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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.

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 Bookshop.org.

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!