***PRESS RELEASE*** Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

by | Oct 7, 2021

(SAN DIEGO, CA) WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2021 — Jeff Gottesfeld is an acclaimed writer whose work has won awards from the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the National Council for the Social Studies. He brings his new, bestselling children’s book, Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the USO and SD Public Library, San Diego, California on Friday, August 27, 2021. The event will be held from 3 PM – 4:30 PM PT at the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego. 

Gottesfeld and Twenty-One Steps have been compelling subjects for media outlets left, right, and center. His book tour continues to the West Coast as he participates with the USO’s Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program in San Diego, California. Gottesfeld will be working with Gold Star Families and the military kids’ initiative at both Liberty Station and Camp Pendleton. He is available for media interviews and book events. 

Twenty-One Steps (Candlewick, 2021) has won the hearts of our military families, our veterans, veteran service organizations, and elected officials who have served in combat. The book has topped the Amazon Best Seller list, and a version of its cover just won the VAntage Point, Veterans Administration Veterans Day 2021 poster contest.  That art will be the front piece for the Tomb centennial program this November.
 
Endorsed by the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and prepared with the assistance of many Tomb Guards past and present, Twenty-One Steps is an American treasure. An outlier of a children’s book in this age of identity, it has captured the hearts and minds of our nation’s future leaders and will have an impact for decades to come.
 
This November 2021 marks the centennial anniversary of the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It will be celebrated with ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and around the country, as our nation mourns the soldiers interred at the Tomb who represent thousands of others who perished nameless and faceless, defending our country and our freedom. On the strength of Twenty-One Steps, Gottesfeld has been asked to be a featured speaker at the Tomb Centennial events.

About the creators: 
Jeff Gottesfeld is an acclaimed writer whose work has won awards from the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the National Council for the Social Studies. His The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window was a 2016 New York Times Best Illustrated Book for Children. He has previously written for adult, teen, middle-grade, and picture book audiences. Jeff Gottesfeld is based in Los Angeles.
 
Matt Tavares is illustrator of Twenty-One Steps, and the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is the illustrator of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter. He is also the creator of the modern Christmas tale Red and Lulu. He lives in Maine.
 

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