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Lots of exciting stuff going on...

…like American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood, my latest picture-book biography! It’s about the Iowa artist best known for arguably the most iconic American painting of all time—you know, the one with the pitchfork! So much fun to research and write, beautifully illustrated by Ross MacDonald, and published by the art-book specialists at Abrams. Great reviews have been rolling in—check out my blog!—including an extra-special *STARRED* review from Publishers Weekly, who called American Gothic "an inspiring study of an artist who learned to find beauty, truth, and inspiration in the people and landscape of his home.” 

Learn more at AmericanGothicBook.com, where you’ll find video, activities, lesson plans, and more!

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And coming in August 2018, it’s Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted, the true story of the first woman senator of Massachusetts, who learned to fight with her words for what she believes in. Pictures by the amazing illustrator Sarah Green; published by Abrams! More to come, so stay tuned!

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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, my book about Mexican musician, bandleader, and stereo sound pioneer Juan Garcia Esquivel won some pretty nice awards recently (be sure to check out my blog to catch up on the details). Esquivel created whimsical, wonderful music that's totally out of this world, and wildly talented artist Duncan Tonatiuh illustrated the book using his fun, fabulous style based on ancient Mexican art. Esquivel! is available in both English and Spanish editions, brought to you by the fine folks at Charlesbridge Publishing. It’s a Belpré Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Junior Library Guild Selection, and has racked up some lovely raves, including School Library Journal’s coveted starred review and inclusion on its Top Ten Latinx Books list. 

You can learn more about Esquivel!, sample his crazy-cool sound, and find an educator’s guide in both English and Spanish at EsquivelBook.com!

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And don’t forget The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale—it’s so much fun! Check this out: In a daring experiment just after World War II, an Idaho wildlife conservation team relocated via airdrop (!) seventy-six live beavers. One beaver, playfully named Geronimo, endured countless practice drops, seeming to enjoy the skydives, and led the way as all the rodents parachuted into their new home. Can you believe it? Readers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy Geronimo’s true story! Artist and naturalist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, who lives on a 40-acre farm/wildlife refuge in Michigan, illustrated the tale—even traveling to Idaho to get the paintings just right.

Published by Sleeping Bear PressThe Skydiving Beavers is “a true ’tail’ with a happy ending,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Visit SkydivingBeavers.com to learn more about beavers and wildlife conservation and find recently discovered video of the airdrop, plus activities, fun facts, and more! 

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© Susan Wood 2018