February, 2017

Bluebonnet Books

ADA is nominated for the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Thank you, Texas librarians and kids, and congrats to all. I've read a bunch of these and can't wait to check out the rest!

 



January, 2017

Mock Caldecotts and Siebert Smackdowns

Every year teachers around the country get their kids buzzing about books and the ALA Youth Media Awards (held at the end of January) by holding their own mock competitions. Author Melissa Stewart explains how it works in this blog post and teacher Michele Knott talks about how these projects enourage young readers to look through a critical lens. Thanks for sharing these photos with me and congrats to all the winners! 



December, 2016

Happy Holidays to All! 

 

Best Books of Year Lists

Love this time of year when everyone looks back at the books published in the past 12 months and remembers the ones that wowed us; the ones that made us giggle, shed a tear, or mull over a big idea; the ones we couldn't wait to share with kids. So many riches in 2016! I have more favorites than I could possibly name, but here are two picture books I thought broke the mould:

 

And when one of your own books makes a Best Book of the Year list? What a gift! Thanks to these sites for including ADA'S VIOLIN on your lists:

 

International Reading Association: Notable Books for a Global Society 2017

 

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award: Recommended Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

 

New York Public Library: 100 Best Books for Kids 2016

 

Center for the Study of Multicultural Studies: Best Books of 2016 

 

California Reading Association: Eureka Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Medal

 

SLJ and Fuse 8's 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books selected by Betsy Bird

 

The 2016 Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books

 

All the Wonders: Best of 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books

 

So You Want to Write a Children's Book

Another highlight of the month was this sold-out, full-day workshop hosted by the Fairfield Public Library in Fairfield, CT. Kudos to Town Librarian Karen Ronald and her staff and especially to event organizer (and children's book illustrator) MaryJo Scott for a fabulous day! 

 

                Jennifer Thermes, Deborah Freedman, me, Karlin Gray, Tracy Newman.

               Not pictured: Ann Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell

 

 

 

                             Michaela MacColl, Ann Haywood Leal, Christine Pakkala,

                             Susan Ross, Elise Broach, Tony Abbott, Nora Raleigh Baskin,

                             and Moderator Susannah Richards

 



November 2016

THE FIX-IT MAN DEBUTS NOVEMBER 8

Illustrator Arree Chung and I had a great time collaborating on this book about Joshua James and his sister Sophie—two pint-sized builders who use creative problem-solving to rid the house of a stinky problem. School Library Journal says, "VERDICT: Pair with Andrea Beaty’s Ada Twist, Scientist for a terrific session on the trial and error of tinkering and problem-solving. A recommended general purchase." Perfect for tiny tinkerers who love MakerSpaces, THE FIX-IT MAN has been chosen as the book of the month at My Book Box

 

NerdCamp!

I went to my first NerdCamp in Long Island and what a great day it was! 

 

 

 

 

 

 



October 2016

HOORAY FOR READ-ALOUD DAY!

Anyone reading the New York Times lately knows that Bridgeport, CT, schools are sadly neglected. One organization that has been trying to change that for the past 30 years is the School Volunteer Association, which hosts a city-wide Read-Aloud Day each October.

More than 650 volunteers go into the classrooms to share a love of reading and donate copies of the selected books. I'm humbled to have ADA'S VIOLIN selected as the fifth grade book, among fantastic reads by Sophie Blackhall, Beth Ferry, Doug Florian, Heather Lang, Nicola O'Bryne, and Patricia Polacco.

 



September 2016

ADA AND THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA COME TO NEW YORK!

Thrilled to finally meet Ada Ríos, Favio Chávez, and the kids of the Recycled Orchestra in person when they came to New York City for the premiere of the Landfill Harmonic documentary film. After playing for the United Nations and being interviewed by CBS and NPR, the orchestra joined me for a school visit in the Bronx. 

 

 

 

 



August 2016

SCBWI SUMMER MEETUP

Thanks, Michaela MacColl, for organizing this end of summer SCBWI meetup—a pot-luck supper on the beach. With authors Laura Toffler-CorrieSari BodiSarah AlbeeChristine PakkalaMaryJo ScottSusan Ross and new friends. 



JULY, 2016

A FIRST! 

I've always been a fan of Candlewick Press so I'm thrilled to announce DOUBLE TAKE, my first Candlewick picture book coming next spring.    

 



May and June, 2016

REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Loved talking with bloggers over the past few months. Here's a tip of the hat to them for all they do to connect kids and books!

 

First up, thanks to the wonderful Alyson Beecher for her interesting interview questions on Kid Lit Frenzy. Check out our Q & A here

 

And many thanks to the bloggers below for these marvelous reviews! (Click on the links to see the full reviews.) 

 

About ADA'S VIOLIN

 

 from the June CBC Diversity Newsletter

 

"With each reading the richness of Susan Hood's use of language increases in this nonfiction narrative. Research and interviews revealed personal and specific details which she includes in her concert of words; quotations, spoken Spanish and the insertion of sound effects adding to the authenticity. Hood clearly represents the physical living conditions of life in Cateura but also describes the generosity of spirit found in the people highlighted in this title. ... The design in a word is stunning.  The blend of textures, images, light and shadows and individual items literally takes your breath away."  ...one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2016.  —Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest

 

"with practice, hard work, determination, and pride, they go farther beyond their wildest dreams ever imagined. Susan Hood tells their story wonderfully, coupled with Sally Wern Comport’s illustrations. You'll want a copy of your own." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading

 

"A must-purchase book for all ages." —Proseandkahn

 

"This picture book is a celebration of the way that hope can change lives, and it is sure to inspire young readers to believe in their own dreams no matter now impossible they may seem." —Mackin Books in Bloom

 

"Families live in poverty all over the world. The story, Ada's Violin, allows readres to empathize with their lives and witness their fight against such undesirable conditions. In this story, we are witness to the power of courage, community, and creativity to overcome insurmountable odds."  —Keila Dawson, Perfect Picture Book Friday

 

"I love stories like this one because they remind me that no matter how ugly the world can get, there is still hope. A beautifully told, truly inspiring true story about the impact that one person or small group of people can have on the world around them." —Geo Librarian

 

About LEAPS AND BOUNCE

 

 Buttons designed by Leaps and Bounce illustrator Matthew Cordell

 

"... you will be smiling from beginning to end. The words and pictures are full of a zest for growing and living. I have not had quite this much fun reading about frogs since I first read Tuesday by David Wiesner." — Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest

 

"The theme of embracing and celebrating change was prevalent through the text and art of this book. Children face many changes and challenges as they grow up, and we can either teach them to embrace it, or run away from it. This book encourages readers to fully embrace and jubilate in changes that take place." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading

 

"Acclaimed author Susan Hood joyfully explores the developmental amphibian cycle in Leaps and Bounce, a jazzy riff on the "growing by leaps and bounds" adage. The text's rhythm and rhyme brings "bounce" to each page and invites readers to take the next page turn "leap". Award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's art perfectly mimics the exhuberant words. Destined to become a can't-miss sure-fire hit!"Reading Style Guide



APRIL 2016

INTERVIEW AND SNEAK PEEKS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

Happy to talk with Dylan Teut, Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Director, Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Nebraska, children's book lover and all-around great guy on "Mile High Reading!" See his interview here.



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