Storytime at Adventure

Irving Berlin

the immigrant boy who made america sing

Jewish Culture and Stories
With Nancy Churnin
Hosted by Robyn Shrater Seemann
October 11, 2020

Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. With “God Bless America,” he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.

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Meet the Author

Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin has a passion for telling stories about people who did great things and inspire kids to do great things, too. Her eight picture book biographies have won the South Asia Book Award, the Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable and Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Notable, Notable Books for a Global Society, Silver Eurekas, been nominated for the Sakura Medal, honored on Junior Library Guild, A Mighty Girl and numerous state reading lists and translated into Japanese, Korean, Braille and multiple languages in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Her ninth and tenth books will be out in 2021. A former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and Los Angeles Times San Diego Edition, Nancy is a member of the Ink Think Tank, Nonfiction Ninjas, Nonfiction Chicks, Book Meshuggenahs, SCBWI, and is an alumna of Harvard, with a masters from Columbia. She lives in North Texas.

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