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Wakawakaloch shortlisted for the UNICEF Prize in Children’s Literature 2023
My Name Is Wakawakaloch (Je M’appelle Wakawakaloch) has been shortlisted for the UNICEF Prize in Children’s Literature 2023 in the 6-8 year old category on theme of family.
SLJ Starred Review for Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up
“This fun, unique Hanukkah story is one that stands out. A must-purchase for holiday collections.”—School Library Journal STARRED Review for Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up
Read the full review here.
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.
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.