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
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/
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 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!
I write, edit, and story coach!
Please enjoy exploring my website and feel free to contact me with any editing or coaching inquiries. I am happy to discuss providing you with a manuscript critiques, a developmental edit, or story coaching. I also do commissioned writing.
Update: 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)
“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
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.