The Tower of Life
2022 Eureka! Nonfiction Award
The Tower of Life received a 2022 Eureka! Nonfiction Award for Children’s Literature Honor/Silver Medal from the California Reading Association.
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)
Booklist STARRED Review for Tower of Life
“A magnificent and moving tribute to a loving community and an extraordinary woman.”—Booklist STARRED review for The Tower of Life
Read the full review here.
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.
JBC Writers’ Conference
Join me and authors Liza Wiemer, Sarah Darer Littman, and Nancy Churnin (moderator) for this important panel on Using Kidlit to Build Allyship Within & Outside the Jewish Community. Nov. 8, 2022 6 PM ET.
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.