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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Miriam Nerlove  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1959 in Minneapolis

-- Miriam Nerlove on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Miriam lives in Evanston, Il and is a card illustrator for Recycled Paper Greetings in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mariam graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and received her master’s degree in printmaking from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. For a time she worked in the Photograph and Slide Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, while doing editorial illustration work for newspapers such as Barron’s and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly. Originally she worked solely in pen and ink for the editorial work but began to get very interested in watercolor as she approached writing and illustrating for children.

Published Works

  • Hanukkah, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1989
  • Passover, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1989
  • Easter, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1989
  • Christmas, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1990
  • Thanksgiving, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1990
  • Purim, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1992
  • Valentine`s Day, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1992
  • Flowers on the Wall, Simon and Schuster Children`s Publishing, 1996
  • Shabbat, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1998
  • The Ten Commandments for Jewish Children, Albert Whitman Publishing, 1999
  • Shabbat, Albert Whitman Publishing, 2000

Selected Titles At Your Library

Christmas /
ISBN: 0807511471. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. [1994], ©1990.

A rhyming text describes a girl and her family as they prepare for Christmas, celebrate the birth of Jesus at a church services, and have a wonderful dinner with other relatives.

Thanksgiving /
ISBN: 0807578177. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1990.

A boy and his mother bake two pumpkin pies and go to Grandma's house for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Includes a brief overview of the first Thanksgiving.

ISBN: 0807566837. OCLC Number:

Morton Grove, IL :. . 1992.

A young boy becomes caught up in the excitement of the Purim celebration as the rabbi relates the tale of the courageous Queen Esther and the evil Haman.

Valentine's Day :
ISBN: 080758455X. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1992.

A brief history of Valentine's Day is followed by a girl's account of her celebrations at preschool and at home.

Flowers on the wall /
ISBN: 0689506147. OCLC Number:

M.K. McElderry Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1996.

Rachel, a young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, struggles to survive with her family and maintains hope by painting colorful flowers on her dingy apartment walls.

The Ten commandments for Jewish children /
ISBN: 0807577707. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman & Co.,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1999.

Describes how Moses received the Ten Commandments, what they contain, and how they should be obeyed.

Shabbat /
ISBN: 080757323X. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman & Co.,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1998.

A simple account of a Jewish family preparing for and celebrating Shabbat.



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