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The Curiosity Hour interviews FSC


Brothers, Sisters, Strangers – Now available for pre-order!


Tips to help children understand a socially distant holiday

When people who love each other can’t be together, it’s heartbreaking. And when a child is too young to understand a prolonged cut-off from a beloved relative or friend, everyone hurts.However, the pandemic -- particularly the upcoming holidays -- actually is an opportunity to speak frankly with your young children about the big emotions they feel. Consider the following points as you help young children manage their emotional reactions and ...

Holiday gift guide calls Happy Harper Thursdays “the perfect gift!”


Happy Harper Thursdays is now available in hardcover!

We know many of you have been waiting for the hardback version of "Happy Harper Thursdays: A Grandmother's Love for Her Granddaughter during the Coronavirus." We are thrilled to announce it is officially available for purchase. Follow the ordering link below to grab your copy (or three) and have it delivered just in time for Mother's Day! https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-harper-thursdays-fern-schumer-chapman/1136829920?ean=9780996472555

School visits 2020

It's that time of the year... Eighth-graders learn about the Holocaust in the spring, and I find myself hopping from school to school. Yesterday, my mother and I spoke at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, IL. We have had the privilege of presenting to Hubble students for the last three years. Thanks to librarian Kristin Diaz for her determination in educating students on this important topic.

Cast members for Motherland, the play

Diane Dorsey, known for "Road to Perdition," "Ghost Whisperer," and "Last Day," will play my mother, Edith. Suzy Brack, known for her work on "That Wasn't Supposed to Happen," "Market Value," and "Bachelors Grove," will play me, Fern. Chicago Writers Bloc and Perennial Theatre Chicago are hosting the table reading with lights and sound effects on September 21, 2020. The festival features new plays. Location will likely be the Piven ...

Illinois Humanities Council names FSC a Road Scholar


Association of Jewish Libraries reviews TWIN

Praise for Like Finding My Twin: “Every child should read it! Every school should teach it!” ~ Pulitzer Prize nominee James B. Lieber, author of “Friendly Takeover“ “An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... an important addition to any library” ~ Debbie Colodny, Association of Jewish Libraries   AJL review “A non-fiction narrative that informs and inspires...” ~ Hadassah Magazine
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