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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:

Need To Know Publishing

These days children are growing up in a world far more complex than ever before and this is why three dads – Brad, Marc and Robert – founded Need To Know Publishing and created the What Every Child Needs To Know series … Continue reading

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The Shark Whisperer from Scarletta Junior Readers

Look out for this action-packed story of adventure, fantasy, and humor that reveals the wonders of ocean and marine life published to coincide with Earth Day (April 22) and World Oceans Day (June 8) After his most klutzy move ever,  … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly reviews I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company

Publishers Weekly recently reviewed I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company. This delightful book is a children’s adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love … Continue reading

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The Tweedles Go Electric from Groundwood Books
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Kirkus Starred Review for Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire from Creston Books!

It’s a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are … Continue reading

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NY Times Sunday Book Review- The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

David Brown, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, reviews The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. “What must anyone born this century make of the Beatles? They didn’t command attention by swinging naked on demolition balls. They … Continue reading

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Kirkus Starred Review for Sunrise from Tanglewood

“Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy. After Stockton’s invasion of Warren in Ashen Winter (2012), Warren’s residents take refuge at Uncle Paul’s farm. Determined to take back their town and unwilling to listen to teenagers … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate with Goosebottom Books!

Publisher’s Group West is now the distributor for Goosebottom Books – a small award winning press dedicated to “fun non-fiction” founded by Shirin Yim Bridges, author of Ruby’s Wish.  http://goosebottombooks.com/home/pages/OurBooks The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses won a silver IPPY … Continue reading

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Kirkus reviews Starting from Scratch from OwlKids

Starting from Scratch is a manifesto that will help kids understand food, appreciate it and, hopefully, be inspired to spend some time in the kitchen. Even readers who decide the kitchen isn’t for them will leave with an improved sense of … Continue reading

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The Magic Bojabi Tree from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly Review “Set long ago on a parched African plain, this folktale retelling follows five animals whose search for food leads them to a tree “covered in red, ripe fruit smelling of sweetest mangoes, fat as melons, juicy as … Continue reading

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