Author Archives: Susanne Whitehouse

Reading for Research … it’s ReFoReMo!

If you are considering writing books for children, the first piece of advice I would give is to read LOTS and LOTS of books for children. Simple, right? For the past ten years, I have been reading children’s books like a part-time job. Seriously. I almost always have a bag full of library books in […]

Valentiny Contest 2018

Children’s author and blogger, Susanna Leonard Hill, is in the third year of her Valentine’s Day contest, affectionately known as “Valentiny.” The tiny part is for the tiny humans your story should be written for and because of the tiny word count…only 214 words or less! This year’s entries must include a character who is hopeful. […]

2018 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The John Newbery Medal and Randolph Caldecott Medal winners, along with the Honor books, have been announced! I already placed them on reserve at my local library. Of course, now that these books are famous, it will be much harder to find them! John Newbery Medal Awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This […]

Storystorm 2018

Storystorm, formally know as PiBoIdMo, or Picture Book Idea Month, has come to a close. I am proud to say that I completed the challenge on time this year! Storystorm is an annual on-line event run by author Tara Lazar. She has written some awesome picture books, such as The Monstore, Little Red Gliding Hood and Normal […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Jan 2018)

Life at my house has been a little crazy lately. School is overwhelmingly busy, basketball season is in full swing AND we got a Great Dane puppy in November! As you can imagine, my writing and reading time has been pretty much nonexistent this month. However, I did manage to revisit an old Steven Kellogg […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Dec 2017)

Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years) & Middle Grades (8-12 years):

What I’ve Been Reading (Nov 2017)

Infant & Toddler (ages 0-3 years) & Preschool (ages 3-5 years):Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (ages 5-8 years): Early Elementary (ages 5-8 years):

Andrea Alexander and Danny Moore: Interview with the Author and Illustrator of Sports Biographies from Mascot Books

Many book ideas are born when an author sees a hole in the market that needs to be filled. Andrea Alexander saw a need for books about real athletes that were easy enough for reluctant readers.  Alexander and the illustrator Danny Moore, have created a series of sports biographies that are instant hits with young […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Oct. 2017)

My library book bag was full of great books this month! Happy reading! Infant & Toddler (ages 0-3 years) & Preschool (ages 3-5 years): Preschool (ages 3-5 years): Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years): Middle Grades (8 to 12 years):