The Center for Jewish History recently completed a pilot project to digitize and make freely accessible online 40 Yiddish and Hebrew children's books, many of which are richly illustrated, from the collections of two of the Center's Partners: The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the Yeshiva University Museum.
The collection, which is still growing rapidly and also includes books from other CJH partners, can be found online here.
The books were digitized and made available by the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory, the Center's state-of-the-art in-house digital collections-building facility. In addition to m
aking the children's books available through CJH Digital Collections, the books were also uploaded to the International Children's Digital Library (www.icdlbooks.org), thereby making them even more widely accessible to current and future generations.
The Children's Books Pilot Project at the Center for Jewish History was supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program. Thanks to the success of this METRO-funded pilot project, the Center has since received a generous gift from the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund to digitize a further 50 children's books.
February 2008 Archives
Reading the World, my favorite conference, is this weekend, Feb. 15-16. It is the only children's literature conference focusing solely on multicultural literature that I know of, and it is an amazing event. This year, keynote speakers include Ashley Bryan, Lawrence Yep, Jack Zipes, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sarah Ellis, Peter Sis, and Doris Orgel. And that's just the keynotes! The two days are also packed with sessions given by authors, illustrators and educators-- an amazing lineup.
There will be two booksellers there this year: ourselves and Hicklebee's. I think we're going to have our hands full, but I'm looking forward to being busy this weekend.
Maybe I'll see you there!
Reading the World X
February 15-16, 2008
University of San Francisco
School of Education
2350 Turk Blvd,
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Emily Jiang is a writer of children's and YA literature. She also blogs at TLeaf Readings.
Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.
Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.
Multicultural Author/Illustrator Websites and Blogs
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