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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:

The Great Glass Sea from Grove Press

From celebrated storyteller Josh Weil comes a sui generis epic swathed in all the magic of Russian folklore and set against the dystopian backdrop of an all too real alternate present. Twins Yarik and Dima have been inseparable since childhood. … Continue reading

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The London Jungle Book from Tara Books

This new and fully re-designed edition of the now-classic book marks the tenth anniversary of Bhajju Shyam’s momentous journey to London, U.K. Bhajju Shyam, a celebrated and award-winning artist from the Gond tribe in central India, was commissioned to paint … Continue reading

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The Flat Rabbit from Owlkids Books gets a starred review from Kirkus!

At some point every parent is faced with questions from little enquiring minds that are not always easy to answer. We love this honest but gentle story about the cycle of life that every parent, teacher or grandparent should have on hand … Continue reading

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In Toss the Gloss, you will learn . . .

Why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help you look your youthful best. How to recognize the seduction of beauty-industry tactics designed to get you to spend more money than you need to. Gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to … Continue reading

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Kirkus Reviews Painted Horses from Grove Press

KIRKUS REVIEW A mid-1950s oater that wants to come over all cowboy and sensitive at the same time. Catherine Lemay, the heroine of Brooks’ debut, is a young archaeologist who’s seen the aftermath of war poking around in the rubble … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly reviews TWO from KO Kids Books

Like Otoshi’s Zero and One, this book stars numerals brushed in cheery colors on clean white pages. Two is best friends with One—or was, until Three comes between them. “Come play with me, One,” invites Three. “Odds are better than … Continue reading

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Lily King’s Euphoria reviewed in The New York Times Book Review

LILY KING’s Euphoria was the cover review of The New York Times Book Review Sunday, June 8th   “A taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale.”—Emily Eakin, The New York Times Book Review  See full review here:  http://tinyurl.com/k2vnq75  “A small gem, disturbing and haunting.”—Kirkus … Continue reading

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Norman, Speak! from Groundwood Books

A comical yet thought-provoking story, Norman, Speak! follows a boy and his family who adopt a dog that just can’t seem to learn the things other dogs do… Review: The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “The boy narrator … Continue reading

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Cock-a-Doodle Oops!

Don’t miss this catchy, fun read-aloud for parents, teachers, and librarians! MidWest Book Review: May 14, 2014 “Cock-A-Doodle-Oops!” is a rollicking, rhyming farm fun illustrated story about a farm family rooster in need of a vacation from his crowing duties. … Continue reading

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