Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz

Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz (1909-1998) was born into a literary family in Vilnius, Lithuania, where Hebrew was spoken at home. In 1922, she immigrated with her family to Eretz Israel.
As a young girl, she taught in a school for workers` children in Tel Aviv and co-published a series of children`s books. From 1929 to 1932, she studied education and psychology with Alfred Adler and Anna Freud at Berlin University, and also graduated from the Jugendheim Seminar. She worked for over 20 years in kindergartens in Israel, both as a teacher and as principal.
Avidar-Tchernovitz began publishing at age 12. She published 43 books for children and young readers. A number of her books have been adapted for stage and screen. She translated many children`s classics into Hebrew, and received both the Ze`ev Prize (1983) and the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1984). Her diaries were published posthumously, in 2003.
Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz

Books Published in Hebrew

Secret Diaries, The Yemima Center for Childrenʹs Literature/ Beit Berl College, Dvir, 2003 [Yomanim Gnuzim Min Ha-Shanim 1919-1936]
Stories for Rama, Stybel, 1936 [Sipurim Le-Rama]
Daliah, Hatkufah, 1940 [Daliah]
Naughty Muki, Massada, 1943 [Muki Ha-Shovav]
Awake Spring, Yavneh, 1943 [Ura Maʹayan]
The Swallow Tells Me, Massada, 1944 [Ha-Snunit Mesaperet]
Eight on the Track of One (youth) , Twersky, 1945; abridged ed., Keter, 1996 [Shmonah Be-Ikvot Ehad]
He Will Bring Them, Twersky, 1945 [Hu Yavi Otam]
A Pair of Shoes, Twersky, 1945 [Zug Naʹalaim]
Grandpa Moon, Yavne, 1945 [Saba Yareah]
One of Ours, Twersky, 1947; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Echad Mi-Shelanu]
Kindergarten Songs (3 vols. With Levin Kipnis), Twersky, 1947-1952 [Gan Gani Alef]
The Toysʹ visit, Massada, 1949; Am Oved, 2017 [Bikur Ha-Tzaʹatzuim]
Two Friends on the Road, Twersky, 1950 [Shnei Reʹim Yatzu La-Derech]
The Magic Chain, Newman, 1952 [Sharsheret Ha-Kesamim]
The Winding Path, Twersky, 1955 [Ba-Shvil Ha-Mitpatel]
Kushi and Nushi, Massada, 1955 [Kushi Ve-Nushi]
The Secret Circle, Dvir Li-Yladim, 1955 [Be-Mʹaagal Ha-Starim]
Home, Am Oved, 1960 [Habaita]
Stories for Nivi, Massada, 1962 [Sipurim Le-Nivi]
Grandmaʹs Dove, Massada, 1963 [Ha-Yonah Shel Savta]
The Daughter, Massada, 1966 [Ha-Bat]
Towers in Jerusalem, Massada, 1968 [Migdalim Bi-Yerushalayim]
Diligent Girls, Yizreʹel, 1968 [Yeladot Harutzot]
Operation 52, Massada, 1971 [Mivtzah 52]
Michali, Massada, 1974 [Michali]
Really?, Sifriat Poalim, 1978 [Be-Emet?]
Fire Chariot, Lichtenfeld-Bronfman, 1979 [Rechev Esh]
Tantan comes to Visit, Massada, 1979 [Tantan Ba Le-Hitareah]
Muki is Angry with Mum, Massada, 1980 [Muki Be-Rogez Al Ima]
Grandmaʹs Teddy Bear Goes North, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Duby Shel Savta Yotze La-Tzafon]
Three Diligent Girls, Domino, 1983 [Shalosh Yeladot Harutzot]
Hello Grandma,Itʹs Me Talking, Keter, 1984 [Hallo Savta, Zo Ani Medaberet]
Daddyʹs Parachuterʹs Boots, Lichtenfeld, 1984 [Naʹalei Ha-Tzanhanim Shel Aba]
Mommy ʹIm Bored!, Keter, 1986 [Ima, Meshaʹamem Li!]
Grandma Wears Sportwear, Massada, 1988 [Savta Be Training]
You Will Not Keep Me at Home, Keter, 1988 [Oti Lo tashiru Ba-Bait]
Little Fibbs, Keter, 1990 [Shkarim Ktanim]
Who Kidnapped Boaz? Keter, 1992 [Mi Hataf Et Boaz?]
Stories for Roee, Keter, 1993 [Sipurim Le-Roee]
Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz’s Big Book, Am Oved, 1995 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Gadol Shel Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz]
Grandma Through the Windows, Keter, 1997 [Savta Yatzʹa Me-Ha-Chalonot]

Books in Translation

Kindergarten Songs (Gan-Gani)
English: Tel Aviv, Twersky, 1957

The Daughter: Diary of an Israeli Girl
English: Ramat Gan, Massada Press, 1969

Spanish: Buenos Aires, Editorial Israel, 1961

One of Our Own
Spanish: Buenos Aires, Editorial Israel, 1953

Two Friends on the Road
Russian: Jerusalem, Aliya, 1993