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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:

ALA SF: Publishers Group West & Legato Publishers Group

There’s something extra special about ALA Annual this year for the PGW Berkeley team because it’s in our city. We can’t wait to have our exhibiting publishers in San Francisco and to meet all the librarians and book lovers at … Continue reading

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Groundwood Books & Highlights/Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek listed on Bank Street Best of 2015

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition includes more … Continue reading

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Button Books

Did you know that Publisher Group West now proudly distributes Button Books in the USA? Based in East Sussex, UK, Button Books (an imprint of GMC Publications) is an exciting new list of design-led children’s books which will appeal to … Continue reading

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The Slippers’ Keeper from Groundwood Books

School Library Journal April Review April. Gr 2-4–This exquisitely illustrated picture book describes the life of Joe Purdon, who devoted his life to the preservation of the showy lady’s-slipper, an orchid native to North America. When he was 13, Purdon … Continue reading

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Prickly Jenny from Owlkids Books

Hello! Angela here from the PGW Berkeley marketing team. I really want to tell you all about a book that resonates with me this week titled Prickly Jenny from Owlkids Books. The last two weeks with my almost four year … Continue reading

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Seaver the Weaver

We are thrilled that Seaver the Weaver was included in Betsy Bird’s review, February 16, 2015, on School Library Journal’s A Fuse #8 Production Blog, as part of a 2015 trend watch piece on spiders and flies. Pull Quote: “Ever … Continue reading

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In a Village By the Sea from Creston Books

We all fell in love with this title when it was presented at Creston Books’ Spring 15 marketing meeting. Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, In a Village by the Sea tells the story of longing … Continue reading

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Kirkus Reviews Seaver the Weaver from Mighty Media Press

“A web designer of the eight-legged sort experiments with geometric shapes in the face of pressure from his many conformist sibs. Being an orb spider, Seaver should weave round webs—but patterns in the starry sky inspire him to try out … Continue reading

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A Kirkus Starred Review for Sidewalk Flowers from Groundwood Books

A starred review from Kirkus is a wonderful way to start the New Year!  We love this heartwarming wordless picture book releasing February 23, 2015. “A child in a red hoodie and a man on a cellphone navigate an urban … Continue reading

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The Flat Rabbit

Flat Rabbit from Owlkids has received some fantastic reviews!  Check out this recent review from New York Times Sunday Book Review online on November 26, 2014. Click here for the full review:  http://tinyurl.com/o94mutg The Flat Rabbit Trade Cloth, Picture Book … Continue reading

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