Coming out this April, my newest picture book, a fictionalized biography of the amazing urban planner and activity Jane Jacobs: Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can Press, April, 2018), illustrated by Valerie Boivin.
"An inspiring and appealing snapshot of a strong woman and activist, her world and her legacy, told with warmth and charm." - Kirkus
Q and A: Carey Sookocheff and I were interviewed by Open Book and chatted about the ups and downs of children's publishing and our new picture book What Happens Next. Have a read: http://open-book.ca/News/Author-Illustrator-team-Susan-Hughes-Carey-Sookocheff-on-the-Ups-and-Downs-of-Publishing.
Board book series: My delightful hold-'em-in-pudgy-hands-and-maybe-even-gnaw-on-'em board books are now available at bookstores. The series is called TIME TO, and the three new books are BATH TIME, NAP TIME, and PLAY TIME. Thank you, Annick Press, for making this happen!
Fan mail: I've been receiving some wonderful letters from readers recently. (Did I mention how much I love receiving mail??) Here's a letter from Lily and one from Ila!
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Please enjoy exploring my website and feel free to contact me with any writing questions or work inquiries. I am happy to discuss providing you with a manuscript critiques or developmental edit. I will also consider writing commissions.
Below are two testimonials about my work. You can read more by clicking on the Testimonials tab above or the button below.
“Susan is really amazing at proving in-depth manuscript comments of criticism, explanations, and suggestions, as well as a summary of the overall critique. ... Susan is really helpful because her summary notes are not just about the manuscript at hand, they are also about story in general and the kid reader market. ... Susan knows how to edit and look at the story at hand -not the disability of the character -as the story (unless of course, that is the story)."
- Luda Gogolushko, owner and publisher of Includas Publishing (www.includas.com), a press that brings diversity to readers; Temecula, California, US
"What I find most constructive about Susan’s analysis of a story are the questions she asks. They have a way of pinpointing the weaknesses that may lurk in the narrative, and always give you a place to begin your revisions. I remember sending her the ms. for Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. I had hit a wall and couldn’t come up with a way to move forward. Susan’s astute questions, in this case of the “what if?” sort, helped me get that picture book story written and ultimately published. Thank you, Susan!"
- Monica Kulling, author of many picture books, such as On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights (Kid Can), Grant and Tillie Go Walking (Groundwood), the popular Great Idea series (Tundra), and Master Dash and the Cupcake Calamity (Tundra); Toronto, ON, Canada
UP! HOW FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD CARRY THEIR LITTLE ONES (Owl Kids 2017) is now available in Braille from the CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access. <https://t.co/BFFPx6biww>