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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:

Mighty Media Kids Kicks Off the Official Blog Tour of The Ugly Dumpling

The Ugly Dumpling, Stephanie Campisi’s adorably delicious spin on the classic fairy tale, has seen some great press this month. San Francisco Book Review notes that “Children will love the story and its emphasis on the beauty of individuality, while … Continue reading

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Wordless Wonder Sidewalk Flowers Continues Its Winning Streak

Sidewalk Flowers continued its streak of critical acclaim by being named one of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015 by the New York Times last week.  In an earlier article, a New York Times reviewer remarked, “I’d give this … Continue reading

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Dave Eggers’ New Title Appeals to Young Readers and Their Parents

Award-winning author Dave Eggers has a new book out that is geared to a much younger audience than his usual crowd.  This Bridge Will Not Be Gray takes a look at one of this country’s most celebrated and debated icons, … Continue reading

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Creston’s Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Receives Critical Acclaim

One of the most overlooked mathematical figures in history finally gets her due in a new children’s book that is receiving praise from readers and reviewers alike.  First-time children’s book author Laurie Wallmark introduces children to the mathematician credited with … Continue reading

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Readers to Eaters Finds Niche in Children’s Food Literacy

A recent Publishers Weekly article profiles Seattle-based publisher Readers to Eaters and its founders Philip Lee and June Jo Lee, both publishing industry veterans. The article touts Lee as a visionary in this area of publishing with a focus on … Continue reading

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A Year Without Mom Strikes a Heartfelt Chord With Reviewers

A Year Without Mom is a powerful and starkly illustrated memoir that follows 12-year-old Dasha as she navigates the tricky waters of family life, school, and friends. All of this set against the backdrop of politically charged Moscow in the … Continue reading

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Monster Needs Your Vote!

Election season is here and Monster is ready to vote! But why cast your ballot when you can run for president instead? With speeches, debates, and a soapbox or two, Monster’s newest tale is a campaign encouraging kids to take … Continue reading

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Starred Review: We Are All Completely Fine from Tachyon

“This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear. When enigmatic Dr. Jan Sayer gathers survivors of supernatural violence for therapy, she unwittingly unlocks evil from … Continue reading

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Starred Review for Crooked Lane Books & Groundwood Books

Library Journal Starred Review – July 6  Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery | Author: Byron, Ellen | Crooked Lane Books (Legato Publishers Group) | Aug 2015 | ISBN 9781629532509 | $24.99 | EISBN 9781629532516. Having returned to Louisiana after a … Continue reading

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ALA SF: Publishers Group West & Legato Publishers Group

There’s something extra special about ALA Annual this year for the PGW Berkeley team because it’s in our city. We can’t wait to have our exhibiting publishers in San Francisco and to meet all the librarians and book lovers at … Continue reading

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