Joyful Song: A Naming Story

Levine Querido commissioned Susan Gal to illustrate Joyful Song, the story of a Jewish family’s naming ceremony for their new baby. The book received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and The Horn Book ahead of its publication in May 2024!

An excerpt from Kirkus’ review: Featuring vibrant colors, cozy details, and exuberantly swooping brushwork, the illustrations pair perfectly with the text, which has a folkloric feel. Both words and art brim with warmth; the love and support in this diverse community are palpable.