Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \ 

Yona Tepper

Yona Tepper was born at Kibbutz Dafna in 1941 and studied education and creative drama. She taught for many years and later became school principal. She is currently editor for children and youth at Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House. Tepper has published many books for children and youth. She has been awarded the Prime Minister's Prize (2001), the Ze'ev Prize twice (1995; 2005) an IBBY Honor Citation (2007), the Israel Ministry of Science and Culture Award (2008) and the Devorah Omer Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2015).

Yona Tepper

Books Published in Hebrew

Unforgettable Moments (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Rega She-Kashe Lishkoah]
Squills on Paper (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1985 [Hatzavim Al Niyar]
Mother’s Little Perfume Bottle (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Bakbuk Ha-Bosem Shel Ima]
The Birthday Surprise (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Shupuli Le-Yom Huledet]
Avital and the Water Snake (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1988 [Avital U-Nehash Ha-Mayim]
Little Raisin Cake (youth) , Zmora-Bitan, 1988 [Liftan Tzimukim Ha-Ktana]
Little Tammy and the Big Storm (children-picture bk), Maariv, 1990 [Tammy Ha-Ktana Ve-Ha-Mabul Ha-Gadol]
David Half-and-Half (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [David “Hetzi-Hetzi”]
When Are You Coming Back? (youth) , Schocken, 1991 [Matai Ata Hozer?]
Jonathan and the Protector of the Jonoins (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Yonatan Ve-Magen Ha-Yonoinim]
The Rider from the Milky Way (children), Massada, 1993 [Ha-Ofanoʹan Mi-Shvil He-Halav]
The Wonder Seed (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Yedioth Ahronoth, 1993 [Pele Zera-Etz]
To the Hidden Valley (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1994 [Ha-Masah El Ha-Emek Ha-Nistar]
Leaving Home (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1994 [La’azov Bayit]
Awakening Love (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Ve-Rak Me-Ahavah]
Noam, Dori and Half of the Twins (children), Massada, 1995 [Noam, Dori Va-Hatzi Ha-Teomim]
Children Orchestra (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Tizmoret Yeladim]
Princess "I Can Do Everything Myself" (children-picture bk) , Massada, 1996; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Ha-Nesichah “Yecholah Ha-Col Be-Atzmi”]
Raggy, Hakibbutz Hameuchad (children-picture bk), 1996 [Maruti]
Looking for Spring (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1996; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Michal Mehapeset Et Ha-Aviv]
When Will I Have a Dog? (children-picture bk), Matar, 1997; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2006 [Matai Kvar Yihiye Li Kelev?; Ani Rotze Kelev!]
You Don’t Care for Me at All (children) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1998 [Ve-Alai Lo Ichpat Lach]
The Stranger with the Camera (children) , Keter, 1998 [Be-Ikvot Ha-Zar Im Ha-Matzlemah]
Whoʹs Tail Is This? (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Shel Mi Ha-Zanav Ha-Ze?]
You Look Terrific When You Laugh (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Matʹim Lach Kacha She-At Tzoheket]
Saar’s Heavenly Horse (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 [Sus Ha-Shamaim Shel Saar]
Surprise at Home (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000; 2012 [Haftaʹa Ba-Bayit]
Bearsʹ Day of Rest (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2001 [Shabat Ha-Dubim]
Yasminʹs Treasure (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Ha-Otzar Shel Yasmin]
The Princess Seven Stones (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Shava Avney Ha-Nesicha]
Who Will Rescue Peanut? (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2003 [Mi Yatzil Et Boten?]
Sleepingbag (children-picture bk), Korʹim, 2004 [Sakshena]
Who Is Passing By? (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004; board bk: 2008 [Yael Metzitza La-Rchov]
The Cow Bina Leaves Binyamina (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2010 [ Bina Nosaʹat Mi-Binyamina]
Picnic with Grandpa (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005 [Picnic Im Saba]
As a Stab of a Knife (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005 [Kmo Dkirat Sakin]
Winged Secret (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2006 [Sod Im Knafaim]
Small Stones of Love (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Avanim Ktanot Shel Ahava]
What Do You Have in the Basket? (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Ma Yesh Lach Ba-Sal?]
Omega the King of the Sea and Brave Alsepa (children-picture bk), Matar, 2007 [Omega Melech Ha-Yam Ve-Alsepa Ha-Amitza]
What Kind of Name Is Theodora? (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Eize Min Shem Ze Teodora]
Who Is Taller? (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2009 [Mi Hachi Gavoha?]
Messyteddy (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009 [Dubilbul]
What I Kept Inside (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010 [Ma She-Histarti Ba-Beten]
Eyal’s Monster Catcher (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2010 [Loched Ha-Miflatzot Shel Eyal]
Hadas’s Secret Flight (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Ha-Tissa Ha-Sodit Shel Hadas]
On the Way to Mom (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2011 [Ba-Derech Le-Ima]
A Hero or a Savage (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012 [Gibor O Pere]
Catch Me If You Can (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2012 [Lo Tasig Oti]
Written in Sand and Water (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2013 [Katuv Ba-Chol U-Va- Mayim]
Tiki's Secret Cheerleader (children), Sifriat Poalim, 2015 [Ha-Me'odedet Ha-Sodit Shel Tiki]
A Tiny Whale in the Lake (children-picture bk), Sifriat Poalim, 2016 [Livyatan Katan Ba-Kineret]
The Oil Lamp of Uri and Uriah (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2016 [Ner Ha-Shemen Shel Uri Ve-Uriah]
I Can Do It Too! (children-picture bk) , Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Kacha Gam Ani Yechola!]
A Man Named Lion (youth), Sifriat Poalim, 2017 [Ish U-Shmo Aryeh]

Books in Translation

Arabic: Haifa, Dar al-Huda, 1998 
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1993
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1992
Korean: Seoul, Joongang M&B, 1999; Seoul, Random House Korea, 2002
English: San Diego, Kane & Miller, 2010
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 2012
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!