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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:

Annick Press = Indiefab Book of the Year Finalists!

Two Annick titles have been named Indiefab Book of the Year Awards finalists by Foreword Reviews! The Foreword Indies are “awarded to independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose books not only meet our editorial standards, but also blow … Continue reading

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Macavity: “A World of Mischief and Hilarity”

With the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” returning to Broadway and the unstoppable reign of kittens over the internet, Faber & Faber’s series of new editions of individual picture books featuring T.S. Eliot’s feline characters from Old Possum’s Book … Continue reading

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The New York Times Loves Pinny in Summer

Pinny in Summer (By Joanne Schwartz; Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant; 9781554987825; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95) has received a shining feature this weekend in The New York Times! __________________________________________ “A late summer day near the ocean, a smiling girl who … Continue reading

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Two Creston Books in School Library Journal

Two titles from Creston Books have received great reviews from School Library Journal! Busy Busy! (By Lucy Scott; 9781939547255; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $15.99) “A sweet story to share one-on-one with a special, busy child. Recommended for most public library … Continue reading

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A Kirkus Star for You Are Two!

You Are Two (By Sarah O’Leary; Illustrated by Karen Klassen,  9781771470735; Owlkids Book; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $14.95), Sarah O’Leary’s follow-up to this spring’s You Are One, has received a Kirkus Star for fall! O’Leary combines her charming narration with … Continue reading

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PGW Kids and Legato at ALA Annual in Orlando!

PGW Kids and Legato will be at ALA Annual in Orlando, FL this week! We would love to see you at our booths 2212 and 2213. Check out the author signings that we will have during the conference: Friday, June … Continue reading

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INTO THE RIVER Featured in Publishers Weekly

Into the River (Polis Books,9781943818198, Trade Cloth $17.99) by Ted Dawe makes its North American debut this week, and the chilling YA novel (and the controversy preceding it) has been featured in Publishers Weekly! “The Margaret Mahy Award-winning novel follows the … Continue reading

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Bad Girls of Fashion Gets a Kirkus Star!

Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga has received its first glowing starred review. Kirkus calls it a “probing look at influential women in fashion history,” and notes that “richly detailed and engagingly written, Croll’s captivating … Continue reading

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New Releases from Otter-Barry Books

Otter-Barry Books, the independent publishing group headed by Janetta Otter-Barry (formerly of Frances Lincoln), has released some exciting new books this season! I Will Not Wear Pink Plunkett the pig is passionately against wearing pink, but finds himself in a … Continue reading

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GO WEST! New Mexico’s National Book Festival Selection for 2016

Go West!, Joel Nakamura’s award-winning children’s book about the American West, has been chosen as New Mexico’s representative book for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.! This selection was made by the New Mexico State Library Staff, and in … Continue reading

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