Faygie Holt is the bestselling author of two books series for Orthodox Jewish girls, Achdus Club and Layla's Diaries series from Menucha Publishers. Her kidlit career which began with the release of The New Girl in 2015. Since then she has published seven books, most of them for third- and fourth-grade readers. Her books tackle significant social issues facing young readers, including learning challenges, bullying, economic worries and friendship.
Faygie is the former communications director at Friendship Circle/LifeTown, an organization that aims to change the way society views individuals with special needs and that everyone has a role and purpose in life.
For seven years, Faygie served as the executive editor of a magazine dedicated to women’s fiction and the publishing industry. There she interviewed many bestselling authors including James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark and Debbie Macomber.
Her Jewish journalism career began at JTA where she worked as an editorial assistant before joining the Jewish Exponent as a reporter. She quickly moved up the ranks, and was eventually promoted to News & Special Projects editor where. among other things, she oversaw the paper’s coverage of the September 11 terror attacks and the 2004 presidential elections. Her work has appeared in Jewish newspapers around the world.
Currently, you can find her freelance journalism at JNS.org, Chabad.org, and select other media outlets.
Faygie has won several awards for her work, most recently a 2021 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association, a Philadelphia Press Association award and a Keystone chapter Society of Professional Journalism award.
For school visits, contact Faygie at email@example.com.