One after another, authors and illustrators are creating beautiful books about important people. I just love it! And I especially love it when the author is a dear friend and long-time CP, and the story is one that I saw in its earliest stages. Please join me as we reveal the cover of DEBBIE’S SONG: The Debbie Friedman Story, written by the brilliant Ellen Leventhal and illustrated by the talented Natalia Grebtsova and launching from Kar-Ben on April 4, 2023.

What a joyful cover!!! I can almost hear the music with Natalia’s illustrations! And Ellen’s words capture the challenges Debbie faced as she strove to use music to build community.

Here’s a few words about the book from the Amazon sales page:
Debbie Friedman always had music inside her, and she dreamed of using her love of singing to do what no one else had done before―create Jewish music that would welcome, include, and honor the whole Jewish community.

To connect with Ellen or to find out more about her wonderful books:

Ellen Leventhal is an author and educator in Houston, TX. DEBBIE’S SONG: THE DEBBIE FRIEDMAN STORY is her fourth published picture book. Ellen’s work has also appeared in various poetry and short story anthologies. Ellen’s best days are when she can interact directly with students and spread her love of literacy, compassion, and  kindness. To find out more about Ellen’s books and writing projects, and school visits, please go to
Twitter: @EllenLWrites
Instagram: @EllenL411 
Facebook: Ellen Warach Leventhal

Now, you may think that because it’s only November and the book doesn’t come out until April, that there isn’t anything you need to do. But there is!
Posting a review on Goodreads can really help other customers sit up and take notice.
And of course, there is nothing that helps more for the success of a book than

Just click the preorder link and it will take you to the indie bookstore page of Ellen’s local bookstore in Houston, Brazos.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend…please pop in tomorrow for Perfect Picture Book Friday featuring the newest book in Josh Funk’s Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast series: The Great Caper Caper. It’s the first stop on THE GREAT CAPER CAPER book blog tour!

16 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: DEBBIE’S SONG: THE DEBBIE FRIEDMAN STORY

  1. This is such exciting news! I am thrilled for you, Ellen, and can’t wait for your new book to come out! Isn’t the cover beautiful! A huge congratulations to you! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news, Vivian.


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