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Teaching The Children of Willesden Lane
Resources to help you teach the book in middle schools and high schools

About the Author

Mona Golabek is the author of The Children of Willesden Lane, the story of her mother’s journey from Vienna to London on the Kindertransport. But Mona is also an internationally acclaimed concert pianist who has performed with major orchestras and conductors around the world. Places where she has played include the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Mona is also the creator and host of a radio program called The Romantic Hours. The program combines classical music with readings of poetry, letters, and stories. She has been featured on several public television specials, including More Than the Music, a concert filmed at a women’s prison; and Concerto for Mona, in which she appeared with conductor Zubin Mehta.

Among the awards Mona has received are the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the People’s Award of the Frédérick Chopin International Piano Competition. Her outstanding artistry has earned her the designation of being called a Steinway Artist, and whenever she gives a concert she plays a Steinway piano.

Mona’s sister, Renée Golabek-Kaye, is also a talented pianist. Together the sisters have recorded The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, with celebrity narrators including James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin, and William Shatner. In addition, the sisters have recorded Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant, both narrated by actress Meryl Streep. Mona has also recorded trios by Tchaikovsky and Arensky for piano, violin, and cello. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Mona is a proud aunt to Renée’s four children. Michele, Sarah, and Rachel all play the piano; Jonathan plays the violin. They are keeping alive the legacy handed down from their great-grandmother, Malka, and their grandmother, Lisa.

Photograph of Mona Golabek by Lee Brubaker

Mona Golabek

To order discounted classroom sets of the The Children of Willesden Lane, go to Mona’s foundation at


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