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Lots of wonderful reviews, articles & posts about LET LIBERTY RISE!

The Circle Line Cruise to the Statue of Liberty appeared in Publisher's Weekly, April 8, 2021!

"A perfect celebration of history."—Dr. Sue Ann Martin, The Children's Bookshelf, WCMU Public Radio. This review also includes activities and questions for readers.

"This book is a gem. The writing is smart and thoughtful, with obvious research and attention-to-detail, as are the illustrations. I learned so much about the American icon in this children’s book than I think I’ve learned about it through the course of my life."Leslie Lindsay's Blog, Always with a Book 

Bookshelf Momma: Review and giveaway on Instagram
"I loved this heartwarming story. . . . Very well written, I love finding out things about American history I didn’t know. The illustrations are so beautiful."

"A remarkable piece of history. It’s fun and it’s inspiring and this book obviously makes for a good addition to a classroom too. There are even historical photographs of the construction - and lots of information in the back of the book. Definitely very well constructed"—Review from @dadsuggests on Instagram.

Review from Unleashing Readers: "Wow! I did not know about this story, and it is really quite inspirational. As a person who values community and coming together for shared causes, I fell in love with this book." Read the full review here."

Here's the story behind the story in the Jewish Link of NJ.

Great article about LET LIBERTY RISE! in the Bergen Record!

Hey kids! Watch the replay of the book launch party for LET LIBERTY RISE! with me and illustrator Chuck Groenink. Hosted by the Curious Reader on Facebook Live, Sunday, March 7.

Watch the replay of this fun virtual event for LET LIBERTY RISE with NFL Super Bowl champion and literacy crusader Malcolm Mitchell on Sunday, March 7 at Books on Wonder online!

Illustrator Chuck Groenink and I will be doing a virtual event at NYC's Skyscraper Museum, Monday, March 8, 4-5 PM ET. RSVP:

Join me and these other kidlit authors discussing our publishing journeys on My Messy Muse podcast (created by Michele McAvoy), Wed. Feb. 17, 2021 at 8:30 PM ET on Facebook Live!

Guac and roll! BRAVO, AVOCADO!, a new funny, punny picture is coming out from HarperCollins in 2023! Here's the announcement from PW!

LET LIBERTY RISE (Scholastic, 3-2-21) received a STARRED REVIEW in School Library Journal. "This charming history title is a true inspiration for the present. An informative must-have for all libraries." Read the full review here.

Our names are important! In this video for PJ Library on Facebook, I shared the origins of my name and a fun activity for families to explore the power of our names using my book, MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH.

LET LIBERTY RISE! (Scholastic 3-2-21) received a "sparkling" review from Kirkus. "Sparkling language movingly describes how everyday folks effected powerful change. Readers will relish knowing that kids played a pivotal role in the campaign; many actual quotes from children are included. Lively, colorful illustrations capturing the period depict diverse characters and wonderful perspectives." Read the full review here!

Here's the replay of my talk for YU Libraries and the Stern College Education Club about my writing journey and takeaways for emerging children's authors. More than 70 people attended this event on Zoom on Dec. 8, 2020!

Interested in writing a picture book? Want to learn more about kidlit publishing? I am presenting a FREE Zoom talk for the Yeshiva University Libraries and Education Department at Stern College on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 ET. Details here!

Presenting the cover of my next picture book, LET LIBERTY RISE! HOW AMERICA'S SCHOOLCHILDREN HELPED SAVE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, coming from Scholastic 3-2-21! Read the story behind the story here. Pre-order today!

I had a wonderful online author visit with 150 students from Wantagh Elementary School in Wantagh, NY. One WAKAWAKLOCH fan even made me a T-shirt with my name on it! Booking online visits for camps, schools, and libaries.


I recently started a new position as editor of the monthly Our Children magazine! Flip through my first issues of 2020.

I'm booking author visits for 2020! Schedule your visit today!

Meet me at Storytime at the Curious Reader, 229 Rock Road, in Glen Rock, NJ, on Sunday, Nov. 24, @ 1 PM.

Join me at the Storytime Bonanza at Books of Wonder, 217 West 84 Street, NYC, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:30 am!

When the Night King from Game of Thrones (aka Vladimir Furdik) tells you to write many, many more book after "Vakavakaloch," you get right to work!

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried wished Chana congrrratulations on Wakawakaloch! And now he needs a nap!

Here's Akbar Gbajabilamila, host of American Ninja Warrior, congratulating Chana on Wakawakaloch! (At least he got Chana's name right!)

Listen to the hoedown by comedian Colin Mochrie ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?") in honor of the launch of Wakawakaloch!

Meet Chana at the Book Launch Party for My Name is Wakawakaloch! Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 2-4 PM at the Teaneck Library!

MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH! is on's list of 20 Best Kids' Books to Calm Back-To-School Jitters!

What's in a name? Find out in this great article about MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH! in the Jewish Link of NJ.

Tune in to Chana's radio interview about the story behind MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH! on JM in the AM on the Nachum Segal Network.

Betsy Bird shared a wonderful review and reveal of the trailer for MY NAME IS WAKAWAKALOCH! on the Fuse8 School Library Journal blog!

"This is good stuff!" Hooray!

Animal Zombies has been selected as a Top Ten YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant Readers for 2019. To see the complete list, click here

Click on these links for interviews from Chana's 18-city ANIMAL ZOMBIES radio tour:

Minute with Mitch

Daddy Depot has been translated into Chinese! Translation of the title: The Perfect Father!