Susan E. Goodman

To research some of her 30+ nonfiction books for children, Susan E. Goodman has paddled down the Amazon River, swung up onto the steel of a (very tall) New York skyscraper, and shivered in the Arctic Circle.

Her books include ALA Notable All in Just One Cookie and On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time, Washington Post‘s Top Picture Book of its year. Other books, such as, How Do You Burp in Space? And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know, The Truth About Poop, and It’s a Dog’s Life: How Man’s Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World have shared a dozen state book award nominations between them and have been Junior Library Guild selections.

Susan’s latest book is The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. The New York Times called it “an eloquent, inspiring reminder that the march toward justice is a long, twisting journey.” Among other awards, The First Step has been named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book, Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, an ILA Teachers’ Choice Pick, and the 2017 Massachusetts State Book Award for Children.

Susan, who lives in Boston, also teaches children’s book writing at Lesley University’s Low Residency MFA Program in Cambridge, MA.

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