PJ Library will gather experienced and published children's book authors and illustrators for our third Author Israel Adventure cohort. This all-expense-paid experience is designed to inspire accomplished creators to bring Israel, Jewish ideas, and diverse Jewish stories to their board, picture, and middle grade books.

We will begin our adventure with online meet-ups and customized webinars before we travel together to Israel where we will explore the historical and modern country, meet with diverse groups of Israelis, and journey from the barren desert to the Mediterranean Sea. We will experience the unique vibrancy of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and take time for reflection, discussion, and writing, often facilitated by well-known local authors. Thanks to generous support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the 2023 trip is central to a cohort year spanning from October 2022 through October 2023. After returning from Israel the cohort experience will culminate with a writers' retreat in North America, currently scheduled for the week of October 15, 2023. Applications are now closed, but please see the Israel sample itinerary and FAQs below for more details.


We welcome participants from all faiths and backgrounds, but we do ask that participants be serious about writing books with Jewish stories for young children and middle graders. The focus of the cohort and experience will be on Judaism, Jewish sites, and Jewish communities as well as highlighting sites from other religions and cultures found in Israel.