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Susan Hood


Susan Hood is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for ages 1-8, including picture books, beginning readers and works of non-fiction. Four brand-new picture books debut in 2016!


LEAPS AND BOUNCE, illustrated by Matthew Cordell  (Hyperion, Spring 2016).

Told in rollicking rhyme, this book uses frog metamorphosis as a metaphor for all growth and change. It’s a companion book to ROOTING FOR YOU, which the New York Times called “a cheerful alternative to Dr. Seuss’s OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO for anyone ready to graduate from one stage of life to another.”


ADA’S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster, Spring 2016)

Little Ada Ríos grew up on a landfill in one of the poorest slums in all of South America. Today, she is the lead violinist of the Recycled Orchestra touring the world with musical instruments made from trash.  Based on interviews with Ada and the orchestra conductor, Favio Chávez, this non-fiction picture book shows how the arts can transform even the most desperate lives. Includes teacher resources such as information on 60 Minutes and on the Landfill Harmonic movie. Also available in Spanish.


MISSION: BACK TO SCHOOL, illustrated by Mary Lundquist (Random House, Fall 2016)

A sequel to MISSION: NEW BABY, this back-to-school book is full of top-secret information every rookie student will want to know.


THE FIX-IT MAN, illustrated by Arree Chung (HarperCollins, Fall 2016)

Joshua James and his sister Sophie use creative problem-solving and Rube Goldberg contraptions to tackle childhood dilemmas. For kids who love to build and invent, the book suggest strategies for trying different approaches, getting help, successfully collaborating and coping with frustration and failure, all with hilarious pictures by the bestselling illustrator of NINJA.


Susan’s previous works have been named Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year, selected for the Junior Literary Guild and awarded the International Latino Award and ReadBoston’s Gold Medal for Best Read-Aloud of the Year.

Susan uses interactive PowerPoint presentations, audience participation, show-and-tell and readings, along with book-related hand-outs and curriculum guides. She is happy to tailor her presentations to meet your needs and as a former editor with Sesame Street, Nick Jr. and Scholastic, is comfortable with ages ranging from pre-K to fifth grade.

For additional information, visit Download her School Visit brochure, complete with testimonials, on her home page.