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message 1: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Marsha Hi everyone,

I just joined goodreads and am enjoying it. I am a children's author and am also an avid reader of children's books. Before I became a writer, I was a librarian. I tend to read Canadian children's books. Here are a few that I've recently enjoyed:

Finding Elmo

both by Monique Polak


Spider's Song

by Anita Daher

all the best
Marsha Skrypuch

message 2: by (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new) Welcome Marsha!


message 3: by Crystal (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new)

Crystal Allen Hi Marsha,

Nice to "meet" you. I'm a children's book publicist at Raincoast Books in Canada. I look forward to hearing your opinions on kid lit!



message 4: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new)

Marsha Thanks for the welcome, Andrea!

What is the children's book you've enjoyed most recently?

message 5: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Crystal,

Thanks for the welcome! These must be busy days for you, with all of the Harry Potter hoopla. I finished the Deathly Hallows last Wednesday and loved it. I studiously avoided any news items about it til I was finished in fear of spoilers.

message 6: by (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new) I would have to say that I've been a bit spellbound by "The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell" by Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen of late(

Despite the fact that I grew up with knowledge of this event, this book brings the tragedy to life so effectively it seems like it happened yesterday.


message 7: by Akerumi (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new)

Akerumi Hey Marsha..I've heard that Finding Elmo, but couldn't remember when.

message 8: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:47AM) (new)

Marsha Sounds interesting, Andrea. I love history!

message 9: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:47AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Jane,

Finding Elmo is a good, quick read. I really enjoyed her other new novel, Scarred, too.

message 10: by BookOfLife (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

BookOfLife Hi! I'm new here too and thought it would be more efficient to jump into this discussion than start a whole new post. My name is Heidi Estrin, and I'm a librarian (formerly in public libraries in Broward Cty., FL and in Pittsburgh, PA; currently at a synagogue library in Boca Raton, FL). I am especially excited to tell you that I also host a podcast about Jewish books, music, film and web for kids and adults. It's called The Book of Life and you can hear it at Lastly, I want to thank Andrea of Just One More Book for turning me on to GoodReads. I have a LibraryThing catalog for the books that have been featured on my podcast, but GoodReads seems to be a bit more social.

message 11: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Heidi,

Welcome to the fun!

Are you familiar with Lynne Kositsky's novels? Her YA novel, _The Thought of High Windows_ is one of the best novels I've ever read.

Lesley Simpson has a couple of very good Jewish picture books. One is Purim Surprise and the other is The Shabbat Box.

message 12: by Beky (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Beky Hi everyone,
i'm new
I love to read children story books to my two boys everyday! Good to be here!

message 13: by (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new) Welcome Heidi!

You're very welcome for the invitation -- I'm glad you accepted.

I look forward to lots of inspiring news, reviews and conversations.


message 14: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Beky,

How old are your boys?

message 15: by Deborah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Deborah (deborahfreedman) | 0 comments Guess I'll jump in too and say hi, and also say thanks to Andrea for the invite!

Heidi - I ran a booksale at my synagogue for years, so I'm looking forward to learning about your favorites. Everyone else's too, of course!

message 16: by (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new) Welcome Deborah!

Got to say one of my favourite of Mary Ann Hoberman's is "And to think that we thought that we'd never be friends". What a feel good book.

message 17: by Beky (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Beky Hi Marsha,
My boys,one just turned 7 this July, and one is 5 years old!Two devil kids!!Recently they love to listening to the Barbapapa story books. They likes to see the whole family turn into any shapes they want.

message 18: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Beky,

That's wonderful that you've found books that they both enjoy listening to. Reading together as a family is such a good thing to do.

message 19: by BookOfLife (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

BookOfLife Hi Marsha,

Thanks for the welcome!

Sorry to say that I didn't like The Thought of High Windows: I felt like the enticing idea of a girl who is drawn to jumping out of windows wasn't really made use of and it turned out to be anticlimactic. It was a couple years ago I read it, and I know there were other elements that bothered me too, but can't remember them right now.

I love Lesley Simpson's Shabbat Box, but wasn't so impressed by Purim Surprise (partly because of the illustrations - not her fault).

I'm really picky, so please don't be offended. I've been involved with the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee for years and also write reviews, so I've become very critical when I feel like a book isn't living up to its potential.

Also, hi Deborah, thanks for your greeting too!

I see you wrote the Scribble book that I heard about on Just One More Book! Haven't seen it yet but it sounded delightful. Just checked out your profile and see you're a fan of Mary Ann Hoberman. I love her stuff as well.

In terms of favorites, one of my very best is The Stray Dog by Marc Simont. It chokes me up (as many dog stories do).

message 20: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Marsha Hi Heidi,

Both Lynne and Lesley are personal friends, so perhaps I read their books through a different filter. I was blown away by Thought of High Windows. Loved the complex characters.

message 21: by BookOfLife (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

BookOfLife It's definitely different when you're friends with the author! The more authors I meet, the more careful I have to be as a reviewer!

message 22: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:52AM) (new)

Marsha I used to review books all the time before I began writing them, but it's pretty tricky to do now. I'll do them every once in awhile for my local paper, but those are soft reviews.

message 23: by Audrey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

Audrey Hi,

I recently joined goodreads and this group. I added one of my favorite storytime books to the group book list, I ain't gonna paint no more! It's a really fun read-aloud book with creative sing/song text and awesome illustrations.

message 24: by Sharon (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

Sharon Since this seems the place to say hello, I'll jump in and introduce myself. I'm a Physical Anthropologist turned writer (poetry and short fiction) with two daughters, ages 4 and 7.

I'm particularly interested in children's books because my 7 year old began reading at the age of 3. We had her tested at the age of 4 and at that time she was reading at a junior high level. I am constantly trying to come up with great things for her to read that are challenging enough without being way beyond her emotional level. She loves both classics and contemporary works, as well as both fiction and nonfiction. I'm hoping to get some good ideas here.

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