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Ayin Hillel

Ayin Hillel (Hillel Omer, 1926-1990) was born in a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley. He served in the elite Palmach unit during Israel's 1948 War of Independence, and spent his later years in Tel Aviv. As Jerusalem's chief landscape architect from 1954 to 1969, he designed the city's botanical and biblical gardens and continued to work in landscaping after he moved to Tel Aviv. A beloved author of children's literature, he published several volumes of poetry for adults as well. Ayin Hillel received both the Fichman Prize and an Andersen Honor Citation (1976).             

Books Published in Hebrew            
The Noon Country, Sifriat Poalim, 1950 [Eretz Ha-Tzohorayim]
Nisra, The Author, 1962 [Nisra]            
Hunting Madness, Am Oved, 1964 [Teruf Toref]
Eulogy, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Hodayah]            
Speak, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1980 [Dabri]
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1982 [Yossef Ve-Eshet Potifar]
Until Now, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1983 [Ad Ko]            
Blue and Thorns, Sifriat Poalim, 1987 [Tchelet Ve-Kotzim]
Holon's Fables, Sifriat Poalim, 1991 [Mishlei Holon]
The Complete Poems, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Bialik Institue, 2012 [Kol Ha-Shirim]           

Why Does the Zebra Wear Pajamas? (children-picture-bk), Sifriat Poalim, 1959; 2014 [Lama Loveshet Ha-Zebra Pijama?]            
Abroad, Abroad!, Sifriat Poalim, 1960 [Chutz La-Aretz, Chutz La-Aretz]
Nobody Can See Me, Massada, 1967 [Oti Lir'ot Af Echad Lo Yachol]
Uncle Simcha, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1969/99 [Dodi Simcha]
I'm a Warbler, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1970 [Ani Pashosh]
Good Morning, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1971 [Boker Tov]
Bulbul, Why?, Massada, 1972 [Bulbul, Lama Kacha?]
Birdie, Birdie, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1973 [Rom Tziporim Tziporim Tzip]
A Giraffe in Blue Jeans, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Jiraf Be-Jins Kachol]
Uncle Simcha's Voice, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Kol Dodi Simcha]            
How Are You Mrs. Ladybird?, Am Oved, 1977 [Shalom Lach Parat Moshe Rabenu]
From Fly To Elephant, Keter, 1977 [Mi-Zvuv Ve-Ad Pil]
A Tale of Two Cats and Other Amimals, Keter, 1977 [Ma'aseh Be-Chatulayim U-Sh'ar Ha-Chayot Shel Ayin Hillel]
Yossi, Smart Child of Mine, Massada, 1978 [Yossi Yeled Sheli Mutzlach]            
Unbelievable, Ministry of Education, 1978 [Lo Yeuman]
When Uncle Simcha Sings, Zionist Confederation, 1984 [Ke-She-Dod Simcha Shar]
I'm a Warbler, Certainly and Maybe, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1987 [Ani Pashosh Betach Ve-Ulay]
The Book of Scribble-Songs, R. Sirkis, 1988 [Sefer Ha-Kishkushirim]            
A Cloud in My Hand, Sifriat Poalim, 1989 [Anan Ba-Yad]
It Happened to a Fawn, Kinneret, 1989 [Ma'ase Be-Ofer Ayalim]
Ayn Hillel's Big Book, Am Oved, 1992 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Ayin Hillel]             
Yossi My Wonderful Child (children-picture bk), Am Oved, 2011 [Yossi Yeled Sheli Mutzlach]
A Tale of Two Cats (children-picture bk), Modan, Noah Books, 2014 [Ma'aseh Be-Chatulayim]
Collected Poems (children), Dvir, 2015 [Shemesh Ba-Marom Zorachat]

Yoash (children-picture bk), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2017 [Yoash]

Books in Translation            
A Kibbutz Adventure 
English: London, F. Warne, 1963

Ayin Hillel

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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