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Beach seasons almost here!

Wishing a warm welcome-to-the-world to Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore, my whimsical ecology-detective picture book in fun rhyming verse! Published by Sleeping Bear Press, and with adorable illustrations by Steliyana Doneva, the book turns a sandy beach into an outdoor classroom as kids find and follow tracks made by all sorts of seaside critters. STEM-based back matter includes information on how clues like footprints can identify the type of wildlife inhabiting any given habitat.

School Library Journal awarded the book its coveted star, deeming it "an engaging read which encourages children to explore the natural world around them, and to fully utilize and embrace their senses."

Happy, happy book birthday, sweet Sandy Feet!

SANDY FEET Earns Starred Review from School Library Journal

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Exciting news! School Library Journal has bestowed its prestigious starred review upon my latest picture book, Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore! Their verdict: An engaging read which encourages children to explore the natural world around them, and to fully utilize and embrace their senses. 

So excited for the book’s super-talented illustrator, Steliyana Doneva, and our ever-supportive publisher, Sleeping Bear Press. The esteemed trade journal also used a spread from the book in its "April 2019 Stars" roundup. Thanks ever so much, SLJ!

Check out the full review!

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Women in Children’s Books a Discussion Topic at Bologna Children’s Book Fair


I was delighted and honored to be part of an important discussion at the 56th annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair about the representation of women in children’s books. Moderated by Maria Russo, children’s books editor at the New York Times, the “Time Is on Their Side: Women in Children’s Books" panel included authors, illustrators, publishers, and journalists from around the world. It was fascinating to hear the history and current climate of women’s representation in children’s literature in other parts of the globe—for better or worse. 

General consensus: positive messages regarding gender equality and women’s rights will only continue to flourish, especially as awareness grows and threats to these issues arise. 

It was wonderful and enlightening to meet and learn from these intriguing women, and I’m so grateful to BCBF and its exhibition manager Elena Pasoli for including me.

Photo: BCBF exhibition manager Elena Pasoli introduces the panel—seated from left, Olga Maëotz, literary critic (Russia); author Susan Wood (USA); Vichi de Marchi, journalist and author (Italy); NYT children’s books editor Maria Russo (USA), Beatrice Masini, author and editorial director of Bompiani (Italy); Gillian Engberg, editorial consultant (USA); Isabel Sánchez Vegara, author (Spain); Ana Albero, illustrator (Spain); Sophie Gallo-Selva, publisher, Les petites mustaches (France). Not pictured: Bodour Al Qasimi, vice president, International Publishers Association and publisher, Kalimat (UAE), and Marta Breen, author (Norway).

Photo: Ada Treves 

© Susan Wood 2022