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 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


What's new?

Welcome!

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!  https://globalnews.ca/video/4184237/the-legacy-of-jane-jacobs

"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 by Susan Hughes, ill by Carey Sookocheff (Owl Kids, 2018) has a dedicated website so you can buy the book, watch the trailer, and even download some terrific discussion guides for talking with kids about bullying:  http://www.owlkids.com/whathappensnext/

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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!

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

 

More news!

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>

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