Oliver Lapin Family Day

Sunday, Nov 4 | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Endowed in loving memory of Oliver Lapin by his family

Join us for a special day of family fun at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival! Family events are FREE and open to the public.

Oliver Lapin Family Day is underwritten by Braun Enterprises/Marian and Gaby Braun/Taryn and Dan Braun in honor of their children and grandchildren Jacob, Ryan, Asher and Aden and supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

Hugely Wugely SpiderEthan Berlin | Hugely Wugely Spider

Contrary to the tale about the Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Berlin’s debut children’s book introduces us to Hugely-Wugely Spider, who is much bigger than the other spiders, and, therefore, the odd one out. His size becomes a challenge when attempting to climb the water spout, but when the rain jeopardizes to wash out all his little friends, Hugely-Wugely Spider comes to the rescue.

Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated comedy writer and performer, who teaches comedy writing classes at NYU and the People’s Improv Theater.

Supported by the Rosita and Albert Gaon Sephardic Heritage Program Endowment Fund

Jewish Book Council

Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library Event
9:30 AM–10:30 AM | Ages 0-5
Enjoy songs and a spider themed snack after the book reading.

10:00 AM–11:00 AM | Kindergarten & 1st Grade
After the presentation, join us for spider web themed adventure play and an opportunity to learn the insect’s role in nature.

Federation & PJ Library  

Carrie JonesCarrie Jones | The Spy Who Played Baseball

10:00 AM–11:30 AM | 2nd Grade
11:00 AM–12:00 PM | Kindergarten & 1st Grade

New York Times best-selling author, Carrie Jones, brings us a story about an atypical baseball player named Moe Berg, whose Jewish identity sets him apart from other major league players in the 1930s. Other differences include his law degree, his knowledge of several languages and his love of travel. He’s also a spy for the U.S. government. At the onset of World War II, Moe gives up baseball for a life full of danger and secrecy. Jones lives in Bar Harbor, Maine.

After the presentation, join us for baseball and spy related activities as we travel the bases from first to home.

Jewish Book Council

Sara the Bucket FillerRivka Fishman | Sara the Bucket Filler

11:30 AM–12:00 PM | 2nd Grade
Every person in the world has an invisible bucket that holds their good thoughts and feelings. Join Sara as she learns how to fill other people's buckets-by giving compliments, helping without being asked, expressing love, and being kind.

A Houstonian, Rivka Fishman has been teaching for 18 years and is a recipient of the Grinspoon–Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Local Children’s Authors

9:30 AM–10:00 AM | Kindergarten–2nd Grade
11:00 AM–12:00 PM | Ages 0-5
Throughout the morning, children will have an opportunity to hear from Houston’s own children’s authors, Rivka Fishman, Salvo Lavis, and Ellen Leventhal with presentations and activities tied to their books.

Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library Go to the Book Festival!

November 6, 8, 13 | 10:00 AM–11:00 AM & 4:00 PM–5:00 PM | Ages 0-5
Join Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library for story time during the Festival with celebrity guest readers, music, and crafts in the J Bookstore.

Jane IsayJane Isay | Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

11:00 AM
Author and family relationships expert Jane Isay contends that being a grandparent is the opportunity to transform missed chances into delight. Her new book draws from her personal experience, dozens of interviews and the latest findings in psychology.

Isay meditates on the joys of being a grandparent, and creates a practical guide for grandparents and their adult children to thrive in their relationships with their grandchildren. Prior to her writing career, Isay was an editor for several New York publishing houses.

Parents and grandparents, we hope you’ll join us as your children are at Oliver Lapin Family Day!


Jewish Book Council