Our Authors and Illustrators
David A. Adler
Author of Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles and Yom Kippur Shortstop
David A. Adler is the author of more than 250 books for young readers,
including the popular Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen series, and many books on Jewish topics.
He lives in Woodmere, New York.
Photographer of How It's Made: Torah Scroll and How It's Made: Matzah
Eliyahu Alpern’s stunning photography appears in many picture books about the Jewish holidays and Israel. View his work online at www.tziloom.com.
Illustrator of King David & Akavish the Spider
Ari Binus is a Boston-based digital artist and animator. This is his fifth children’s book.
Illustrator of Yosef's Dream and Journey Through Jerusalem
Tamar Blumenfeld was born in Haifa. She graduated from the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Israel. She is a freelance illustrator and comics artist, based in Tel Aviv; lectures in illustration and design, and is the creator of the well-known Ha’aretz newspaper blog, Street Doodles. Yosef’s Dream is Tamar's first picture book.
Illustrator of The Goblins of Knottingham
Beth Bogert is a children's illustrator. Her work has appeared in Highlights for Children, Cricket Babybug magazine, and more.
Jane Breskin Zalben
Author/Illustrator of Light
Jane Breskin Zalben is the author-artist for many books, including Saturday Night at the Beastro, which she created with her husband, Steven. She lives in Long Island, New York.
Author of Babel
Chaim Burston is an internationally known storyteller, and a musician. He has recorded five collections of beautiful and haunting tunes entitled Jewish Mystical Melodies. Learn more at www.Rabbiburston.com.
Illustrator of The Passover Cowboy
Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books and products for trade, historical non fiction, educational, and the toy industries. She often combines traditional painting techniques and mediums with collage and digital elements to add additional layer of visual story telling. Gina studied fine arts at Pepperdine University and Pitzer College; and, illustration at Art Center: College of Design. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Publishers, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators.
Author of Avi the Ambulance Goes to School, Avi the Ambulance to the Rescue!, and Avi the Ambulance and the Snowy Day
Claudia Carlson is the original author of the Avi the Ambulance series. Avi the Ambulance and the Snowy Day is dedicated to her memory.
See more at www.claudiagraphics.com
Illustrator of Yom Kippur Shortstop
André Ceolin is a self-taught illustrator from Brazil. He loves working with books targeting juvenile readers from the very young age to middle-grade and young adult. When not illustrating, he creates toys and small sculptures for his son. He also enjoys bicycling, playing his guitar, and, singing.
Illustrator of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match, Avi the Ambulance Goes to School, Avi the Ambulance to the Rescue, and Avi the Ambulance and the Snowy Day
CB Decker recently moved to Eagle Mountain, Utah
where there are plenty of dreidel playing goats if you look for them.
Illustrator of more children's books than you can count on four hooves...er...feet,
CB thinks donkey is Da-a-a-a-ang cute!
See more at www.cbdecker.com
Illustrator of Adam's Animals
Stela lives in Sofia, Bulgaria with her husband, a violinist and three children, who constantly provide her with continuous inspiration. Her love of painting and drawing started from an early childhood. As a little girl, Stela would imitate her grandfather drawing horses in his notebook. Stela still feel that his horses are the most beautiful she had ever seen! Stela studied at the School for Applied Arts in Sofia with the specialty in "children’s toys". She also graduated at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University in Veliko Tarnovo in 1998 with an MA degree in Graphic Arts. Stela started her career as an animator in a movie animation studio. She also worked on flash animations for children's games, puzzles, educational kits, etc. Luckily, four years after her graduation, Stela published her first picture book written by her good friend. In her free time, Stela enjoys making fabric toys and working on her skills to become a better photographer.
Illustrator of Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles
Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated many picture books.
He has also worked as an art director, created murals for schools and churches,
and performed for marionette theaters.
He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
See more at www.jeffillustration.com
Illustrator of Sing Along Alef Bet
Rinat Gilboa is an illustrator and graphic artist based in Israel. Her work combines traditional and digital collage techniques. She has illustrated several children's books, including The Koren Children's Siddur (Koren, 2014), and her work has been featured on a aseries of postage stamps for the State of Israel. Rinat also teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. You can see more of her work at www.rinatgilboa.com
Author of The Passover Cowboy
Barbara Diamond Goldin received the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. She has written many distinguished books on Jewish themes, including The Best Hanukkah Ever, The World’s Birthday: A Rosh Hashanah Story, and Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale. A former preschool teacher, language arts teacher, and writing instructor, Barbara is currently director of a public library and lives in western Massachusetts.
Illustrator of Maddie the Mitzvah Clown
Christine Grove is an illustrator of children's books. She received her MFA in illustration at the end of 2011 and has been illustrating ever since. Christine lives in North Georgia with her family and her treasured collection of 2H pencils.
Author of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match and Maddie the Mitzvah Clown
Karen Rostoker-Gruber is an award-winning children's book author
and humorist. She has six picture books and four adult humor books
to her name. She is also a ventriloquist and performs with Maria,
her puppet, in schools and libraries.
See more at www.karenrostoker-gruber.com
Author of Oy Vey! Life in a Shoe
Bonnie Grubman is an early childhood educator and author. She grew up with her parents, brother and sister, pet turtles, and parakeet. (It was almost as crowded as a shoe!)
Today, Bonnie lives in New York with her husband Herby.
Illustrator of Little Red Rosie
Mónica Gutierrez has illustrated many children’s books, including Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and the Literary Classics International Book Award, and Three Little Pigs and a Lone Wolf. She lives in Argentina.
Author of The Shabbat Angels
Maxine Segal Handelman is the Early Childhood Education Specialist for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She is the author of Jewish Every Day, and What's Jewish about Butterflies.
Author of The Littlest Pair
Holly Hannon is a professional illustrator who is known for her
attention to detail and a passion for color
Rabbi Ron Isaacs
Author of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match
Rabbi Ron Isaacs is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he has served for forty years. Currently, he is also serving as the Rabbi of Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood, New Jersey, which is the only synagogue in Cape May County on the Jersey Shore. Author of more than 100 books, his Ask the Rabbi book and website (www.rabbiron.com) keeps him busy answering an eggz-traordinary collection of questions.
Katherine Janus Kahn
Illustrator of A Holiday for Ari Ant
Katherine Janus Kahn has been illustrating children's books for over 25 years, including the Sammy Spider series and the Ziz books. Her vivid illustrations, in a watercolor and cut-out technique, have been compared to the work of Eric Carle.
Eric A. Kimmel
Author of Little Red Rosie and Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Story
Eric A. Kimmel is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including the classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. He is the only author to have won the National Jewish Book Award five times—for The Chanukkah Guest, The Mysterious Guests, Wonders & Miracles, The Golem’s Latkes, and Hanukkah Bear. The Association of Jewish Libraries has awarded him the Sydney Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Rabbi Zoe Klein
Author of The Goblins of Knottingham
Rabbi Zoe Klein is the author of the acclaimed novel, Drawing in the Dust. She serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles.
Author and illustrator of Kayla and Kugel, Kayla and Kugel's Almost-Perfect Passover, and Noah's Swim-a-Thon
Author of Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor and Avi and the Snowy Day
Ann D. Koffsky is the author/or illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book and Kayla and Kugel's Passover (coming Spring 2016). She lives in West Hempstead, New York.
See more at www.annkoffsky.com
Co-author of Sing-Along Alef Bet
Eric Lindberg is an award winning multi-instrumentalist who brings his background in Jazz and classical music to the acoustic sounds of bluegrass and old-time music. He works alongside Doni Zasloff as musical director, songwriter, and producer on their recordings. Eric performs as part of their due, Nefesh Mountain, and in the Mama Doni Band for kids and families
Author and Illustrator of Babel
Marc Lumer has worked as a visual development artist on projects including the Prince of Egypt, Batman Beyond and Superman. His book Benny’s Mitzvah Notes was selected by The Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee as a notable book. See more of Marc’s work at www.MarcLumerDesign.com
Illustrator of Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups
Bob McMahon’s work for the past 20 years has ranged from advertising, toy concepts, movie posters, educational and children’s books. Bob enjoys creating his unique humorous illustrations from his home studio in Southern California where he lives with his wife, daughter and his crazy dog Riley.
Illustrator of Oy Vey! Life in a Shoe
David Mottram has always wanted to be an illustrator. As a child, he drew pictures until there was no paper left . . . and then he would draw on grocery bags! Today, he illustrates children’s books and will occasionally draw on his daughter’s lunch bags, too. He lives with his family in Ohio in a house slightly larger than a shoe.
Author of Babel
DovBer Naiditch has been published in numerous journals and small print collections. His short story The Angel in the House was named a notable selection in America’s Best Short Stories 2013, and he is also a writer for the Jewish video company, www.Shmideo.com.
Author of How It's Made: Torah Scroll and How It's Made: Matzah
Allison Ofanansky is an author and editor. She won the National Jewish Book Award for her picture book, The Patchwork Torah.
Rachel Ornstein Packer
Author of Sky High Sukkah
Rachel Ornstein Packer holds an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University and has worked in the Jewish non-profit world for many years. She is now a writer specializing in food allergies, diet, and nutrition. Sky-High Sukkah is her first children’s book. Rachel lives in Olney, MD.
Author of King David & Akavish the Spider, A Holiday for Ari Ant, and The Littlest Pair
Sylvia Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator who created
the popular Sammy Spider books and the Littlest series.
She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel.
See more at www.sylviarouss.com
Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Author of Adam's Animals
Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz is the director of The Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. He is the author of Judaism's Great Debates; Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values; Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study; and Honi the Circlemarker: Eco-Fables from Ancient Israel.
Illustrator of Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor
Talitha Shipman is a Sydney Taylor Award winning illustrator and based in Northeastern Indiana. Talitha is blessed with an amazing husband named Michael, a hairy dog named Lucy, and a Baby Girl named Coral Elizabeth (named after Talitha's favorite color pink, her little sis Beth, and the great Elizabeth Bennet).
Talitha's specialties include book, greeting card, and editorial illustration.
Illustrator of Roller Coaster Grandma
Mark Simmons is a 2009 graduate of the Academy of Art University. He specializes in illustration and sequential art, including comics and storyboards.
Illustrator of Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale
Jim Starr graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Illustration. He illustrates for numerous editorial, advertising, and corporate clients; his most recognizable image is the mill in the Pepperidge Farm logo. His work has appeared in Print magazine, the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, and the Washington DC Illustrators Club Exhibition. This is his first picture book.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Author of Roller Coaster Grandma
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about intimate matters on radio. She began in September of 1980 as the host of a fifteen minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight. One year later she had a live, one-hour show on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners. Her unique and open style allowed her to communicate effectively through almost every avenue available and in addition to radio, her television career spanned both broadcast and cable, books, newspapers, games, home video, and computer software. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.
Co-Author of Sing-Along Alef Bet
Doni Zasloff (Mama Doni) is an award winning singer, songwriter, and author. Her CDs and DVDs include Hanukkah Fever, Shabbat Shaboom, and Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party, and she also co-authored the book Get Cooking! Doni is a beloved presence on stage and tours regularly nationwide
Illustrator of Sky-High Sukkah
Deborah Zemke is the author and/or illustrator of more than forty children's books, including Bea Garcia: My Life in Pictures and The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. For more information, visit her website at www.deborahzemke.com.