From Stern to Scholastic: A Journey in Children’s Publishing

By Zvi Erenyi
Collection Development and Reference Librarian
Mendel Gottesman Library

Chana Stiefel ’90S

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, Yeshiva University Libraries concluded its fall book series with an event co-sponsored by the Stern College for Women Education Program and Education Club and moderated by Hallie (Chaya Sarah) Cantor, Acquisitions Associate, Hedi Steinberg Library.

The speaker, Chana (Freiman) Stiefel ’90S, has authored more than 25 children’s books, both fiction and nonfiction, with several more soon to be published. She graduated from Stern College in 1990, and several generations in her family graduated from various YU schools as well.

Stiefel traced the genesis of her involvement with writing for children. After obtaining a graduate degree in journalism from New York University, she gained valuable experience at several publishers and magazines. She recalled how important the influence of parents and teachers was in encouraging her writing and the vital support which colleagues, agents and editors accorded her.

Stiefel captivated the audience with her lively, enthusiastic humor and anecdote-filled presentation and provided specific tips and resources to prospective children’s book writers. She ended with two giveaways: a copy of her book, Daddy Depot, and a manuscript critique.



Stay tuned for the Spring 2021 Book Talk Series!