Upsy-Daisy, Baby! board book (Owl Kids, 2019)
So exciting! My newest board book Upsy-Daisy, Baby! (illustrated by the amazing paper artist Ashley Barron), is now available.
“Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Now available in board book format, Upsy Daisy, Baby! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby. Repetition of the phrase “Upsy-daisy” on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.”
Jane’s Walk Community Birthday Party, Ottawa-Gatineau, Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON — Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4 - 7.00
Join me at the Jane’s Walk Ottawa-Gatineau family-friendly party marking what would have been the 103rd birthday of urbanist Jane Jacobs. This event is free and open to all! As a special guest, I’ll be reading Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs. And yes, there will be birthday cake and colouring too!
Canadian Independent Bookstore Day at Queen Books, 1914 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON – Saturday, April 27, 2019
I’ll be a guest bookseller and reading during story time at Queen Books, this Saturday from 10 to 11 am ! Lots of other amazing Toronto-based authors and illustrators will be at the store throughout the day as well, including Barbara Reid, Mireille Messier, Hilary Leung, Michelle Kadarusman, Vikki Vansickle, and Danielle Young-Ullmann. Hope to see there!
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
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.
Also, congratulations to my story coaching client Asare Adei for winning the CODE Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature 2018 with his YA story Born to Play! (see photo below)
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), is now available in Braille from the CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access.
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!
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/.