Writing For Her 9-Year-Old Self

This interview was first published as “Q & A With Author Yona Zeldis McDonough” on The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.

Yona Zeldis McDonough is a Brooklyn-based award-winning children’s author who also has a successful career as a fiction writer for adults. Many know her by the picture books she has created together with her mother, the celebrated self-taught artist Malcah Zeldis. This month, her newest children’s chapter book, “The Cats In The Doll Shop” has been published. It is a sequel to “The Doll Shop Downstairs,” the fictional story of a Russian Jewish immigrant family with three young daughters living above their doll shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during WWI.

Zeldis McDonough spoke with The Sisterhood about writing for different audiences, her identity as a Jewish writer, and the new book and how it goes against the grain of current popular children’s literature.

Renee Ghert-Zand: Not many authors write for adults and children. How did you end up writing successfully for both audiences?

Click here to read the interview.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Writing For Her 9-Year-Old Self”

  1. Frume Sarah Says:

    My daughter and I read the first title together this past summer. She will be thrilled to learn about the sequel. How fascinating that a book which has such a yiddishe ta’am was written by an author whose own Judaism is not outwardly expressed in any quantifiable way.

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