Featured Titles

 What Happens Next

What Happens Next

 Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs

 Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones

Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones

 Off to Class

Off to Class


Welcome!


What’s New?

Interview with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio, the Next Chapter - October, 2018

Shelagh interviewed me for a segment of the CBC radio show The Next Chapter about my new picture book biography Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018). Click on the link and have a listen!

Interview on Global TV Morning Show - 2018

Check out my first interview with the hosts of Global TV Morning Show about my picture book biography  Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (Kids Can, 2018), illus by Valerie Boivin. It was the first time I've ever been on live television. Gulp! 

"An inspiring and appealing snapshot of a strong woman and activist, her world and her legacy, told with warmth and charm." - Kirkus

 Written by Susan Hughes, illus by Valerie Boivin (KCP, 2018)

Written by Susan Hughes, illus by Valerie Boivin (KCP, 2018)

What Happens Next website

My picture book What Happens Next, ill by Carey Sookocheff (Owl Kids, 2018) has a dedicated website where you can buy the book, watch the trailer, and download some terrific discussion guides (free) to guide your chats with kids about bullying:  http://www.owlkids.com/whathappensnext/.

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Time To 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! 

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Fan mail

I received a lovely email from Abby and Anna, both in fifth grade, of Wisconsin last month. So glad to hear that you're enjoying my books!  

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I write, edit, and story coach

I write children’s books—and love it! I’m the author of over 30 traditionally published children’s books. I also do commissioned writing.

As well, I offer editing services and story coaching to writers who need a manuscript critique, a developmental edit, help with getting their first draft written, a sounding board for their ideas … I’m excited about finding ways to help you get your words on the page!

Please enjoy exploring my website and feel free to contact me with any writing, editing or coaching inquiries.

Update: Packaging Your Imagination, CANSCAIP, Toronto, November 10, 2018

I'm pleased to be one of the editors invited to provide One-to-One Manuscript Evaluations at this Saturday's sold-out CANSCAIP Packaging Your Imagination conference. Hope to see you there!

Also, congratulations to my story coaching client Asare Adare for winning the CODE Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature 2018 with his YA story Born to Play! (see photo below)

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A few testimonials about my critiquing and story coaching

“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 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, publisher of Includas Publishing (www.includas.com), a press that brings diversity to readers; California, US 

"The questions Susan asks 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 … 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 (Kid Can) and Grant and Tillie Go Walking (Groundwood); Toronto, ON, Canada

More news about Up! How Families Around the World Carry their Little Ones

My picture book for younger kids, Up! How Families Around the World Carry their Little Ones (Owl Kids, 2017), will soon be in print as a board book! As well, it is now available in Braille from the CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access.

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