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November 19, 2023

The Royal Recipe Named a 'BEST BOOK of 2023' by School Library Journal!

March 5, 2023

Sydney Taylor Shmooze Reviews The Royal Recipe

January 20, 2023

The Royal Recipe chosen as PJ Library Purim selection for age 8 

"Sprinkled with generous amounts of humor and fun, The Royal Recipe seamlessly weaves in numerous details from the historic Purim story, allowing readers to gain new insights into this festive holiday. The story cleverly addresses the themes of standing up to bullies, building strong friendships, and reconceptualizing the role family conflict can play in one's growth and development."

January 2023

The Royal Recipe part of Association of Jewish Libraries "Holiday Highlights" for Spring 2023!


December 24, 2022

Kirkus reviews The Royal Recipe

"Baking, celebrating, storytelling: The high points of the Purim holiday are here in this amusing series addition." 

December 2022

School Library Journal reviews The Royal Recipe

"...the unique theme of Purim will enhance multicultural literature collections of early reader chapter books and should be considered as a worthwhile purchase."


December 15, 2022

Jewish Journal highlights A Donut in Time: Eight new Hanukkah books to brighten the holiday

December 8, 2022

Sydney Taylor Schmooze reviews A Donut in Time

"This is an entertaining tale, and readers will enjoy reading to see how the Maccabee story can have modern day connections."

November 30, 2022

Jewish Book Council reviews A Donut in Time

"A fun, deli­cious romp through the past and the present, A Donut in Time is a charm­ing read, instill­ing in a sweet hol­i­day tale the mes­sage that some chal­lenges are worth pursuing."


November 19, 2022

Elana interviewed by Deborah Kalb Books about A Donut in Time

November 2022

A Story Prefaced by Hadassah (Elana featured in Hadassah magazine) 

October 31, 2022

 Jewish Books for Kids interview about A Donut in Time

October 24, 2022

Donut in Time featured on SLJ's article: 6 Hanukkah Books for Young Readers

September 1, 2022

School Library Journal Reviews A Donut in Time 

"A sweet story celebrating Jewish culture and sprinkled with a little bit of magic." 


September 20, 2021

Jewish Book Council Reviews Starlight Soup

"An amus­ing mid­dle grade chap­ter book with like­able char­ac­ters and an acces­si­ble for­mat, Starlight Soup deliv­ers a clear mes­sage about friend­ship, trust, Jew­ish tra­di­tion, and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to those who share one’s world. In short, Starlight Soup sparkles."

September 9, 2021

Sydney Taylor Shmooze Reviews Starlight Soup

"A girl with a super-sniffer nose, her loving Jewish family who own a restaurant, and her friend whose family own a rival restaurant -- this magical Sukkot tale is pure delight!" 

September 1, 2021

Elana Featured in Baltimore Jewish Times 

August 31, 2021

Jewish Telegraph Agency Reviews Starlight Soup

"Just in time for Sukkot, Saralee Siegel is back in a chapter-book series about the endearing, spunky school-age girl whose magical sense of smell saves the day." 

August 29, 2021

The Conscious Kid Highlights Apple Cake as Part of Rosh Hashanah Book Collection

June 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Starlight Soup 

"A touch of creative magic tempered by love and kindness. Welcome back, Saralee."

April 27, 2021

Elana on PJ Library Panel-Breaking Through to the Other Side: Becoming a Published Author


February 10, 2021  

Starlight Soup Receives PJ Library Award

February 7, 2020

Apple Cake Named National Jewish Book Award Finalist

January 14, 2020

Apple Cake Makes Tablet List

"Fast paced, easy to read, over-the-top, and tasty."

October 2, 2019

Jewish Journal Review of Once Upon an Apple Cake

"This funny and well-plotted story with delightful characters and amusing line-drawn illustrations is a perfect holiday tale for early chapter book readers."

September 17, 2019

Jewish Book Council Reviews Once Upon an Apple Cake

"The busy Siegels each have a con­sis­tent and well-drawn per­son­al­i­ty, as well as hav­ing some sil­ly traits, and show­ing a grand­moth­er with demen­tia. They share joy, laugh­ter, and love, along with an appre­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish foods and hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions all around the din­ing table."

September 4, 2019

Jewish Telegraph Agency Highlights Once Upon an Apple Cake 


June 12, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Once Upon an Apple Cake 

"A bit of magic and a happy ending make for a sweet New Year story. Delightful."

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