The hunt is on for the next big author of Jewish children’s books

The Europe-wide competition is looking for both promising writers and illustrators


Jewish Children's Book awards founder Michael Leventhal

Jewish writers and illustrators from across Europe are being invited to submit their entries for the 2025 Jewish Children’s Book Awards.

The awards, now in their fourth year, aim to discover and celebrate new stories and illustrations for children, inspired by or based on Jewish history, values and traditions.

A joint venture between Jewish children’s book publisher Green Bean Books and the Jewish Literary Foundation, the awards encourage children’s authors and illustrators from the UK and Europe to submit a previously unpublished story or their own interpretation of a picture reimagined in a Jewish children’s picture book.

The prize for each category is £1,000, and all story entries will be considered for publication by Green Bean Books.

“When I first started publishing Jewish children’s books seven years ago, I realised that 90 per cent of them came from North America,” Green Bean Books publisher and award founder Michael Leventhal told the JC.

“There are great Jewish children’s writers and illustrators in Europe, but very few of them ever get published because there’s no market for Jewish content in their countries. This award gives them an incentive to write something from scratch or dust off an unfinished story and submit it.”

Leventhal said that the judges were looking for exciting, compelling, clever and innovative entries, with the aim of promoting new talent and boosting the entrants’ careers, such as that of Sharon Spitz, who won the Illustration award in 2022. She has since published a children’s book in Israel and is currently illustrating the 2023 winning story entry, And Eddie Had an Egg, written by British author Dina Leifer, which will be on the shelves next year.

Leventhal will be joined on the judging panel by author Chris Barash, writer and illustrator Omer Hoffmann, curator of children’s books at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Orna Granot, and editor of Jewish Renaissance magazine, Rebecca Taylor.

“This is a real chance to celebrate creativity and a diasporic view of Jewishness that’s not so geared towards the US market,” said Rebecca Taylor. “It would be lovely to see something that touches on the Sephardi community, which hasn’t been covered until recently. Jewish books that we read to our children sometimes have a very educational flavour, so I’m looking for something humorous, imaginative and that tells a really good, engaging story.”

Full entry criteria for the awards can be found at The closing date is 29 November 2024.

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