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American Gothic a Junior Library Guild Selection

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Wowza! Just learned that my forthcoming picture book American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood, about the artist behind one of the world’s most iconic paintings, is a Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection

That means young readers across the country will have access to the book at hundreds of wonderful school and public libraries. Illustrator Ross MacDonald and I are absolutely thrilled! American Gothic will be published by Abrams in September 2017.

Thanks so much, JLG!


Through the Looking Glass on Skydiving Beavers: “True Tale” with a “Wonderful Ending”

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So grateful for the lovely take on The Skydiving Beavers from Through the Looking Glass—here’s a snippet:

Though some people might find this hard to believe, this story is a true one. In 1948 Elmo Heter and his colleagues really did transport seventy-six beavers to the Idaho wilderness by using boxes strapped to parachutes. Young readers and grown-ups alike are going to enjoy this true tale, which has a wonderful ending. 

Many thanks, TTLG!

Five Questions with Susan Wood, Author of Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Many, many thanks to fellow kidlit author James Preller (the Jigsaw Jones and Scary Tales series, The Courage Test, The Fall, Bystander, Six Innings, and more) for the fun “5 Questions” interview—great queries about Esquivel! and other stuff that had me digging deep for answers! 

Esquivel! a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

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Awesome news! 

Just learned that Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, with illustrations by Duncan Tonatiuh, is a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year (Biography and Memoir, ages 9-12), joining a list of outstanding titles from authors and illustrators I so admire! Honored and thankful to be in their company.


Touching Down for International Beaver Day: The Skydiving Beavers

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Who knew? Today’s International Beaver Day! Suggestion for adding to your celebration—my new picture book, The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale

It’s the amazing story of a daring experiment just after World War II, when an Idaho wildlife conservation team relocated via airdrop—yep, parachutes!—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. Readers and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy Geronimo’s true tale, as well as the luminous illustrations of the Idaho wilderness by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

You can learn more about the book and holiday, plus find kid-friendly directions to make an adorable beaver craft from a thread spool, at Celebrate Picture Books. Be sure to check it out! 

And happy, happy #BeaverDay!


© Susan Wood 2016