Barbara Bietz is often inspired by her favorite books from childhood. When Barbara isn’t reading, she’s probably typing away at her desk, surrounded by her three naughty (but nice) dogs. Barbara’s chapter book, Like a Maccabee, received the 2006 Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award. She is also the creator of the website JewishBooksforKids.com and a former chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, which honors exceptional works about the Jewish experience. Her favorite part about being an author? Visiting schools, meeting young readers, and eating lunch in the cafeteria—especially when it’s grilled cheese day! Barbara lives with her family in Oak Park, California. Barbara's most recent book is The Sundown Kid - A Southwestern Shabbat (August House, 2017) is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers and Children's Book Council "Hot Off The Press" selection for January, 2017.