About Susan 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.

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.

Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook.

When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach.

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Here are some interesting facts about my life as an author:

I started writing when I was in kindergarten—a story about my dog, Ginger—and continued on to discover poetry in the 4th grade.

In high school, I composed all of my school speeches — including that of Valedictorian — in rhyme.

I think about words and rhyme all the time.

I speak Spanish so I am often comparing cognate words like libería (bookstore) and library and noticing their roots.

Being an author and illustrator takes lots of patience, persistence and perseverance. It took me ten years to get my first book published!

I write most of my picture books on my iPhone while I am flying on airplanes.

So far, all of my books are under 500 words.

I am working on an adult novel right now which is taking MUCH longer to complete than my children’s books.

MEDITATION STATION is what I call a cutie pie book, which means it’s one of the cutest books I’ve ever seen. It reminds me that I can choose to “stay in the station” and focus on my breathing rather than dwelling on negative thoughts. Being a person with a busy mind that’s always going and going, I appreciate the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. This book shows kids (and grown-ups!) that thoughts can be like trains that zoom by. And we have the power to let certain thoughts roll right on down the railroad track. The story features soothing rhymes and sweet illustrations by Anait Semirdzhyan. Adding to the cuteness is the size of this book. It’s physically small — just right for little hands.