Apples & Honey Press Launches with Six Children's Titles for Fall 2015


Joint venture of US and Israeli publishers will debut at BookExpo America with picture books for young children on Hanukkah, life in Israel, Bible stories, and Shabbat

Behrman House and Gefen Publishing announce the formation of Apples & Honey Press, a new joint venture to publish high quality children’s books. Apples & Honey Press will bring together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.

The imprint, which will debut at BookExpo America at the Javits Center in New York City, May 27-29, will launch six titles for its first season (Fall 2015) including new works by David Adler, author of the Cam Jansen series, Sylvia Rouss, author of the Sammy the Spider series, Karen Rostoker-Gruber, author of Rooster Can’t Cock-a-doodle Do, Ann Koffsky, author of Noah’s Swim-a-thon and Frogs in the Bed, and Claudia Carlson, author of the poetry collections Pocket Park and The Elephant House. An additional five Apples & Honey Press titles are planned for Spring 2016, and the publishing plan calls for two seasons per year, Fall and Spring.

Editorial direction for the imprint will be provided by Dena Neusner. Ms. Neusner, who took over as Executive Editor for Behrman House last year, has been with the firm for over seven years. Before joining Behrman House Ms. Neusner worked in children’s trade and mass market publishing for more than 15 years, including at Puffin Books, where she managed a beginning reader book program; Golden Books and Scholastic, where she learned the fast-paced world of media-related publishing; and Parachute Press, a small packager.

Behrman House is the leading publisher of books and software for Jewish schools throughout North America, as well as titles for individuals and families seeking to learn more about Hebrew, Jewish history, holidays, values, culture, and religious practices. Founded in 1921, the company has a rich history of developing innovative and engaging educational content as well as trade titles by such notable authors as Abba Eban, Eugene Borowitz, Mordecai Kaplan, Milton Steinberg, Brad Artson, and David Wolpe. Earlier this year, Behrman House announced the acquisition of the education and trade titles of URJ Press. The firm’s curricular materials can be found in almost every Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist congregation in North America, and in Jewish communities around the world.

Gefen Publishing is an English-language publishing firm headquartered in JerusalemIsrael, with offices in New York. The firm publishes approximately twenty titles per year on a variety of Israeli and Jewish subjects including history, holocaust, biography, cooking, and religion. Through its subsidiary, Gefen Books, the company is a leading importer of books from Israel to the United States. Major Israeli publishers represented in Gefen’s catalog include Magnes Press, The Bialik Institute, Modan Publishing, Palphot, and Yediot Acharonot. 

Fall 2015 List, Apples & Honey Press

  • Avi the Ambulance Goes to School, by Claudia Carlson
  • Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match, by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs, illustrated by CB Decker
  • Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles, by David Adler, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
  • Kayla and Kugel, by Ann D. Koffsky
  • King David & Akavish the Spider, by Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Ari Binus
  • The Littlest Pair, by Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Holly Hannon

Preliminary Spring 2016 List, Apples & Honey Press

  • Avi the Ambulance to the Rescue
  • Holiday for Ari Ant
  • Kayla and Kugel’s Passover
  • Sing-Along Alef Bet
  • Yosef’s Dream