Fall 2022 Events

Sunday, Oct. 2, 11 am-4 pm: Maplewood Book Festival

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Tower of Life Book Launch

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up Book Launch

Thursday, Oct. 27: Association of Jewish Libraries: Antisemitism Panel

Sunday, Nov. 6: USHMM Book Club

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Jewish Book Council: Allyship panel

Sunday, Nov. 13: Writers Barn: Funny Women’s Kidlit Confab

Wednesday, Nov. 16: 12 x 12 Book Chat

Sunday-Monday, Nov. 20-21: Special program TBA

Sunday, Dec. 4: Jewish Heritage Museum of New York, Book Fair

3 PM: Curious Reader Book Launch Party & Signing

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 PM: Teaneck Library Holiday Party & Signing

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.

Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education

LET LIBERTY RISE has been selected as a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education (History, ages 5-9).

Pre-Order New Books

MENDEL’S HANUKKAH MESS UP (Kalaniot, 9-6-22) & THE TOWER OF LIFE (Scholastic, 10-4-22) are both available for pre-order. Check them at

Storystorm 2022 Post on Story Ideas

Read Chana’s post for Tara Lazar’s Storystorm 2022 and find out how she and her Picture the Books launch partners come up with story ideas! Click here.

New book art

THE TOWER OF LIFE, illustrated by Susan Gal, coming from Scholastic 10/4/22.

Dogwood Booklist for Nonfiction

LET LIBERTY RISE was selected for the Dogwood Booklist for Nonfiction by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

New book announcements!

More Let Liberty Rise! Reviews and Awards

“Chana Stiefel’s charming and immediate writing style is perfectly paired with Chuck Groenink’s beautiful, slyly humorous illustrations.” Nice review of LET LIBERTY RISE! at

Great to see LET LIBERTY RISE! on the Cracking the Cover Holiday Gift Guide for 2021.

LET LIBERTY RISE! has been nominated for a 2021-2022 COCBA prize for nonfiction!

Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up

We’ve got news! My hubby & I wrote a book! Can’t wait for you to meet Mendel. Coming from Kalaniot, Fall 2022!