Books by Kristina Swarner

LIGHT THE MENORAH! by Jacqueline Jules
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A thoughtful exhortation to have 'the light of freedom always burn brightly in our homes and in our hearts.' (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
A handbook to help families make Hanukkah—the Jewish Festival of Lights—even more meaningful. Read full book review >
THE MITTEN STRING by Jennifer Rosner
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sentimental family story celebrating a close-knit community. (brief knitting glossary, brief sign language glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hand-knit mittens provide more than warmth. Read full book review >
ZAYDE COMES TO LIVE by Sheri Sinykin
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though Rachel's quest takes place within a Jewish context, her emotions and situation are near universal, and this artful book handles both well. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Though many parents tend to shield their young children from the realities of terminal illness, this picture book looks at death through the concerned and loving eyes of a child who begins to understand the concept behind the "circle of life." Read full book review >
GATHERING SPARKS by Howard Schwartz
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"The second-person free-verse text is complemented by dreamy, nature-filled mixed-media paintings in smudgy purple, blue and green hues that extend the theme that all are responsible, in whatever small way, for creating and maintaining a peaceful world. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 4-6)"
On a clear night a young child is told of a time spent with Grandfather learning about how and why the stars appear in the sky. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED LIONS by David T. Greenberg
Released: May 1, 2009

"An enchanting bedtime caper. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the "sea is a maze of swirls" and the "night is ablaze with pearls," Rose opens her shutters and discovers enchanted lions rising from the ocean to cavort on the sand. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Howard Schwartz
Released: April 1, 2005

"Schwartz closes with discussions of the tale's sources, and of the idea of guardian angels in general; the emotional intensity of his offering will linger with children of any cultural tradition. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this retold midrash, a father explains to his son how the angel Lailah brought him from the Treasury of Souls, placed him in a seed, taught him many secrets, tales and languages while he grew in the womb, then at the moment of his birth touched his lip, which not only caused him to forget all that had gone before, but left that indentation in the skin that everyone has. Read full book review >