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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:

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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The New York Times Reviews Tokyo Digs a Garden

  Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka was reviewed in the March 11th issue of The New York Times! Reviewer Paul O. Zelinksky calls the story “a thing of beauty,” and describes Hatanaka’s pictures … Continue reading

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Ada Byron Lovelace

March is Women’s History Month (corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8) and we can think of no better way to honor the achievements of women than with Laurie Wallmark and April Chu’s Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking … Continue reading

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Knock! Knock! Who’s There? A True “Out-of-the-Box Reading Experience”

Kaori Takahashi’s innovative picture book Knock! Knock!, with pages that also flip and unfold up and down instead of just left and right, is receiving critical acclaim for its design and heartwarming story. This charming tale follows a little girl … Continue reading

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It’s All Stars for The White Cat and the Monk

The White Cat and the Monk, Jo Ellen Bogart’s adaptation of the anonymous ninth century Irish poem “Pangur Bán”, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Quill and Quire, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly! This delicately beautiful story is … Continue reading

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