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About Susan McConnell
Susan McConnell is the Director of Children’s Sales & Marketing at Publishers Group West in Berkeley, CA. Children’s books are her passion but she enjoys reading and talking about “grown-up” books too – especially at the American Library Association conferences. She started her publishing sales & marketing career over twenty years ago(!) at Random House where selling THE CAT IN THE HAT was a dream come true for her.

Susan still has her thirty-five cent Scholastic Book Club edition of PIPPI LONGSTOCKING faced out on her office bookshelf. The pages are yellowed but it’s the first chapter book she ever read cover-to-cover and remains one of her favorites - along with A WRINKLE IN TIME and BRIGHTY OF THE GRAND CANYON.

A California native, Susan grew up roaming the aisles of the Oakland Public Library, Montclair Branch, and the Berkeley main Library with her Grandmother.

Recent posts:

CAT IN THE NIGHT in School Library Journal!

Madeleine Dunphy’s beautiful and educational book Cat in the Night (By Madeleine Dunphy; Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet; 9780988330368; Web of Life Children’s Book; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95) has received a glowing review in School Library Journal! Cat in the … Continue reading

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NCIBA Discovery Show in San Francisco

We will be representing at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show on October 27th and 28th– two days packed with education, authors, rep picks, publisher exhibits, and camaraderie! Check out the full schedule of events here!

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Four Children’s Books for National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a world-wide effort to unite communities and raise awareness about bullying prevention, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of this campaign! Here are four books that champion the message of kindness, inclusion, and … Continue reading

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Check out The Treasure of Barracuda!

The Treasure of Barracuda (By Llanos Martinez Campos; Illustrated by Julia Sarda; 9781939775146; Little Pickle Press; Trade Cloth; $15.95) is an enchanting romp about sailing through the seas with a band of rugged pirates… who don’t know how to read. … Continue reading

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Our Children’s Publishers Are Heading to the Movies

Publishers Weekly has highlighted Annick Press, Groundwood Books, and Owlkids Books in an article about Canadian children’s publishers extending their reach into television and movie adaptations in both Canada and the US! “Annick Press is celebrating its 40th anniversary this … Continue reading

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The Island Gets a PW Star!

The Island by Olivia Levez (9781780748597; Oneworld; Trade Paper; $9.95) has received a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly! “Levez’s debut captures the emotional journey of 16-year-old Frances Stanton, one of a plane full of British juvenile delinquents and camp staffers … Continue reading

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Seasons of the Bear: A Yosemite Story

Seasons of the Bear: A Yosemite Story (by Ginger Wadsworth, Illustrated by Daniel San Souci; 9781930238664; Yosemite Conservancy; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $15.95) is a sweet new story following a mother bear and her newborn cubs living in Yosemite National Park. … Continue reading

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The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee — In Stores Now!

Debut author Erin Petti’s quirky ghost story, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee (9781938063725, Illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod, Mighty Media, Trade Cloth, $16.99), is in stores now! Eleven-year-old budding scientist Thelma Bee has adventure in her blood. But she … Continue reading

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Creston Books ABA Profile

Creston Books has been featured in the American Booksellers Association’s Small Press Profile! This profile covers the birth of Creston Books, Marissa Moss’s role as publisher, and its recent and upcoming titles. Check out the whole article here! “Creston Books, … Continue reading

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Willa’s Roaring Comeback

Willa Havisham, the titular heroine of Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s The Wedding Planner’s Daughter series (Simon & Schuster) is returning, but to a new publishing house: Little Pickle Press! Roar Like a Girl (9781939775078, Trade Paper, $9.95). is the first installment … Continue reading

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