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Author Mirik Snir was born in Israel in 1948, during the Israeli War of Independence. A well-known Israeli author, she has published more than 100 children’s books. Mirik is a mother to nine children, a grandmother to ten, a writer-poet, and an elementary school and special education teacher.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
As a child, I especially enjoyed being told Biblical stories and the nearly forgotten stories and poems of Kadia Molodovsky, which in recent years I translated to Hebrew from their original Yiddish.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Educate a child according to his path, he will not turn from that path even as he grows old” Mishley
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Kadia Molodovsky, S.Y. Agnon, Chaim Nachman Bialik.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
Being a writer was never something that I dreamed of doing. I began as a mother and an educator to tell my children and students stories of my youth, of their own early years and stories related to our culture and life. The stories slowly grew in number (and length), they slowly became rhymed and when the stories were ready to leave our home and my classroom, the stories were published and suddenly I was an author. Even after forty years of story telling and writing, the stories continue to arrive from the same place of inspiration.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Don’t hurry. The process of creation means being very patient.