Wow, it’s been such an extremely busy but exciting time since I last communicated with you.  It’s way too long since I put up a post on WHAT’S NEW.  I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll try to tell you some of the highlights of what’s been going on in life with books, kids, adults and travel.  You’re looking at a photograph of fifth graders from Sierra Vista Elementary School in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Did you know that there was a Las Vegas in New Mexico.  I didn’t.  I only learned that when I was contacted by Jacqueline Gomez, the teacher of these students. See how much you can learn every day?  We visited three times, all by SKYPE.  They read my books, prepared questions for me and we chatted away.  It was great.  I’m hoping some day to get to this school to meet in person with other students. Look at the photo and you can meet these fifth graders from Sierra Vista.

In October I traveled to France to do research for a new …

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Where in the World is Doreen Rappaport?

I’ve been on a whirlwind of traveling and it’s been exciting and rewarding.  In October I went to Massachusetts, New York, Washington, DC and Florida.

In Florida, I visited with kids at Beth Am Day School in Miami and then to Sinai Academy in North Miami Beach where I met with kids and their parents.   Here I am with some of the great kids I met in Beth Am.

Then off, to the Dave and Mary Alpert Jewish Community Center in Miami for their Annual Holocaust Workshop for Public and Private School Teachers. The Jewish Book Council sponsored my visit.  It was a great honor to be on a program with Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, a prominent Holocaust scholar who fled Nazi Europe when she was a small child, and Dr. Mary Johnson, a historian of so many subjects it takes your breath away. Dr. Johnson is part of the wonderful organization, Facing History and Ourselves. I spoke to teachers about my book, Beyond Courage, and …

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Visiting Classrooms Around the World via Skype™!

Wow, isn’t the new technology wonderful.  I can visit classrooms around the world – speak with students and answer questions about my books – from my home, local library…wherever.

Last year I spoke by Skype™ with students at the American International School in Buenos Aires.  On October 15, of this year, I spoke with fifth graders in North Harlem Elementary School in Harlem, Georgia.  The students had just finished reading my book, Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln,” and asked all sorts of questions about how I put the book together, found the quotes, and then worked with my editor and illustrator.

What’s next?  I hope lots more conversations with students in America and around the world.

We hope to arrange a National Skype™ Tour for Beyond Courage during April 2013.

The Beyond Courage Skype™ Tour will honor Jewish resisters during the Holocaust featured in my book and Holocaust Remembrance Day [Yom HaShoah] which begins in the evening of Sunday, April 7 and ends in the evening of Monday, April 8, 2013.  

We’ll share more information soon!



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