For Israel. For Tisha B’Av.

Tisha B’Av is this Tuesday. Because of all that’s going on in Israel, it’s going to be even more meaningful than usual for me, I think.

So I thought it was appropriate for this months image to be one that shows support for Israel, and the hope that Jerusalem, and all of Israel, enjoys a  full and lasting peace. Bimhara Yamaynu, amen.

Click and print to share it with your kids or campers.
jerusalemshalom(If you need it as a pdf, click here: jerusalemshalom)

NEW Summer Coloring Page

Hooray, no work today–so I had time to make a coloring page. Fourth of July is about Freedom= the freedom to draw and be creative, and make coloring pages, I guess.

And cook for Shabbat…

Anyway, this one was fun to draw–hope you like! Just print and click. (and if that’s not working for you…here it is as a PDF: summer fish)


Summer Camp Coloring

Here’s a round up of some Summer coloring pages. (Plus…if your kid is learning to swim, you might like to read them all about Noah!)

Hope you enjoy the sun!

Wheeee! --From  "Noah

Wheeee! –From “Noah




Top Ten PR Tips

In my new role at Behrman House Publishers, I recently wrote a list of tips for our authors. Thought some of you fun folks out there might find it useful as well:

Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Book to

Your Readers:

What YOU Can Do to Support

Your Book



#10 Tell your friends: Your friends (your Mom!) are your biggest fans and telling them can help the word get out like nothing else.



#9 The Internet: Do you have a website? A facebook page? If you don’t already have one, consider signing up for a free account.



#8 Speaking and events: Let organizations in your community know you are available to speak. You can tell the story behind your book, where you got your ideas–anything!



#7 Local media: Local and Jewish papers are often looking for new, unique content. Call or email them and introduce yourself. And if they are too busy to write an article…



#6 Offer to write one yourself!



#5  The blogosphere: Offer bloggers an interview, and invite them to review your book. Or, volunteer to do a Q&A or write a guest post.



#4: Fill in the blank: To promote his picture book, “Bats at the Beach”, author Brian Lies transformed his car into a book signing Bat- Mobile. What unique tactics could work for your book?



 #3 Make it easy: Whenever you contact anyone, attach: 1) A JPEG image of the book cover. 2) Your credit info (like this: Article by Ann D. Koffsky)



#2 Look at your inbox: What organizations are contacting you? Anyone who is contacting you can be contacted back—tell them you wrote a book!



#1 Giveaways: Folks like free stuff! Run an online raffle on facebook. Or, if you don’t want to run it yourself, donate a copy of a book to a worthy organization and let them use it as a prize for their own raffle.



Don’t forget to follow Behrman House on facebook at

Heidi, Dena & Me!

So fun to hang out with Heidi Estrin and Dena Neusner at Book Expo! You can discover Jewish Books on Heidi’s podcast at

Jessie Marie is Awesome!

Just wanted to give a shoot-out to Jessica Marie Boehret. Jessica, THANK YOU so much for saving me at the Book Expo coat check line, and slipping me the $3 to check my suitcase. I’d forgotten take cash that day and she was really a lifesaver, swooping in to help little old me, a complete stranger.


So nice to know that there are genuinely kind people out there!

Jessica blogs about and reviews YA books at–go check her out!




Shavuot Coloring Page

Just click on the image and print for Shavuot coloring fun.Print(Or click here to get it as a pdf: torah)

Yom Ha’atzmaut–Israel Independence Day

flag4(And here it is as a pdf: flag4)

#19 Frog-A-Day: Bedtime Frog

“Mom, I don’t want to go to bed yet!” ribbits this frog, as he peeking out from under his blanket.

From Frogs in the Bed ©Ann D. Koffsky

From Frogs in the Bed ©Ann D. Koffsky

#18 Frog-A-Day: Teddy Frog

Even frogs need a teddy.

From Frogs in the Bed ©Ann D. Koffsky

From Frogs in the Bed ©Ann D. Koffsky