I open my Libby account to find an e-book has arrived. I rarely request e-books, but I open this picture book and fall in love. It's the perfect book for Shelly, my friend who just spoke to her scholarship group about Passover. I wish it had arrived sooner, so I could have shared it with her before her Passover presentation.
I wonder how I knew to request this book from the library. Later that day, I'm searching the ALA (American Library Association) Youth Media Awards page and discover why I requested this particular book from the library. It won the picture book category for the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award, an award recognizing titles for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.
Shelly's birthday is next week. I call Island Books and they have a copy in stock. I pick it up on Friday, share it with my daughter on Saturday, and find it impossible to wait for Shelly's birthday. I drive to her place on Monday, give her the book, and then proceed to read it to her. She loves it! You will too! The illustrations are gorgeous and the text captures the warmth of a family gathering, the light inside juxtaposed against the darkness outside.
Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tale
by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Susan Gal
Have you had a book arrive in your life at a just-right time like Welcoming Elijah did for me?