Suzanne’s Books

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Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Scholastic School Book Fair selection

School Library Journal:  “This attractive, accessible title uses the Lincoln Memorial as a vehicle to outline the history of the Civil Rights Movement ... clear, descriptive prose ... Bootman's realistic watercolor spreads are striking.”

Kirkus Review:  “Slade uses the Memorial to create a brief series of snapshots of African-American history. The final two-page spread of the First Family viewing the Memorial is especially moving.”

Suzanne has written over 100 children’s books. Check ‘em out!

* Junior Library Guild Selection
a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
2016 ILLINOIS READS selection
Now available in paperback too!

Kirkus:  “Sure to see—and worthy of—plenty of use, and not just in election years.” 

       * 2011 Teachers' Choice Children's Book Award 

School Library Journal:  “Slade’s rhymes are refreshingly successful ... This cheerful package delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. It’s a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts.

Kirkus Review:  “Slade slyly sneaks in some great vocabulary, working the animal baby names into each verse ... a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs.”

Library Media Connection:  “This beautifully illustrated, rhythmic book uses insects and their body parts to teach the beginnings of multiplication. A perfect way to cross the disciplines of math and science in a fun, picture book way.” 

California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award
2014 ILLINOIS READS selection                      

Kirkus Review:  “With a rhythm and rhyme that never falter, Slade offers readers insect-themed word problems. ... Hunter, with specialties in entomological and botanical illustration, truly makes the text come alive. ...” 

* 2012 Literary Classics Gold Award                      
 School Library Journal: “On each spread of this clever picture book, a rhyming verse introduces the collective noun for a particular type of animal and then asks readers to determine how many creatures would be in each “bale,” “mob,”etc ... a solid resource for math, science, and language-arts lessons.”


Kirkus Review:  “While many picture books feature animals sleeping, this title takes the concept a step further.The calming and peaceful text winds down to a “good night, sleep tight” conclusion with a little boy tucked into bed. The lush full-color illustrations continue the soothing effect of the text, casting shadows and layers... just enough factual and interesting information to keep young minds engaged ...” 


            For Teens:

Wow, I can’t believe you scrolled 
through all those books!

Guess what? Many more are on the way - 

  Picture books:
Dangerous Jane Gets a New Name (2017)
Annie’s Secret (2017)
Out of School & Into Nature (2018)
And several titles in 2019!
I’m typing up new   books right now

  Educational Books:
                             *New Revised Edition!
* Recommend by “Ask Amy” National Advice Columnist

School Library Journal:  “This exhaustive guide features interviews with adoptees, essays by adoptive and birth parents ... comprehensive coverage on topics such as transracial, international, and open adoptions, and the pros and cons of seeking information about their birth parents ...  a valuable resource, especially for older teens who crave 
solid advice ...” 

Rita Soronen, Exec. Director of Dave Thomas Foundation:  “Adopted: It Happened to Me is a comprehensive look at the issues, challenges and joys that youth experience at they make their journey through adoption. The voices of teens provide insight and wisdom ,,,”

Winner of a 2015 Green Prize

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) 
   2015 Multicultural Booklist selection!

* “Recommended” - The Bulletin of the Center for  
                                                 Children’s Books

Kirkus:  “...this true story celebrates both the value of teamwork and a triumph of ingenious recycling. A likely hit with young eco-activists ...”

Suzanne’s proceeds from this book are donated to Hug-It-Forward to fund more bottles schools.

Co-author, Seno Laura Kutner, is donating her proceeds to Trash for Peace. 

★ STARRED REVIEW Publishers Weekly 
* CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List 
Reading Rainbow “Black History Month” List

Kirkus:  “This biographical gem places the spotlight on a friendship far ahead of its time.”

School Library Journal: “Offering a new perspective, this informational picture book details the deep friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. ... A solid addition that will spark conversations about gender and racial equality.”

STARRED REVIEW Library Media Connection:
“Students need to hear this uplifting story of building character and overcoming hardships through determination and hard work.”

School Library Journal: “This picture book brings the tale to light accessibly and engagingly. Readers will enjoy this title, and it will easily tie in to school units as an enticing read-aloud.”

Publishers Weekly: “The focus on the hard work at the heart of accomplishment makes this story especially rewarding and relatable.”


NSTA 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Book!
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Booklist:  “This dual picture-book biography of how Thomas Edison inspired Henry Ford succeeds in showing the emotional side of the life of an inventor ... well executed ... a good fit for STEM-oriented programs as well as storytimes about the benefit of good friendships.”

Publisher’s Weekly:  “... a rewarding look at the importance of persistence, as well as the friendship that developed between these prominent inventors.” 

 “Filled with inspiration, creativity, and persistence --      
the perfect book to kick off your Genius Hour program.” 
                                       - Amber Smith, 3rd grade Teacher

                      September 2016 Release!

“Slade and Innerst beautifully together to create a book that builds to a crescendo just as ‘Rhapsody’ does.”

“Slade illuminates George Gershwin’s creative process, from inception to premiere of ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ ... Bravo!”

 STARRED REVIEW School Library Journal:
“Highly recommended.”

 *   A 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection