A thank-you note

Thank you to the Jewish Book Council for naming The Schmutzy Family (with super-groovy illustrator Paul Meisel) as a finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards for illustrated children’s books. I keep going back to the web site and checking to see if my name is still there. (It is!)

Thank you to the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee for listing The Schmutzy Family among your notables. Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family books were extremely important to me growing up in Blacksburg, Va., where there weren’t a whole lot of Jewish girls. Grateful to Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie for the company.

Here’s a photo of my daughter’s diorama for her book report last year, for All-of-a-Kind-Family Downtown. This is before it was colored in and before the Sculpey  pushcarts, and while she was experiencing technical difficulties (i.e. an invasion by The Cat).


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4 Responses to A thank-you note

  1. madelyn says:

    Thanks so much, I’m really looking forward to the tour (and hoping the person I’m interviewing has time to talk; he’s working under a wicked deadline.) In coincidental news, I’m working on a manuscript where the m.c.’s name is Leora.

  2. Leora says:

    Mazal tov on your award! How gratifying.

    I love seeing your daughter’s project. Even with the invading cat, it looks like she loved the book. My daughter is working on a project related to L. Frank Baum, and I loved his books when I was young.

    I followed your link when I pasted the upcoming Sydney Taylor Book Blog Tour into a post.

  3. madelyn says:

    Thanks, Edie!!! Your support means a lot! All best!

  4. Edie Migliaccio says:


    Your award news is very exciting. Mom is so proud.

    I am your New York cousin Edith (only your mom calls me by that name.)

    Anyhow, I live here in Az. near Ellen and Ken’s home We just met them Sun. eve for dinner and a movie. Good luck to you.

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