Mona Golabek

This is the story of a young girl, Lisa Jura, and her experience during WWII when she had to leave her family behind to take refuge in a different country. Concert pianist, author, and Lisa Jura’s daughter, Mona Golabek, shares a very special reading of her new children’s picture book, Hold On to Your Music, beautifully illustrated by renowned Italian artist, Sonia Possentini. Mona is bringing this version of her mother’s story to McCallum as a result of her partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, The Willesden Project, an exciting education initiative that is bringing Lisa's story and its resonant messages to young people around the globe. Enjoy this inspiring true story of hope, resilience, and the power of music in a format that’s perfect for younger children.


Recommended Grades: TK-3 

Length: 20 minutes 


Connections: language, storytelling, art, illustration, biography, history, the Holocaust, bravery, resilience, community, classical music