Barbara Krasner

Barbara Krasner publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah: The Writer’s Resource for Jewish-Themed Story. She is the author of many articles, short stories, poems, and books. She lives in New Jersey and teaches in the English and History departments of New Jersey colleges and universities.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“The woods were silent except for the screaming.”—M. T. Anderson

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Wide-ranging: Leo Tolstoy (adult literary); Doreen Cronin (Picture books); Richard Peck (middle-grade historical fiction)

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

A case of bacterial meningitis caused me to rethink my priorities. I decided then to write for children and young adults.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Perseverance is everything, despite the odds.