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MEMBERS: We're a group of authors whose books are in some way considered "Jewish"--and we'd love to appear as a panel via Skype conference call. The members of our group, with brief bio statements and individual websites, are as follows:

BARBARA BIETZ: & Skype An Author for Barbara

Barbara Bietz, an award-winning author, divides her time between writing, teaching and enriching the literary world with interviews, reviews and in-depth views on young adult and children's literature. Barbara’s chapter book, Like a Maccabee (2006, Yaldah Publishing), was honored with the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association Merit Award for Children/Young Adult Fiction. In 2007 she was invited to be a part of the Jewish Book Council’s Book Network.

Barbara is the incoming chairperson for the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She is a contributor to Jewish Book World and the newsletter for the Association of Jewish Libraries, and writes a monthly column for the award-winning and the “Alphabet Soup” column at Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous magazines. Barbara is member of the Ventura/Santa Barbara Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has a Master’s degree in education and teaches writing classes at the Oak Park Community Center, Conejo Valley Adult Education, and other locations in Southern California.

Recently featured on Jewish Life Television, Barbara blogs in-depth and shares her interviews with authors and illustrators of Jewish literature for children at

JACQUELINE JULES & Skype An Author for Jacqueline

Jacqueline Jules is the author of sixteen children's books, including the award-winning Bible series Sarah Laughs, Benjamin and the Silver Goblet, Abraham's Search for God, and the forthcoming Miriam in the Desert. She also has a series about the Ziz, a gigantic and clumsy yellow bird with enormous red wings, which began with The Hardest Word and continued with Noah and the Ziz, The Ziz and the Hanukah Miracle, and The Princess and the Ziz. Her career as a Jewish author began in 1995 with The Grey Striped Shirt, a story about a nine-year-old girl who learns about the Holocaust from her survivor grandparents. In 1998, Once Upon a Shabbos, a fairy tale about a bear who tries to interfere with a Brooklyn family's Shabbos dinner, was released. Clap and Count: Action Rhymes for the Jewish Year is a compilation of songs and action rhymes Ms. Jules created for her preschool students when she worked as a synagogue librarian. Goodnight Shma, Before We Eat, and two forthcoming board books are part of Kar-Ben Publishing's Very First Board Books series. Ms. Jules loves to sing with young children and includes a song as often as she can in her appearances. To hear some of her songs, please visit her website at

SARAH LAMSTEIN: & Skype An Author for Sarah

Sarah Lamstein has been a secondary school English teacher, a school librarian, and still is a puppeteer – pursuits that all involve books and stories. Sarah’s own books and stories include a collection of folktales from Nepal, From the Mango Tree, co-authored with the Nepali writer, Kavita Ram Shrestha and inspired by the two summers her family lived in Nepal; a picture book, Annie’s Shabbat, named to Booklist's Top Ten Religion Books for Youth 1998 and based on Sarah’s childhood experiences of the weekly celebration; I Like Your Buttons!, a picture book about how a young girl’s compliment to her teacher starts good feelings flying all through the school, out onto the playground, and around the neighborhood; Hunger Moon, a novel for middle grade readers about 11-year-old Ruthie’s relationship with her developmentally disabled younger brother; and a Chanukah tale, Letter on the Wind, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book in 2008. Forthcoming is Sarah’s newest picture book, Big Night for Salamanders, about a boy named Evan who helps keep salamanders safe on the night of their migration.

ANNA OLSWANGER: and & Skype An Author for Anna

Anna Olswanger is the author of Shlemiel Crooks, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist, and PJ Library Book. Since 2005 she has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates in New York, where she specializes in illustrated work, both fiction and nonfiction, for young readers. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Anna has made "The Home of the Blues" the backdrop to many of her fiction stories, including "Chicken Bone Man," which won Maryland's F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest. Anna lives in Bergen County, New Jersey.

PAMELA EHRENBERG: & Skype An Author for Pamela
Pamela Ehrenberg is the author of Ethan, Suspended and Tillmon County Fire, both from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Ethan, Suspended was named a "VOYA Top Shelf Fiction" pick for middle school students and received a starred review in Booklist; Tillmon County Fire has been nominated for the Rainbow Project of the American Library Association. Her new novel, currently titled "Spinning," received a Letter of Merit from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Work in Progress grant committee. Pamela lives in Washington, DC, midway between the National Zoo and a Jewish preschool, with her two young children.

Panelist addresses: All over the U.S.!

Presentations: Each of us enjoys speaking individually with classes of different ages, library groups, and groups of adults--and we enjoy coming together as a panel to provide different perspectives on issues of interest to your group. These can include how-an-idea-becomes-a-book presentations to elementary school students, advice for aspiring authors, thoughts on what makes a book a "Jewish book" or how we came to write books of Jewish content--or pretty much any topic for which your audience would enjoy hearing a variety of perspectives.

Audiences: Jewish community centers, day schools, synagogues, Hadassah book clubs, and other venues where Jewish books are discussed.

Available Times: One benefit to the panel approach is that generally several authors would be available at a time that is convenient for you.

No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the authors.

No Cost Meet the Author Visit:
Not available, but panelists will complete a test call in advance to make sure the technology is working.

In-Depth Visit Length: Generally 45 minutes to an hour

In-Depth Visit Cost: Generally $240 for a 3-person panel or $400 for a 5-person panel

Prerequisites: An interest in Jewish books! Familiarity with the work of one or more panelists makes for a more enjoyable and exciting connection.

Contact Information: PMEhrenberg at

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