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Nira Harel

Nira Harel was born in Tel Aviv in 1936. She holds a BA in sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in education from Tel Aviv University. She has taught, worked as journalist and broadcaster, produced study programs for the Ministry of Education, edited a children's magazine and served as chief editor for children's books at Am Oved Publishing House. At present, she is editor of a website that encourages children to read. Since 1970, Harel has published more than 60 books for children and a book of feuilletons. She has been awarded the Ze'ev Prize (1986), an Andersen Honor Citation (1994), the Prix Espace Enfants (France, 1998), a citation from the Fondation Espace Enfants (France, 2000), the Fania Bergstein Prize (2002) the Prime Minister's Prize (2007), the Arik Einstein Prize (2014) and the Devorah Omer Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2016). Her books have been published in 12 languages.

Nira Harel

Books Published in Hebrew

Small Children as Adults (children), Tarbut Vehinuch, 1970; Am Oved, 1982; Zebra, 2007 [Ktanim Ki-Gdolim]
Who's Afraid of a Housewife? (feuilletons), Lewin-Epstein, 1971 [Mi Mefached Me-Akeret Ha-Bayit?]
Osnat and Me (children-picture bk), Massada, 1973 [ Ke-She-Osnat Va-Ani]
Such Mud! (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1975 [Eizeh Botz!]
One, Two, Mishmash (children), Massada, 1976; 1987 [Achat, Shtayim, Bilbulayim]
Noah-No-Brain (children-picture bk) , 1977; Ha'etgar, 1985; Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Noʹah Bli Moah]
Suddenly, the Door Was Shut (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1977 [Pit'om Nisgera Ha-Delet]
Tif-Taf Tales [two vols.] (children), Massada, 1978 [Alilot Tif-Taf]
Stories from the Shoe Closet (children), Am Oved, 1978 [Sipurim Me-Aron Ha-Na'alayim]
A Tale of Three Long Braids (children-picture bk), Mssada, 1979 [Ma'aseh Be-Shalosh Tzamot Arukot]
It's Hard to Stop After Getting Used to: And Other Stories (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [Ke-She-Mitraglim Kasheh Lehafsik]
Trouble (children), Massada, 1980 [Tzarot]
Noa’s Sign Language (children-picture bk) , Keter, 1980; 2014 [Sfat Ha-Simanim Shel Noa]
It Happened in Our Block [Stories of an Apartment House] (children), Keter, 1981; 2016 [Sipurei Ha-Bayit Ha-Meshutaf]
It Happened at the Pedestrian Crossing (children-picture bk), Massada, 1981; Keter, 1991 [Maʹase She-Haya Be-Maʹavar Hatzaya]
Aliza the Goat Is Looking at Pictures (children-picture bk), Keter, 1983; Zebra, 2007 [Ha-Iza Aliza Mistakelet Ba-Albom]
The Marvelous Flying Horse (children), Massada, 1983 [Sus Ha-Peleh Ha-Meofef: Sipurim Min Ha-Mitologya Ha-Yevanit]
A Cookie for Hagit (children-picture bk), Ha'etgar, 1983 [Ugit La-Hagit]
Tali's Kindergarten (children-picture-bk), Ha'etgar, 1983 [Ha-Gan Shel Tali]
You Can Leave a Message (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 1983; new ed. 1995 [Efshar Lehashir Hodaʹah]
Miki Stop It! (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1984 [Miki Tafsiki!]
Weekly Legends (children), Am Oved, 1985 [Ma'asiyot Le-Chol Ha-Shavua]
A New Hat (youth) , Am Oved, 1985 [Kova Chadash]
Osnat Tales (children), Massada, 1986 [Sipurim Al Osnat]
Who Awakened Shai (children-picture bk), Keter, 1986 [Mi He'ir Et Shai]
Birthday Present (children), Ma'alot, 1987 [Matana Le-Yom Huledet]
Certainly and Impossible (children), Am Oved, 1987 [Davka Ken Ve-Ee Efshar]
Assaf''s Mother Writes Letters (children), Am Oved, 1987 [Ima Shel Assaf Kotevet Michtavim]
Frontal Collision (youth) , Am Oved, 1989 [Hitnagshut Chazitit]
Where Is the Patience? (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1989 [Eifo Ha-Savlanut]
A Box Tied with a Ribbon (children), Massada, 1990 [Kufsa Kshura Be-Seret]
More Stories from the Shoe Closet (children), Am Oved, 1991 [Od Sipurim Me-Aron Ha-Na'alayim]
Nira Harelʹs Big Book (children), Am Oved, 1992 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Nira Harel]
Small Children Small Troubles (children), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1992 [Yeladim Ktanim Tzarot Ktanot]
A Different Father (youth), Keter, 1992 [Aba Acher]
Smadar Is Looking for a Friend (children-picture bk), Ha'etgar, 1993 [Smadar Mechapeset Chaver]
One Too Many (youth) , Am Oved, 1993 [Echad Yoter Midai]
What’s Your Name (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1994 [Tagidi Eich Kor'im Lach]
Police Detective Yoash (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1994 [Yoash Balash Chalash]
It's Not So Bad to Move to a New Home (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Zeh Lo Nora La'avor Dira]
What Does Grandpa Say? (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 1995; board bk: 2014 [Eich Oseh Saba?]
And Yael Too (children) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 1995 [Gam Yael]
It's Different in a Film (children), Am Oved, 1995 [Be-Seret Zeh Acheret]
Herzl (youth) , Reches, 1996 [Lev Katan Gadol: Sipuro Shel Herzl]
That! (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1997, 2015 [Et Zeh!]
Peek-a-Boo (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1997; baord bk: Zebra, 2016 [Kukoo]
Do What I Say (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 1998 [Ta'asi Ma She-Ani Omeret]
Shabat Shalom (children), Am Oved, 1999 [Shabat Shalom]
It's Hard to Stop After Getting Used to (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999 [Ke-She-Mitraglim, Kasheh Lehafsik]
A Family Photo (children-picture bk), Keter 1999; 2015 [Tmuna Mishpachtit]
The Key to My Heart (children-picture bk) , Zebra, 2000 [Mafteach Ha-Lev]
That Kind of a Friend (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim, 2002 [Kazeh Chaver]
A Tiger Named Ariel (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2003 [Namer U-Shmo Ariel]
When is Tomorrow? (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005 [Matai Ze Machar?]
Once Upon a Wand (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2006 [Ma'aseh Be-Sharvit Ksamim]
Grandpa Makes Soup (children-picture bk) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007, 2011 [Saba Bishel Marak]
The Golden Chain: Best Hebrew Poems for Children [selected & ed. by Nira Harel] (children) , Achuzat Bayit, 2007 [Sharsheret Zahav]
Tango Tales (children-picture bk) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan/ Zebra, 2010 [Sipurei Dubiel]
Two Grandmas Went on a Trip (children-picture bk), Kinneret, 2010 [Tzila Ve-Gila]
Itai Has a Bunny (children-picture bk), Zebra, 2012 [Le-Itai Yesh Arnav]
Daddy! Daddy! (children-board bk), Kinneret, 2012 [Aba! Aba!]
Big Girl (children-board bk), Kinneret, Zebra, 2014 [Yalda Gdola]
A Sleepover at Granny's (children-picture bk), Zebra, 2014 [Lishon Etzel Savta]
Cats and the City (children-picture bk), Zebra, 2016 [Shula Ve-Yula Ba-Ir Ha-Gdola]

Books in Translation

Portuguese: Sao Paulo, Trianon, 1998
Arabic: Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1997
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba. 1993
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1991; pback: Reinbeck , Rowohlt, 1993
German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1977; 1998; Munich, Omnibus, 2000
Chinese: Shanghai, Juvenile & Children Publishing House, 2000
English: New Delhi, Star, 1997
Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu (India): New Delhi, Star, 1997
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1998
English: La Jolla, California, Kane/Miller, 2003; Gurgaon, Scholastic India, 2005
German: Munich, Bombus, 2004
Hindi: Gurgaon, Scholastic India, 2005
Chinese: Beijing, People's Education Press, 2012
Korean: Seoul, Korea Schweitzer, 2011
Catalan: Barcelona, Alreves, 2011
Spanish: Madrid, SinsEntido, 2011
French: Paris, Memo, 2011

Samir Gets Glasses
English: Tel Aviv, Massada, 1981


German: Wurzburg, Arena, 1982
Danish: Copenhagen, Sommer & Sorensen, 1982
English: London, Viking Kestrel, 1984

It's No Problem
English: London, Viking/Kestrel, 1984

Maria's School
English: New York, McGraw-Hill, 1992

Where is the Patience?
Arabic: Tel-Aviv, Am Oved, 1998

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
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.
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.
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