewish Book Carnival. The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts. I posted a May 2013 photo of my friend’s back balcony porch in Ma’alot, Israel – wouldn’t you like to cuddle up with a good book on her porch while enjoying this view?

On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus praises The Property, a graphic novel by Rutu Motan (trans. Jessica Cohen).

From Heidi Estrin: Visit this podcast interview with Michelle Bayuk, Marketing Director at Albert Whitman & Co, about two recent picture books of Jewish interest: The Wooden Sword by Ann Stampler, and Happy Birthday, Tree by Madelyn Rosenberg.

On Sketching Out, learn more about Israel’s leader Menahem Begin in a review of the biography Menahem Begin: A Life by Avi Shilon.

Susan Curtis talks about a book I greatly enjoyed: The Golem and the Jinni. Then she got a chance to interview the author Helene Wecker!

Forwordsbooks has been busy in the past few weeks! On her website, Kathy Bloomfield shares a list of books to help everyone in the family value the precious commodity of time. While over at, she shares her favorite children’s Shabbat titles for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Families with Young Children Initiative. And at Kathy welcomes the New Year with a list of books to help families learn about and engage in the upcoming holidays.

Sandor Schuman presents What is a Jewish Story.

Lorri reviews Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz.

Naomi Firestone-Teeter presents a list of books for the high holidays and an article by Daniel Torday on Jews and the novella.

Barbara Krasner from The Whole Megillah has an Interview with poet and memoirist Joy Ladin and another Interview with Behrman House editor Dena Neusner.

Barbara Bietz shares some book news from friends.

Ann Koffsky talks about storytime: Once upon a time, many, many Rosh Hashanahs ago

At Life Is Like a Library, Kathe Pinchuck blogs about reading Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots on her new e-reader, as well as some Jewish-reading-related visits to Hebrew University and the old Jerusalem Train Station.

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Thanks to all the people who submitted posts! I’m wondering: do more people read in the summer? Do you read more books in the summertime?