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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:

Publishers Weekly Reviews The Misshapes from Polis Books

“Writing as Flynn, first-time novelists Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly make a strong debut with this trilogy opener, set in a world populated by superhumans. Fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson can control the weather with her emotions and yearns to attend Hero … Continue reading

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Wheels of Change from Creston Books

“Gr 4–6—Emily Soper is a 12-year-old who lives in a time of transformation. She sees big changes coming in Washington, DC in 1908—from women’s suffrage to the invention of the automobile. She is even going through a time of personal … Continue reading

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Horrible Hauntings from Goosebottom Books

Halloween is almost here and we love this spooky book because it brings ghosts to life with interactive augmented reality. By downloading a free app and using your smartphone or tablet to view each luscious illustration, you can summon and … Continue reading

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Malala Yousafzai talks about The Breadwinner & Mud City from Groundwood Books
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Weirdo from House of Anansi

Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was … Continue reading

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Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs). In more than 40 exuberant poems and “vandalized” photographs, you’ll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crêpes in her head, … Continue reading

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Alice Waters and the Trip To Delicious from Readers to Eaters

“This picture book biography takes on Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Using an enthusiastic, conversational tone and a free verse form (“In her travels, Alice learned/wonderful food was like a symphony/that woke … Continue reading

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Kirkus reviews Made By Raffi from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

We love this inspirational story about a shy little boy who uses his knitting skills to win over the hearts of his classmates.  “A boy with a flair for fashion finds affirmation. Raffi wonders why he is different from all the … Continue reading

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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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