Sarah Aroeste

Determined to help bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture to a new generation, Sarah Aroeste, a Ladino singer, author, and cultural activist, draws upon her Sephardic family roots to present original Ladino songs and prose. She is the author of the Ladino board book Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom. She lives in Massachusetts.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

It’s a toss up between “Dandelion” and “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.”

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wanted to write stories for my own children to have.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

When inspiration hits, write it down immediately.