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Featured New Book for 2018

THE KNISH WAR ON RIVINGTON STREET

 

  

 illustrated by Jon Davis

THE KNISH WAR ON RIVINGTON STREET

 

  

PJ Library Selection 2017

      Sydney Taylor Notable Book

Guides of New York City Apple Award

 

SELECTED WORKS

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Joanne Oppenheim is the author of more than fifty books for and about children.

HER BOOKS HAVE WON:

National Council of Social Studies Carter Woodson Award

Outstanding Science Books PJ Library

Canadian Council Children's Literature Prize

NY Public Library’s Best for Teen Age List

IRA’s Children’s Choice

Book of the Month and Junior Literary Guild

                                                                              Sydney Taylor Notable Book

                                                          Guides Association of New York City Apple Award

Historic Fiction

The Knish War on Rivington Street
The Prince's Bedtime Cover
The Prince's Breakfast cover

THE PRINCE'S BREAKFAST

Have you seen birds cover
dear miss breed cover

Non-Fiction Award Winner

   illustrated by Jon Davis

   PJ Library Selection 2017

Sydney Taylor Notable Book 2018

Guides Association of NYC Apple Award 

for Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing 2018

THE HAVE YOU SEEN? SERIES

THE KNISH WAR ON

RIVINGTON STREET

THE PRINCE'S BEDTIME

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER

 Narrated by Hugh Bonneville

Narrated by Hugh Bonneville

DEAR MISS BREED

True Stories of the

Japanese American Incarceration 

• Carter G. Woodson Award National Council for the Social Studies 2007

• NYPL Best for Teen Age List 2007

• Audible Books recording 2016

“Have You Seen Birds?”

illustrated by Barbara Reid 

•Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award

•Canada Council, Children's

Literature Prize 1987

•Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver

Canadian Picture Book Award, 1987

•Outstanding Science Book 

STANLEY HAYAMI, NISEI SON

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Growing up in the little town of Monticello, New York, I never dreamed of becoming a writer. At 7, I was sure I would be a dancing movie star. I took, tap, ballet and tumbling until World War II began and the dance teacher went off to war and ended my dancing career.  At 12, I planned on being an Olympic swimmer, but my sinuses failed me. At 14, I dreamed of being an actress and studied with Frances Robinson Duff, the famous drama coach of Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable. But in college I discovered, I didn’t always get the lead and unlike Jiminy Cricket, I decided that “hey, diddly dee,” an actor’s life was not for me. I rejected a lifetime of dealing with rejections—something I seemed to forget when I took up writing.

 

I had two little boys when I returned to college for a teaching degree. My teacher, Evelyn Beyer, at Sarah Lawrence College, read a children’s book at the end of every class, inspiring me to write my main paper on children’s lit. It was perfect. I read my homework to my boys, wrote the paper, and discovered a language I could speak. Evie suggested I join the Bank Street College Writer’s Workshop, which she and Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) had attended. That was the ticket! Before long, I was writing stories for the ground-breaking Bank Street Readers, the first multi-racial urban reading series for schools. One of my assignments was to write a story about a city tree. Instead I wrote a poem about trees that was rejected for the readers. A few months later, I sold that poem to Young Scott Books. Have You Seen Trees? was the first of a series of Have You Seen books; several have been in print since 1969.

 

As my family grew up, I continued to write and taught 1st and 2nd graders in Monticello. I wrote a picture book each summer and dreamed of becoming a full-time author. In 1979, my eldest son graduated from law school, my youngest child graduated from high school, I graduated with an MS from Bank Street College and was offered a job in their publications department, where I wrote books for parents, teachers, and children. At last I was not only a full time writer—I became a New Yorker!

MY OTHER HAT... TOYS & PLAY

My books for parents, Kids and Play (Ballantine) 

and Buy Me! Buy Me! (Pantheon), led to articles in national parenting magazines about children’s toys and to the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, a review of children’s products, co-founded with my daughter, Stephanie Oppenheim. We wrote a monthly newsletter and an annual book reviewing the Best Toys, Books & Videos for Kids for Harpers and others for more than 15 years, when we went digital. All during those years I did a lot of television and radio, appearing on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning, ABC News and CNN. We became contributors on NBC’s Today Show, which Stephanie continues to do. I still review products for the toyportfolio.com and write for children and young adults.

 

My newest book, The Knish War on Rivington Street (Albert Whitman) is dedicated to Miles, my first greatgrandchild, and I look forward to many more…books and great grandchildren!   

 

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