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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:

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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In a Village By the Sea Wins Northern California Book Award

The 35th annual Northern California Book Awards took place on Sunday, May 15 at Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Library, and celebrated and recognized Northern Californian authors and their best books of 2015. Among the honored was In a … Continue reading

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PGW Kids at BEA 2016!

PGW Kids is at BEA Chicago this week! Come by Booth #2365 and check out all the great books on our frontlist and backlist, and visit the rest of the great booths in our aisle. BEA Chicago McCormick Place Convention … Continue reading

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Mighty Media = Midwest Book Award Finalists!

Three Mighty Media titles have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Midwest Book Awards! If an Elephant Went to School by Ellen Fischer, illustrated by Laura Wood, and Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb, … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? Q&A in Kirkus!

Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) has done a Kirkus Q&A with What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? co-author Emma Dryden. What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? is the sixth book in the What Does … Continue reading

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Mom, Dad, Our Books and Me in The New York Times

Danielle Marcotte and Josée Bisaillon‘s beautiful book about books, Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me, has received a great review in the April 10th issue of The New York Times! Gorgeous and sophisticated, this book doesn’t just preach about the … Continue reading

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Three Children’s Books for National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, meant to celebrate and draw attention to autism acceptance and awareness. These three books are written from the point of view of characters with autism, and highlight the challenges and successes of life on … Continue reading

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Groundwood Wins Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year

Groundwood Books has won the esteemed BOP Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year for North America! The six winners of this prize received the awards in the Sala dello Stabat Mater at the Archiginnasio Library at … Continue reading

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Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Featured in Kirkus and SLJ!

Susie Jaramillo’s innovative, bilingual, accordion-style board book adaptation of one of the most popular nursery rhymes in the Spanish-speaking world has received a Kirkus Star and coverage in School Library Journal! Kirkus calls Little Chickies/Los Pollitos “a thoroughly engaging, ingeniously … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves Blanche Hates the Night!

Blanche does NOT want to go to sleep, and she’ll do anything and everything to chase away the moon and wake up the sun. She sings. She bangs on her drum. She somersaults. She gets yelled at by her mother. … Continue reading

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