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Jonathan Yavin

Jonathan Yavin was born in New York in 1972. He holds a BA in philosophy and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yavin started writing professionally at age 19 and later wrote personal columns and political essays for the Hebrew press - Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth in particular. He has also participated in many TV and radio shows. At present, he teaches creative writing and is op-ed columnist for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth. Yavin has written children's books, young-adult and adult novels. His first children's book, When I Grow Up..., has been reprinted ten times since its publication in 2002. Pumpkin the Kitten has become a set text for kindergarten and elementary schools. 
Yavin has received the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize for Pumpkin the Kitten (2011) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2011). His book, Oh, Brother, won the Israel Museum award for illustration (2006).

Books Published in Hebrew

When I Grow Up... (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2002 [Hachi Hayiti Rotzeh Lihiyot]
Baba Gee (novel) , Am Oved, 2004 [Baba Gee]
Pumpkin the Kitten (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2004 [He-Chatul Dla'at Meshaneh et Ha-Da'at]
Oh, Brother (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2005 [Achla Ach]
Zehavim (youth) , Am Oved, 2006 [Zehavim]
When Dad was Sad, Am Oved, 2008 [Kshe-Aba Haya Atzuv]
Anti (youth) , Am Oved, 2010 [Anti]
HouseSitter (novel) , Amikam, 2011 [ShmarBayit]
Building a Story (non-fiction) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir, 2012 [Bonim Sipur]
Dorri the Dragon (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2013 [Doron Ha-Drakon]
The Mizanthropist (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Ha-Mizantrop]
King Leo Retires (children-picture bk) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Ha-Melech Ah'raleh Poresh]
Love vs Friendship (youth) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2017 [Ahava Beged Haverut]
Cockatoo Hairdo (children-picture bk) , Am Oved, 2017 [Gozalim Ba'Rosh]

Books in Translation

Arabic: Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2006
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 2019
Chinese: Fuzhou, Fujian Science and Technology Press, forthcoming

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