Ciao, Bologna Children’s Book Fair!

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Headed to Italy tomorrow and I’m so excited! 

On April 2, I’ll be part of a panel discussion on the evolution/revolution of women in children’s books over the last few years. Will be speaking about Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted, my picture book biography of the first woman senator from Massachusetts and, now, a candidate for president of the United States in the 2020 election. I’ll be joining women authors, illustrators, reviewers, publishers, and more. 

If you’ll be at the fair, be sure to catch the panel—and say hello!


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Grab the guac! 

It’s happy book birthday to my latest picture book, Holy Squawkamole! Little Red Hen Makes Guacamole, a tasty take on the classic tale with a super spicy twist! Published by Sterling Children’s Books, and with adorable illustrations by Laura González, it’s all sorts of yummy fun—kid-friendly guac recipe included! But don’t take my word for it—here’s what Booklist had to say:

Award-winning picture-book author Wood refreshes a classic folk tale with this Spanish language inflected rendition in which Little Red Hen or gallinita roja craves fresh guacamole and needs help harvesting the ingredients. She asks her friends—an armadillo, a snake, and an iguana—for help, but they all refuse to assist (except in eating the guacamole). Without any assistance, she rightfully gets to choose what goes in her recipe, and she decides to add an unexpected ingredient, jalapeño. When the guacamole is ready, her unhelpful friends happily devour it, but they soon catch on once they realize how spicy gallinita roja's guacamole is. González's soft, bright illustrations feature pleasantly rounded creatures with expressive faces, and throughout Wood seamlessly integrates the unitalicized Spanish terms, which are all clear, thanks to contextual clues as well as a glossary. Other backmatter includes fun facts about the history of guacamole and a variety of recipes, including gallinita roja’s.

You can find more zesty info, plus recipes, activities, and more at

Hmm, I’m thinking Mexican for dinner tonight… :-D

© Susan Wood 2022