New Awards, New Books, New Distribution, and an Important Note on the Yaldah Name

Mitzvah the Mutt named 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book

Mitzvah the MuttMitzvah the Mutt, the first chapter book by popular Sammy Spider author Sylvia Rouss and illustrated by Martha Rast, has just been named a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Sydney Taylor Book Award “honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Mitzvah the Mutt also recently received a Bronze Medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, an award that honors exemplary children’s books and promotes childhood literacy.

Complete title and ordering information, including a PDF of the first chapter, are available on the Mitzvah page at the Yotzeret Publishing website.

Two new releases for tween readers

March 1, 2011 is the release date for Sliding Into the New Year, Book One of the YaYa & YoYo Series by educator Dori Weinstein. It has already received outstanding reviews from some of the most well-known leaders in American Judaism, including several rabbis from Newsweek‘s 2010 list of “The 50 Most Influential Rabbis in Ameria.” What’s it about? Thrill-loving fifth grader Ellie “YaYa” Silver has been waiting all summer to visit the brand new indoor water park in town. She is ecstatic when her best friend, Megan, invites her to go—that is until her twin brother, Joel (YoYo), points out that Megan is going on Rosh Hashanah. Sure, Rosh Hashanah is a big deal, but so is Splash World! What will Ellie do?

Complete title information and reviews can be found on the book’s page at the Yotzeret Publishing website.

Also expected in March 2011 is Friends Forever by debut author Amy Ariel. Two Jewish girls become friends across time when a modern-day St. Paul girl suddenly finds herself in her own yard…in 1912. Racial equality, worker’s rights and women’s right to vote create the backdrop in this coming-of-age novel that brings history alive. Rebecca Davis, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware has this to say: “In Friends Forever Amy Ariel demonstrates a keen sense of how a midwestern Jewish girl might have experienced the social, cultural, and political transformations of the early twentieth century. Ariel does a commendable job of animating her story with historical details.”

Complete title information and reviews are forthcoming.

New distribution to the retail trade

As of December 2010, Yaldah Publishing books are now distributed to the retail trade by Partners Publishers Group (PPG). You can still order directly from Yaldah Publishing and get great service and quick turnaround, as well as industry-standard discounts for resellers. (If you’re in the Twin Cities, MN, we’ll even deliver books, saving you shipping costs.) Or you can order through your favorite wholesaler, including Baker & Taylor and Ingram.

An important note on the Yaldah nameYaldah Publishing was launched in July 2002 with the goal of publishing adult and children’s books written from a Jewish perspective for all audiences. We published our first book in 2003. As a verb, yaldah means “gave birth.” Many authors will tell you that writing and publishing a book is much like giving birth to a child, and it is those labor pains for which Yaldah Publishing is named.

In Fall 2004, a teenage girl from Massachusetts began a Jewish girl’s magazine called YALDAH aimed primarily at the Orthodox community. United States trademark law sees book publishing and magazine publishing as different types of businesses, and therefore no trademark violation. At the end of 2008, the YALDAH Magazine folks created Yaldah Media, Inc. to oversee their activities, which now included a girls’ retreat. In 2009 they announced plans to start publishing books under the Yaldah Media name. After legal intervention, they changed their book publishing name to YM Books, but continue to add the line “an imprint of Yaldah Media, Inc.”

Yaldah Publishing is not affiliated in any way with Yaldah Media, Inc. or YALDAH Magazine. Yaldah Publishing is committed to giving voice to work that reflects the diversity of Jews and Jewish practice. Our books are accessible to readers of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Thank you for your continued support of independent Jewish publishing!

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