I’ve been writing for a long time and am excited to finally have my first picture book published. It’s been a long road. By the time it comes out, The Passover Guest will have taken 8 years from start to finish. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the next book published a little quicker! I am deeply appreciative of everyone who has helped the book make it to this point. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I love being a librarian. I am currently a synagogue librarian and have also been a children’s librarian at a public library. I am very active in the American Library Association, the Association for Library Service to Children and the Association of Jewish Libraries. I have served on many award committees including the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award committee, the Cybils and as chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee. The most amazing professional experience I’ve ever had was serving on the 2015 Caldecott Medal selection committee.
I’ve been a bookseller for over a decade at many stores including Politics & Prose Bookstore, Child’s Play and am currently the children’s book buyer at [words] Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey. I’m involved with the American Booksellers Association and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association. Bookstores are incredibly fun places and it’s been such a joy working at so many wonderful ones.