What Does a 12-year old Have to Say about the book?

Twelve-year-old Sofia Lavine wrote this review of “Hannah G. Solomon Dared to Make a Difference” :

“I was deeply inspired by the Hannah G Solomon Dared to make difference book by Bonnie Lindauer and Sofia Moore!

Reading the book made me believe that anything is possible, and change is something anyone can do. Hannah G. Solomon, being the main character, is such a great inspiration for people all around the world, especially for young girls like me. This world is not always on its brightest side. Women like Hannah, change that.

How this book was illustrated vividly showed fascinating moments of courage and action that I did not think were possible. Not only was this book inspiring, but it was also entertaining! The illustrations perfectly matched the words. Reading the book, I could easily follow the story line and just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I was amazed how with very few words the writer was able to present so much detail.

In addition, this book truly shows that women are not just to sit down and look pretty but are great individuals with the potential to change the world and make it the best it can be. It made me think of all great women in my life and appreciate them even more.

This book is perfect for all age divisions because it tells both kids and adults how much you can do to change the world if you are brave and have passion for justice. I think that the book should be taught and appreciated for its morals and inspiring stories.

This book is one of the best picture books I have ever read. For the people who have not read it yet, please do so. You will feel enriched and inspired to better the world.

Thank you, Bonnie Lindauer and Sofia Moore, for your great book! This will be a book I will never forget!


Outcome from Jewish Network Conference

As a result of my two-minute pitch at the Jewish Network Conference in May, I’ve been invited to make a presentation and book talk to children in 3rd to 5th grades at the Sutton Place Synagogue’s Jackson Religious School, New York City, on Feb. 2, 2022.  Really excited about this!  




Kirkus Review is good


I was so excited when my wonderful editor, Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing, notified me that “Hannah G. Solomon Dared to Make a Difference” was favorably reviewed in the important children’s book review source, Kirkus Reviews.  Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“…As an adult Hannah was the first Jewish woman admitted to the Chicago Women’s Club. She fought tirelessly for women’s advancements against male domination both within Orthodox Judaism and in the general society. From a conference of Jewish women that she organized came the National Council of Jewish Women, an organization that worked directly with people in need and pushed for new laws to address poverty, housing, and education. She also expanded her activism to the women’s suffrage movement. Lindauer presents Solomon’s groundbreaking accomplishments in clear, concise language with great admiration, stressing her persistence and determination…An interesting, informative account of a little-known woman of great achievement.”  https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/bonnie-lindauer/hannah-g-solomon-dared-to-make-a-difference/


Surprise Package arrived July 2nd

What a surprise when I found a box outside my door. I didn’t expect to find 12 copies of my debut picture book biography, since it isn’t released until Sept 1, 2021. It’s so different to hold, read and see the final product than just all the draft and preliminary illustrations along this two-year process!  The illustrator, Sofia Moore, did such a fabulous job. It’s SO true that the illustrations tell at least half of the story of a picture book. Thank you Kar-Ben, especially my editor, Joni Sussman.

Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers

As a reading tutor for second graders for several years, I’ve learned that you need a lot of approaches to hook the reluctant reader. A few of my tried and true “tricks” included having them make up a story that I write down, they illustrate, and then read back to me; getting two or three kids together and we all take turns reading a 1/2 page or so; and asking the child to tell me the story from the illustrations and then pick out the hard words for which we then made flash cards.

I was so happy to discover a blog post from award-winning, former teacher Laura Candler where she shares 12 ways to motivate reluctant readers. Check it out here. 

2021 Jewish Book Council’s Network’s Conference

As part of the 2021 Jewish Book Council’s Network’s Conference, I had the opportunity on May 26th to present to a zoom audience of about 250 people a two-minute pitch for my book “Hannah G. Solomon Dared to Make a Difference.” It was so fascinating to hear so many other authors talk about their books. The conference attendees represent a variety of Jewish cultural and community organizations who invite authors for programs. Hopefully, I’ll be invited to one or more of these organizations as a presenter. Would love to make a classroom visit to share the activities I’ve created for my book.