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Susan Hood


“Susan’s books engage young children’s imaginations while allowing older children to think about environmental issues, health issues and culture.” —Abigail Hoyt von Trapp, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

  “Susan does a good interactive slide show that kids would have fun with. Highly recommended!” — Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library/WLSC

“We loved having her! My students actually wrote signs and letters about saving axolotls. It worked so well with our persuasive writing unit!” —Barbara O’Neill, kindergarten teacher, JFK, Brewster, NY

 “We were so overjoyed to have you visit! It put the ‘inspiration bug’ in us all.”

—Kate Ciccarelli, fourth-grade teacher, Stratfield School, Fairfield, CT

 Susan Hood is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for ages 1-8, including picture books, poetry, beginning readers and works of non-fiction.

Recent awards include the 2017 E.B. White Honor Award; the 2017 Christopher Medal; the 2017 Bank Street Flora Steiglitz Straus Award given to a “distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration for young people;” and the 2017 Americas Award for her book ADA’S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.

 For Susan, the best school visits involve students so her presentations offer interactive slide shows, audience participation, activities that bring children up “on stage,” Q&A and readings, along with book-related handouts and curriculum guides.

She is happy to tailor her presentations to meet your needs and is comfortable speaking to any-size group from individual classes in the library or whole-school assemblies in the gym.

As a former editor with Sesame Street, Nick Jr. and Scholastic, LOVES speaking to kids ranging from pre-K to fifth grade.

Sample Presentations


DOUBLE TAKE: A New Look at Opposites introduces opposites, relative words and how perspective and point of view can affect what we see.

It challenges kids to think twice about their assumptions, to look twice, and

see the world from another’s perspective.

 JUST SAY BOO! All things Halloween for the youngest trick-or-treaters. Games, crafts and book-related activities available on Susan’s website. Can be combined with a talk about SPIKE (see below), a story about a real-life “monster.”

LEAPS AND BOUNCE and ROOTING FOR YOU celebrate nature’s wondrous transformations: from tadpole to frog; seed to plant; caterpillar to butterfly. Combines science with poetry.

SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER offers a young friendship story that stresses empathy and kindness, based on a real animal — the critically-endangered Mexican axolotl that is vital to science and medicine. The SPIKE presentation is an interactive guessing game that helps students understand the research process and discover the role pollution plays with endangered species. Perfect for Earth Day! Includes introductory Spanish words and a firsthand look at sketches and final art by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet.



ADA’S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan’s presentation discusses research, revision, and the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction. Her slides show the real kids who grew up on a landfill in one of the poorest slums in all of South America, how they built musical instruments from items found in the trash, formed an orchestra and are now touring the world. Based on interviews with first violinist Ada Rios and orchestra conductor Favio Chávez, this non-fiction picture book shows how the arts can transform even the most desperate lives. Many schools have built multi-curricula units around the book (covering recycling, poverty, Spanish, music and the science of sound) and challenged kids to create their own musical instruments from household objects.

Can be combined with a viewing of the Landfill Harmonic documentary film about the orchestra. Curriculum guide offers additional teacher resources.



SHAKING THINGS UP Fourteen revolutionary young women who challenged the status quo and sparked change in the world, with each spread illustrated by a top woman illustrator, including Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall. From six-year-old civil rights icon Ruby Bridges to seventeen-year-old Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai to twenty-two-year-old secret agent Eileen Nearne, this book will enthrall young readers with powerful stories of women not much older than they are. Tales of a paleontologist, firefighter and astronaut prove that women can do anything they set their minds to.  In stores January 2018.

LIFEBOAT 12 Based on a true WWII story discovered in family letters, Lifeboat 12 is Susan’s first book for older readers, available fall 2018. How does a picture book author write a middle grade novel? Susan will discuss where ideas come from; the differences between writing picture books and novels; the detective work of researching primary sources; the pitfalls of historical fiction; conducting interviews; revision; fact-checking; and never giving up!

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