The amazing Jewish picture book exhibit, Monsters and Miracles, is making its way east. If you;re in the northeast, and have any interest in Jewish life OR the history of the picture book, you really need to go. It’s astounding, and I’m honored to have a small part in it.
Another trend is seen in picture books offering alternative narratives of American Jewish life. Among these are Laurel Snyder’s forthcoming Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (2010), illustrated by David Goldin; Daniel Pinkwater’s forthcoming story in Yiddish and English, Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken (2010), illustrated by Jill Pinkwater; and Lemony Snicket’s unconventional holiday tale, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story (2007), illustrated by Lisa Brown.