The Tower of Life

The Tower of Life on Chicago Public Library’s Best Books for Younger Readers

The Tower of Life is on Chicago Public Library’s List of Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2022! See the list here!

Tower of Life on NYPL’s Best Kidlit Biographies of 2022

The Tower of Life is on the New York Public Library’s List of Best Children’s Biographies of 2022! See the list here!

Tower of Life on SLJ’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2022

The Tower of Life is on School Library Journal’s list of Best Nonfiction Books of 2022! See the list here!

Russell Freedman Nonfiction Award Finalist

The Tower of Life is a finalist for the Russell Freedman Nonfiction Award for a Better World! Thank you to the SCBWI Impact & Legacy Fund for this recognition along with these other inspiring books.

Books of Wonder Biography Panel

Chana joined four other authors of beautiful picture book biographies at Books of Wonder online, and presented The Tower of Life. Signed copies available here.

Booklist Starred Review of the Tower of Life

ALA Booklist #ReviewoftheDay

“A magnificent and moving tribute to a loving community and an extraordinary woman.”—ALA Booklist Starred Review (Read the full review)

Tower of Life Reviewed in the NYTimes!

“This masterfully illustrated biography argues that even the Nazis, though they may have been able to physically erase a shtetl, were powerless to destroy deep human connections to family and home.”—Eugene Yelchin, The New York Times Book Review, Nov. 5, 2022. (read full review)

Jewish Book Council Review

THE TOWER OF LIFE received a wonderful review from the Jewish Book Council. “Stiefel paints a truth­ful por­trait appro­pri­ate for those just begin­ning to learn about the Holocaust. Susan Gal’s art­work, mean­while, is both dra­mat­ic and acces­si­ble, an invi­ta­tion to look at Eliach’s life with com­pas­sion and awe.” Read the full review here.

Society of Illustrators Original Art Show

Artwork from THE TOWER OF LIFE, illustrated by Susan Gal (Scholastic 10-4-22), has been selected for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, which will be exhibited at their gallery in New York from October 26, 2022-January 7, 2023. This exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. Congrats to Susan! So well deserved.

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

THE TOWER OF LIFE: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs, illustrated by Susan Gal (Scholastic, 10-4-22), has been selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.