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Happy Book Birthday, ELIZABETH WARREN: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

Today’s the day! Illustrator Sarah Green and I, along with the wonderful folks at Abrams, are so excited to release Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted out into the world! We hope to inspire young readers to stand up and speak out for their beliefs—to insist, resist, persist!

Win a Signed Copy of ELIZABETH WARREN: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED from A Mighty Girl

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The fabulous A Mighty Girl website—the world's largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls—is giving away signed copies of Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persistedenter here!

Wonderful way to celebrate the book's b-day tomorrow! Thanks so much, A Mighty Girl!


Join Me at Books of Wonder NYC August 12 to Talk Picture Book Biographies

If you'll be in NYC on August 12, hope you'll stop by the fabulous Books of Wonder downtown, where I'll be joining fellow author Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrators James E. Ransome and Paul Hoppe to chat about picture book biographies, and to sign a bunch, including Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted!! 

Excited to be in such esteemed company!!

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ELIZABETH WARREN: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED Gets Kirkus Thumbs-Up


Been holding my breath... At last, the first review of Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted is in—and it's fab!!!

Fave tidbits: "Wood’s bookended use of the refrain 'She insisted. / She resisted. / She persisted' emphasizes Warren’s fortitude and frames the rest of the narrative....With a colorful but muted palette, full-bleed spreads, and clear lines, Green’s illustrations feel calm and steadfast, matching Wood’s portrayal of Warren....A strong, upbeat introduction to a bold figure.”


Thanks so much, Kirkus!


Celebrating the Senator’s Birthday with ELIZABETH WARREN: NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED

Happy birthday, Senator Warren! Thank you for always insisting, resisting, and persisting. 

And thank you, Abrams, for creating this beautiful book—hope it inspires young fighters for fairness everywhere! 

Publishes August 7, 2018, with gorgeous illos from the fab Sarah Green!


AMERICAN GOTHIC at Art Institute of Chicago, Home of Iconic Painting


Hey, this place looks familiar! Look—here I am in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, home of artist Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic, holding illustrator Ross MacDonald’s spread of the very same view in our book American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood. The columns, the arches—those lions! Wow!

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And there’s our book, face out in the museum’s shop, keeping some very good company. Hooray!

Alas, the painting itself was out of town when I visited, part of a Grant Wood exhibit at New York City’s Whitney Museum. I swear I’ll catch up with it one day!



¡ESQUIVEL! Named to 2018–2019 Tejas Star Reading List of Best Spanish/Bilingual Children’s Books

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Honored to learn that ¡Esquivel! Un artista de sonido de la era espacial was chosen for the 2018–2019 Tejas Star Reading List of best Spanish/bilingual children's books and will be the topic of a presentation at the Texas Library Association's annual conference next week in Dallas! 

Muchas gracias, TLA!




Sleeping Bear Press to Publish Sandy Feet

So this happened! From Publishers Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf:

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Sleeping Bear did such a beautiful job with The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale. And Steliyana’s work is absolutely beautiful. So excited to see what they come up with!

Fun fact 1: I wrote this manuscript waaaaaay back in 2006. Tried for years—on my own and with an agent—to place it with a publisher, with no luck. I put it away. But I still believed in it. After Skydiving Beavers was published, it occurred to me that my nature-appreciating friends at Sleeping Bear might appreciate this story, agent sent it their way, and—hooray!—Sandy Feet finally found its home.

Fun fact 2: The book was inspired by the license plate on a slow-rolling SUV I may or may not have been tailgating all those years ago: SNDY FT. Yep, inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime! 

Cover Reveal! Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted

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Guess if my editor is tweeting about it, it’s time for a cover reveal! Beautiful, isn’t it?

Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Text by Susan Wood, pictures by Sarah Green

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Elizabeth Warren has always been persistent. As a child, after a heart attack put her father out of work, Elizabeth helped her family make ends meet by babysitting, waitressing, and sewing, all while skipping a grade and shining on her high school’s debate team.

Debate taught Elizabeth how to fight—not with fists, but with words. Through debate, she could be seen and heard, and she could fight for what she thought was right. This skill eventually won her a state championship and a college scholarship, and it has served her throughout her career as a lawyer, law professor, and senator.

As a politician, Elizabeth remembered how it felt to be in a struggling middle-class family, unable to get by. She chose to specialize in laws about economic inequality, and she continues to use that expertise today to fight (with her words) for fair treatment for all. 

Elizabeth Warren, by acclaimed author Susan Wood, shares the incredible story of the first woman senator from Massachusetts, a modern-day feminist icon who reminds us to be outspoken, to resist, and—most importantly—to persist.

Coming August 2018 from Abrams Books for Young Readers—cant wait! 

#NeverthelessShePersisted



American Gothic Makes Iowa Public Radio’s Best Children’s Books to Give 2017

Abrams Kids just shared some fun news—Iowa Public Radio has included American Gothic in its holiday kidlit gift guide! AG joins so many fabulous others, including Esquivel! illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh's own stunning Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México.

Wanna listen? Duncan's Danza! is discussed at 29:31, American Gothic at 33:21.

Many thanks, Iowa Public Radio!




© Susan Wood 2018