About-SusanSusan B. Katz is an award-winning children’s book author and seasoned, bilingual, National Board Certified Teacher. She started writing in verse in the fourth grade, won a Detroit Free Press award for her poetry in middle school, and continued on to compose all of her high school speeches in rhyme. ALL YEAR ROUND (Scholastic, 2016) is Susan’s fourth book.  Book Lists says, “Rare is the book that can teach season, months, shapes and colors all at once.” ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME! (Scholastic, 2015) is her third book and was illustrated by none-other-than Lynn Munsinger. In 2012, her second book with Barefoot Books, entitled MY MAMA EARTH, won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book as well as being named Top Green Toy by Education.com. Susan’s first book, ABC, BABY ME! (Random House, 2010) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in under three months.  She is thrilled to be published with Scholastic– IT IS A DREAM COME TRUE!

In addition to being a former educator, Susan is the Founder & Executive Director of ConnectingAuthors, a national non-profit bringing authors into schools as role models of literacy and the arts. ConnectingAuthors creates seamless events that inspire students to become lifelong readers and writers. Here is a brief video demonstrating how ConnectingAuthors impacts of the lives of at-risk youth.

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 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.

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!

Please feel free to contact me to book a school visit.

Email me at SusanKatz25@gmail.com or call 415-312-1212.