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RU TH S. FRANK
JWB Jewish Book Council
1983-1984
A
l l
OF
t h e
m a j o r
programs o f the Council to promote
awareness and interest in books o f Jewish interest showed signs
o f continued growth. Community-wide book fairs were held in
more than 50 community centers across the country and in Can­
ada. Plans are being made for the Second Conference on Jewish
Children’s Literature in the fall o f 1984, and for participation in
the 12th International Jerusalem Book Fair in May 1985.
National Jewish Book Aivards
A new award in the subject area o f Biography was approved by
the Executive Board and presented for the first time at the 1984
Awards Ceremony. This brings the total number o f awards to
eleven. The picture book award was not presented this year
because the judges did not find one worthy o f the award.
Announcements o f the awards were featured in
The New York
Times, Jewish Exponent
(Philadelphia),
Jewish Journal
(Brooklyn,
NY), and
The Jewish Week
(New York). Advertisements by the
award-winning publishers appeared in
the New York Times
on May
11, and May 25, 1984;
Jewish Book Month
The Jewish Book Month kits were well received by members,
schools, and libraries across the country. The general interest
poster was designed by Jay Greenspan, in the format o f a page o f
Talmud. The children’s poster was designed by Chaya M.
Burstein and adapted from The
Jewish Kids Catalog
, written and
illustrated by Mrs. Burstein and published by The Jewish Publi­
cation Society o f America. The adult booklist on the bookmark