Welcome to my magical world of books!

About-Susan

Thank you for visiting. Children’s books are my life’s work and I am thrilled to share my passion for writing and illustration with you. I am a published, award-winning author with Scholastic, Random House, and Barefoot Books. My most recent book, ALL YEAR ROUND (Scholastic, 2016), was named “Best New Book of 2016 by The Children’s Book Review. ABC, SCHOOL’S FOR ME, (Scholastic, 2015), was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and Kirkus Reviews described it as having “rhythms and rhymes (that) are spot-on, and …tackle the tough letters with aplomb.”

As a National Board Certified, Spanish bilingual teacher with over 20 years of expertise in education, I pour my knowledge of students and experience traveling the world into my books.

I am available to present interactive, hands-on, minds-on assemblies and workshops as well as keynote conferences, facilitate professional development days, and deliver motivational speeches in corporate settings.

Click here to book me for an event at your school, library, or conference. I also illustrate in ceramic mosaics. Here are a few upcoming events where you can meet me and see me present.

September 22, 2020 Podcast Episode with Mike Robbins:

The Impact of RBG and Staying Mindful in Challenging Times with Susan B. Katz

In the News

Read a Featured Interview on Susan in Children's Book Insider's November 2020 Issue. Click here.

Read an article Susan wrote for Thrive Global's November 2020 Issue on moving forward with empathy, self-compassion, and connection.

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ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME!

My third book, ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic, 2015), illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, is a celebration of all things school.

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ALL YEAR ROUND

My fourth book, ALL YEAR ROUND (Scholastic, 2015), illustrated by Eiko Ojala is available for Kindle hardcover.

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MY MAMA EARTH

In 2012, MY MAMA EARTH won the Moonbeam Gold for Best Picture Book as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by Education.com.

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ABC, BABY ME!

My first book, ABC BABY ME! (Random House, 2010) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in under three months. 

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DanceyBearHeart“In verse that never misses a beat, Katz describes familiar classroom activities for each letter of the alphabet.” - Publisher’s Weekly

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.” -Kirkus Reviews

 

"ABC perfection!" - Pen Pals & Picture Books

© 2015 Artwork by Lynn Munsinger

Virtual Visits

In 2020, Susan released eight books, including seven early reader biographies. For the past 25 years, Ms. Katz worked as a bilingual elementary educator, National Board Certified Teacher, and literacy specialist. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter who also launched and ran Facebook’s author vertical out of their headquarters. You can find out more about Susan’s books and virtual visits on her Facebook author page or IG: @susanbkatzauthor.

This is my kindergarten school picture.
This is my kindergarten school picture.

About Susan B. Katz

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning, bestselling, Spanish bilingual author/illustrator with Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Bala Kids (Shambhala), Barefoot Books, Callisto Media, Capstone, North South, and Heinemann. She has over a dozen published titles, one of which she wrote in Spanish for Scholastic, and 15 more books forthcoming in 2021. Her book, The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recently hit #18 on Amazon’s overall Bestseller List as well as #9 in children’s books. Meditation Station, a picture book about trains and mindfulness, won the 2020 International Book Award for Best Mind/Body/Spirit Children’s Book and was selected as an Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Non-Fiction Book for Kids. Ms. Katz also earned the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book in celebration of My Mama Earth.

Songs & Videos

Watch videos & listen to songs for All Year Round, ABC, School's For Me & My Mama Earth.

All Year Round by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Eiko Ojala

ABC, School’s For Me by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, music by Julia Bordenaro

My Mama Earth by Susan B. Katz, Illustrated by Melissa Launay, music by Julia Bordenaro

Recent Feedback from Presentations & Keynotes with Susan B. Katz, NBCT

“Susan’s classroom presentation of Mama Earth was an absolute delight for my
1st graders.  My students were thoroughly engaged as Susan, dressed as Mama Earth,
encouraged active participation throughout the reading.  Susan’s presentation
aligned perfectly with our writing program as my young “authors” got to meet
a real author, see and hear the author's work, discuss the writing process,
and learn first-hand what an author can accomplish.  Well done!”

— Andrea Roberts, 1st Grade Teacher

“Susan’s presentation was outstanding!  Across our building, our K-2 students are studying shapes and attributes, and her book tied in perfectly! Susan’s engaging presentation was a hit for students and teachers alike!”

— Kelly, Principal, South School

“We were all delighted with Susan’s visit. The students were fully engaged
in the presentation, including answering questions, volunteering to hold props,
learning accompanying hand motions, and singing the lyrics to her book,
MY MAMA EARTH. The students were very inspired to write their own stories.
It was a wonderful presentation and we are so grateful that Susan took the
time to encourage our young readers and writers.”

— Ms. B, Central Elementary, Belmont, CA

“Spectacular!  A charming presenter. Extremely practical—well planned,
filled with interesting anecdotes. I picked up useful and detailed tips.
I’d sit through this again tomorrow just to pick up more!”

— Denise Beckfield

“Excellent background. Well presented. Compact presentation.”

— Mark Haberstrath

“Knowledgeable with good, applicable ideas.”

— Lynn K.

“Very personalized, interactive, and smart.”

— Elaine P.

“After attending this workshop, I felt eager to go back to the classroom!”

— Yesenia

“Very enthusiastic and engaging!”

— Joanna

“Very practical and helpful. Creative. Good use of realia. Keep up the good work!”

— Paula

 

“Susan has such a dynamic, friendly, and compelling presence!”

— Lara P.

 

“Excellent!  Filled with practical and experience-tested tips.
Also a likable, entertaining presenter.”

— Ginger Z.

“Susan had great energy and made the workshop great!”

— Min K.

“Very helpful! You can tell Susan taught school.  She guided the process nicely”

— Livia Hermiz

“I appreciated Susan’s energy and expertise!”

— Javier C.

“Susan’s ease with presenting is refreshing and puts the audience at ease.
She is welcoming and engaging.  Her materials are specific and the handouts
and information can be applied immediately.”

— Stephanie

“Thanks for all the great ideas. I will use them next week and share with others.”

— Blanca

“Susan has such a dynamic, friendly, and compelling presence!”

— Lara P.

“Very comprehensive and informative. Susan was great!”

— Heather H.