All posts by anna

From non-fiction (Love on A Wire, about on-line dating in the 1800s), to picture book stories based on folk tales (The Old Woman and her Mule) from poetry for the younger crowd (Ninth Inning, Take A Bow, both winners of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award), to Young Adult poetry published in YARN and CICADA (Mutable Matters, Saxophone Summer – also an SCBWI Mag. Merit award winner) and now with a third archaeological picture book on the way and an adult manuscript in the works – I’ve published for many different ages and in different genres. Each new manuscript is a new adventure. Please visit my website for many other poems and short stories, some of which I’ve reprinted on my site. I live in Israel. Inspiration comes from looking out my window.

Stand up!

This week’s portion, on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashana is Nitzavim: אַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם, “On this day, you shall stand.”(Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30)

What does it mean to ‘stand up for’ or ‘stand up to someone’? What does it mean to ‘take a stand.’ Learning to trust oneself and stand up for someone, or something you believe to be true, despite the naysayers, takes strength and self-confidence, qualities that we can work on over time.

Seat the students in a circle. Toss a rubber or foam ball between them. As a student catches the ball encourage that student to say one thing that she is good at and something that someone else does well before tossing the ball back to you (this way you can make sure everyone gets a turn). Learning to recognizing the abilities of others is a way to begin standing up for them and to begin building a strong community.

The New Year! A New Moon! A chance to start over.


SPEAK UP! Help students voice their thoughts this Rosh Hashana

Fruits a the shuk SPEAK UP! Happy Rosh Hashana

The New Year is a time to imagine changes and challenges. Giving voice to our hopes and dreams are steps toward defining these aspirations. And what is the first step to achieving these goals? Voicing them! Learning to express what we want is the first step, and not an easy one, in moving towards a goal. As Channah says in the Haftorah portion that is read on the Shabbat of Rosh Hashana: וָאֶשְׁפֹּךְ אֶת נַפְשִׁי “I have poured out my soul.”

Parents and teachers help children learn to express desires without selfishness or shame. Suggest that each child come up with three wishes : one for themselves, one for another person and one for everyone. You may be surprised to learn what’s on their minds.

Rosh Hashana is a time to think and to encourage,to reflect about how we can improve our world. Put their important words around the room. Quote them as we quote famous people, as visual reminders for the coming year.


Collect all three Jodie books today! See what the reviewers have to say.

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Twice on the PJ list in English and once on the PJ Spanish edition. Jodie’s Hanukkah Dig has reached thousands of children giving them a feel for archaeology, Israel and the joy of discovering Jewish history.

“Levine…writes knowledgeably about the details of archaeological work, including the thrill of discovery, the backbreaking work of digging in the hot sun, and its importance to the historical record… A good choice for classes studying history or countries.” Booklist of the American Library Association.

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Interweaving history and adventure, Levine takes young readers on a Passover Jodie's Passover Adventure Cover mediumtrip worth pursuing…Levine’s plot takes kids to a place where the past and the present converge in exciting new ways. Ages 5–9. (Feb.)