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Isaac Bashevis Singer
Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born American writer who only ever wrote in Yiddish.
The author of numerous novels, short stories, stories for children, essays, articles and memoirs, he was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.
Naama Benziman is an award-winning Israeli artist, illustrator, curator, editor and author.
She exhibits internationally and lectures on Illustration and Visual Literacy at Israel’s top visual arts academies. Her previous books for children are Emilia and Albert’s Tall Hat and Michael Leventhal (The Chocolate King), both published in Hebrew by Am Oved. Born in Jerusalem, she now lives in Tel Aviv.
Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the #1 Canadian national bestseller A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Scholastic Canada) and the international bestseller Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (Henry Holt).
Devora Busheri is a children’s book writer, editor, and translator. She has been working as a Jewish educator in Israel and the U.S. for twenty years and is deeply committed to working with the challenges posed to Judaism by the ever-changing world. Her previous books include The Abba Tree and In the Jerusalem Forest. Devora lives in Jerusalem with her husband and their four children. Her first book for Green Bean is The Donkey in the Garden, due for publication in early 2021.
Raquel Catalina was born in Madrid in 1973 where she studied Fine Arts. Her career as an illustrator started in 2010 after moving to Valencia where she studied a postgraduate degree in illustration at Spain’s ESAT (Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología). Since then, she has worked as a children’s illustrator for prestigious publishers. Her work has been exhibited in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. Her portfolio can be seen at www.raquelcatalina.com
Barbara Diamond Goldin
Barbara Diamond Goldin is an award-winning children’s author who 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 for her distinguished contribution to Jewish literature for children. A former preschool teacher, language arts teacher and librarian, she is currently the director of a public library. She also leads writing workshops and speaks about being a writer to school and library groups.
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Shira Geffen comes from Tel Aviv and is a playwright, director, actor and children’s author.
She has written four books for children. The Heart Shaped Leaf has also been translated into Swedish, Arabic and Persian.
Rinat Hoffer was born in 1966 and grew up in Holon, Israel. She worked for many years as an independent illustrator in daily newspapers (Ma’ariv, Yedioth), magazines and on advertising campaigns.
Allison and Wayne Marks
Allison and Wayne Marks met in a Canterbury Tales class at the University of Cincinnati, where they both graduated with degrees in English Literature. They are the authors of three Jewish children’s picture books: Og’s Ark (Kar-Ben 2016, PJ Library in Russian selection), A Gefilte Fishy Tale (MB Publishing, 2016), and The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story (Kar-Ben 2017, PJ Library selection, Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2017, and Tablet Magazine’s Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017).
Sheri Sinykin has published twenty books for young readers since 1990, including eight in a young reader series called The Magic Attic Club, Giving Up The Ghost, a YA novel set on a haunted plantation after Hurricane Katrina, and Zayde Comes To Live (illustrated by Kristina Swarner) which has won several awards.
Tim Tibbits is a teacher and tutor based in Ohio. This is his first book – unless you count his first attempt to write a book when he was a teenager (a two-chapter “book” called Eight Little Men, presented as a gift to his great-grandmother for her 80th birthday). He is currently at work on his first opera libretto, an adaptation of the very short story by a nineteenth century writer Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour.
Aviel graduated from Shenkar College of Design in Tel Aviv with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He currently works and lives in Tel Aviv. Since graduating in 2011, Aviel has illustrated more than 50 children’s books which have been published in Israel. He won a silver medal for his first book in the Israel Museum 2012 award for children’s book illustration. He has also illustrated for magazines, advertisements and worked on character and background designs for apps and animations. His style is inspired by 50s illustration and he loves to use a bright and colourful palette.
Carmel Ben Ami
Carmel Ben-Ami was born in the Netherlands and raised in Israel, where she studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She illustrates children’s books and poetry collections and worked in the Animation Department of the 2017 film The Legend of King Solomon. She lives in Amsterdam, where she works as a freelance illustrator and animator.
Naama Benziman was born in Jerusalem in 1968. She works as a freelance artist, editor, curator, illustrator and author, and as a lecturer at Israel’s top visual arts academies. She was awarded the IBBY Honour Citation, Israel Museum’s silver medal for book illustration and the Design Award of the Ministry of Culture of Israel. Her artwork has been featured throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. It won high commendation in 3×3, the Magazine of Contemporary Illustration (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and other international competitions.
Laura Catalán has illustrated numerous fiction books and educational material for Spanish, UK and US publishing houses. Her picture books include Two Peas in a Pod, The Naughty Spectre and Daughter of the God Sülde.
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Viktoria Efremova was born in March 1983. She studied industrial design at Russia’s North-Caucasus Federal University in 2000-2006. Ever since becoming a mother, she has gradually become more involved in book illustration. The Wise Men of Chelm and the Foolish Carp is her first book project.
Liora Grossman was born in Lithuania during the Soviet regime and immigrated to Israel when she was 5 years old. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and has illustrated more than 100 children books in Israel and Europe. She has illustrated food columns in some of Israel’s leading newspapers and teaches Illustration at Holon Institute of Technology.
Menahem Halberstadt studied painting and drawing under the instruction of the famous Israeli artists Leonid Balaklav and Aram Gershuni. Following this, he studied animation at the Betzalel Academy and graphic design at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. He works as an illustrator with a number of publishing houses in Israel and lives in Israel with his wife and four children.
Omer Hoffmann is an Israeli illustrator. His diverse body of work includes illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and comics worldwide. Omer’s illustrations were selected for the Hans Christian Andersen Illustration Honour List 2016 for the book Hardil Lo Ragill.
Vero Navarro is a full time freelance illustrator, based in Valencia, Spain. She loves the creative challenge of editorial works and has a lengthy experience as book artist, both for covers and internal artwork but creative portraits are arguably her favourite kind of commission. When she’s not illustrating, she can either be found wandering around nature or instagramming her cat’s daily shenanigans.
David Polonsky has illustrated several picture books and also works as a teacher of animation and illustration. He was head illustrator for the film Waltz with Bashir, a critically acclaimed animated documentary and is the illustrator of the new, highly acclaimed Anne Frank graphic novel.
Eva Sánchez Gómez
Eva Sánchez Gómez was born in Puigcerdà in 1986. She graduated from the University of Barcelona in Fine Arts and then she focused on illustration. She began her professional career seeking her own language where the pencil, watercolour and a descriptive and sometimes nostalgic perspective are, at least for now, the protagonists. She has illustrated several novels and picture books from different countries and her award-winning work has been displayed in exhibitions worldwide.
Eva is the illustrator of a forthcoming new edition of The Magician’s Visit by I L Peretz, adapted by Barbara Diamond.
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