Transatlantic is excited to share that three of our authors have been included in Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2021: OTHER BOYS by Damian Alexander, KLEZMER! by Kyra Teis, and OSNAT AND HER DOVE by Sigal Samuel. 

This list is the result of work by the 101 Great Books for Kids committee at Evanston Public Library and represents some of the best books of the year that they believe should not be missed!

OTHER BOYS by Damian Alexander is featured in the Comics and Graphic Novels category and details the author’s struggles with bullying, the death of his mother, and coming out. Damian Alexander is a cartoonist and storyteller who grew up in and around Boston. His first graphic novel, Other Boys, is based off his viral and award winning autobiographical webcomics. Damian’s illustrations and comic shorts can be found on The Trevor Project, The Nib, and others. He is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.

KLEZMER! by Kyra Teis appears in the nonfiction picture book category and follows a child as she makes an exciting music-filled visit to her grandparents’ apartment, where she learns all about the evolution of klezmer music in America. Kyra Teis is a children’s book author-illustrator, a graphic novelist, and an avid sewer of costumes. She is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.

OSNAT AND HER DOVE by Sigal Samuel tells the true story of the world’s first female rabbi, mixing fact with surreal folk tale to tell her story in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Sigal Samuel is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Currently a Staff Writer at Vox, she previously worked as Religion Editor at The Atlantic, Opinion Editor at the Forward, and Associate Editor at the Daily Beast. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. The Mystics of Mile End, her debut novel, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Sigal hails from an Iraqi Jewish family in Montreal, and now lives in Washington, DC. Sigal is represented by Samantha Haywood.

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