Born in Israel in 1976, mother of six, Tamar Meir holds degrees in Talmud and Jewish philosophy, and a PhD in literature from Bar-Ilan University. She currently serves as head of the Literature Department at the Givat Washington College of Education and teaches Aggadah at Efrata College and at Bar-Ilan University. Meir is also member and head of various Ministry of Education committees responsible for the literature curricula at schools and kindergartens. In addition to her academic and literary work, Meir is a social activist, empowering women in the religious community. Tamar established and heads the “Kulana” women's Beit Midrash, and is a member of the Board of Rabbis of Beit Hillel, an Orthodox rabbinical organization that also includes women in its ranks. Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Store, Meir's first children's book, was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize (2017) and the Devorah Omer Prize for Children's Literature (2017).