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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:

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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Annick, Groundwood, and Owlkids in SLJ!

Annick Press, Groundwood, and Owlkids Books have been featured in a School Library Journal article highlighting diversity in Canadian children’s book publishing! This article focuses on diversity and “the inclusivity of—and the collaboration between—the publishing industry and public libraries in … Continue reading

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Maxwell the Monkey Barber Book Trailer!

Cale Atkinson has developed an adorable 8-bit book trailer for Maxwell the Monkey Barber (Atkinson; 9781771471039; Owlkids Books; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95) over at All the Wonders! Check it out here, along with an interview about Cale’s creative process … Continue reading

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Kirkus & PW Stars for Turn On the Night!

Turn on the Night (By Geraldo Valério; 9781554988419; Groundwood; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $18.95) has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly! Turn on the Night comes out next month on September 13th. “A little girl falls asleep—clutching her … Continue reading

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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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