Chana Stiefel is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children. Her nonfiction picture book, THE TOWER OF LIFE: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs, published by Scholastic, won the 2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize for Children’s Literature, and the SCBWI Russell Freedman Nonfiction Award for a Better World. Other nonfiction titles include LET LIBERTY RISE: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Scholastic), and ANIMAL ZOMBIES & OTHER REAL-LIFE MONSTERS (a Top 10 YALSA Quick Pick, NatGeoKids). Chana’s funny fictional picture books include BRAVO, AVOCADO (HarperCollins, 2023), MENDEL’S HANUKKAH MESS UP (Kalaniot, co-written with Larry Stiefel), MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH (HMH, short-listed for the 2023 UNICEF Prize for Children’s Literature), and DADDY DEPOT (Feiwel & Friends). She loves to visit schools and libraries to share her passion for reading and writing with children. She earned a Master’s degree in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Chana is represented by Miranda Paul at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Follow her @chanastiefel on FB, Twitter, and Instagram. To hear Chana pronounce her name, click here.

Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

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