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Night LightsBenjy's Messy Room

Illustrated by Rita Tan
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ISBN: 9781681156309
Apples & Honey Press, 2024
Reading level:4-7 years

It's the night before Passover and Benjy's room is a mess. He only has a few hours left to clean it up before the traditional search for bread crumbs. The search ensures that the house is free of all leavened products. Benjy loves the hunt in the dark with only a candle to light the way to find all the crumbs his parents hide. But his younger sister Shira begs him to play a game with her, his older sister Naomi teases him, and Pepper their dog keeps getting in the way. How will Benjy ever finish in time?

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The Magician's VisitThe Magician's Visit

Illustrated by Eva Sanchez Gomez
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ISBN: 9781784386658, Green Bean Books, 2021
Reading level: 4-8 years

Jonah and Rebecca have fallen on hard times and as Passover approaches they cannot afford any of the things they need to celebrate the festival. “God will come to our aid,” Jonah insists, even on Seder night as the house is dark and his table empty. When a magician knocks on their door asking to join their Seder, they are unable to oblige, but the stranger is undeterred.

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Night LightsNight Lights

Illustrated by Amberin Huq
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ISBN: 978-1681155470, Apples & Honey Press, 2020
Reading level: 4-8 years

Daniel's big sister, Naomi, is excited to sleep outside in the sukkah, but Daniel is a little nervous. What about the dark nighttime shadows? The scary nighttime sounds? Naomi tells him to be brave, like their ancestors were when they slept in huts in the desert ... but that's hard!

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A Persian PrincessA Persian Princess

Illustrated by Steliyana Doneva
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ISBN: 978-1681155531, Apples & Honey Press, 2020
Reading level: 4-7 years

Raya can't be in the Purim play this year—Purim will be no fun at all! But, Raya's grandmother, Maman joon, shares her sparkly scarves and Persian traditions with her. Together they discover how to make their American Purim uniquely Persian, delicious, and fun.

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Barbara Diamond Goldin

Barbara Diamond Goldin
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Barbara Diamond Goldin has written picture books, story collections, non-fiction, retellings, and historical fiction. In 1997, she received the prestigious Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. This award is presented to the author whose collected works are a distinguished contribution to Jewish literature for children. "Goldin's consistently commendable and recommendable books combine talented writing, solid research, personal commitment and deep caring."

Barbara is currently the director of a public library after being a children's librarian for eleven years. She also leads writing workshops and speaks about being a writer to school and library groups. Before becoming a librarian, Barbara taught language arts and creative writing to 5th through 8th graders, and before that was a preschool teacher. Her B.A. is in psychology from the University of Chicago, and she did postgraduate work in education at Western Washington University and Boston University. She received a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College in 2011.

Barbara Diamond Goldin says, "As a child, I was an avid reader, letter-writer, and frequenter of the public library. When I reached babysitting age, I discovered I loved making up and telling stories to my charges who would ask to have me back so they could hear the sequels to my stories. Later as an adult I turned the stories I told into written stories.

"When writing, I dig into my past, my childhood, my family, and my personal experiences for material. I also research my subjects thoroughly and feel this adds depth to what I write. I love folklore and religion and the psychology of why people act the way they do. I find that often during the process of writing, I touch on questions and feelings that are closest to me."


Books for Children

(OP) indicates that title is out of print or out of stock indefinitely. Some out-of-print titles are available from the author.

Note: PJ Library distributes paperback versions of the following titles of mine to a large audience of people who sign up for its program offering free titles on Jewish subjects: Cakes and Miracles, The Magician's Visit, A Mountain of Blintzes, Night Lights, The Passover Cowboy, and The World's Birthday.

Readers for Wright Group/McGraw-Hill:

Gear Up Series: A Biography of Benjamin Banneker, 2006; Storytelling, 2006; How the Great Mountains Came to Be, 2006

Sunshine Series: Honey Hunt, 2001; Oseola McCarty Woke Up the World, 2001; Lilly in the Spotlight, 2001; Louis Armstrong: Jazzing Up the Music, 2001; Berry Treats, 2001

Wildcats Series: Picture This! (Old Sam's Secret), June 2001; River Wild (RiverKeepers), September 2001

Readers for Options Publishing:

Lost in Colonial Days, 2006; Whistler’s Gift, 2006

Readers for Zaner-Bloser:

Fannie Lou Hamer, 2007; Maya Angelou, 2008; Dancing in America, 2008 (OP)

Author of retelling of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty for boxed editions of compact discs, BMG Music, 1993. Contributor of story to The Haunted House, edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg, HarperCollins, 1995; contributor of story to The Hanukkah Treasury, edited by Eric Kimmel, Holt, 1998; also contributor of articles and reviews to children's magazines and newspapers, including Highlights, Cricket, Shofar, Seattle's Child, Child Life, and Jack and Jill.

Agent: Scott Treimel New York