Mar 5 2020

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.
Jan 23 2019

FSC presents at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock IL

Last Thursday, as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association Creative Living Series, award-winning author Fern Schumer Chapman captivated the audience with an inspiring presentation. Fern shared the emotional story of her mother, Edith Westerfeld, who painfully fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and journeyed to America as an unaccompanied minor refugee. Fern then described Edith’s return to her small German hometown in 2014 to witness the installation of a memorial ...
Feb 23 2016

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
Sep 15 2015

What Goodreads reviewers are saying about LIKE FINDING MY TWIN:

“...just finished reading Like Finding My Twin, with goosebumps on my arms and a few tears.” “A small book with a very large message.” “This is a quick read that I couldn't put down.” “A well-told, moving story, attractively designed and abundantly illustrated with photographs, artifacts, and historical documents.” “…a great model for relevancy projects, where students learn through a real life classroom experience. It's also an amazing story that ...
Aug 18 2015

WGTB’s Greg Berg interviews FSC for one hour of his Morning Show

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8-10 a.m. A one-hour radio interview on WGTB Morning Show with Greg Berg. He interviews FSC about all three of her books. The show will be archived at this link:
Jun 1 2015

Cover reveal of LIKE FINDING MY TWIN

NEW narrative non-fiction book that combines historical documents, pictures, and storytelling to capture the 1938 shipboard friendship of Gerda and my mother, Edith, as the two unaccompanied minors traveled to America; the students' research to locate Gerda decades later; and the reunion of the two friends 73 years after they last saw each other. Books will be available in June. Reserve a copy by emailing me at
Apr 16 2015

Scholastic Canada features NIGHT OR DAY in May newsletter

The Arrow Book Club targets 4th-6th graders. Honored to be featured!
Apr 1 2015

Sneak peek at my new book!

Here's a glimpse at my NEW narrative non-fiction book for upper elementary and middle school students, "LIKE FINDING MY TWIN: How Two Holocaust Refugees Were Reunited by Mrs. O'Boyle's 8th Graders." Copies will be available in June. I'll post some of the spreads in the coming weeks. You can reserve a copy now by emailing me at
May 31 2012

NPR: Stumbling upon memorials to Nazi victims
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