“Twenty-One Steps: Guarding The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier” – New Book By Jeff Gottesfeld
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - 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 our nation's capital, Washington, D.C for the upcoming one-hundredth anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this Veterans Day. Gottesfeld and his book will participate in the program at the National Archives on November 10, 2021 broadcast coast-to-coast. The book has topped the Amazon Best Seller list and is currently a top-five title in multiple categories, as well as a featured book for Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Purple Star Schools. 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 2021 for Veterans Day. 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. Gottesfeld and Twenty-One Steps have been compelling subjects for media outlets left, right, and center. He has spoken to many military families and kids about this book. In addition to the centennial events, on November 6, he and Tavares will be honored by the United Through Reading organization with the Audrey Geisel Friend of Military Children Award, at its annual Storybook Ball. This November the National Veterans and Military Families Month, and also 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 Tomb Centennial events. He is available for media interviews and book 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.