Books by Susan E. Goodman

Released: July 9, 2013

"A fizzy look at what space vacationers of the near future can expect. (photographs, glossary, websites, source notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
With space tourism close to becoming a reality, Goodman and Slack offer aspiring young intergalactic travelers an entertaining and informative travel guide. Read full book review >
IT'S A DOG'S LIFE by Susan E. Goodman
Released: July 3, 2012

"Children will be barking up the right tree with this enjoyable read. There's still no telling why dogs run after letter carriers, though.… (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
(A lot of) everything kids ever wanted to know about dogs—but couldn't ask. Now, the bare bones of doggy secrets are revealed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2008

Stating that "democracy is a messy business and it's our job to sort it out," Goodman takes a simplified route through the electoral process in this country, with special reference to presidential elections. Read full book review >

GEE WHIZ! by Susan E. Goodman
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Hoping for a follow-up to The Truth about Poop (2004)? Read full book review >

ALL IN JUST ONE COOKIE by Susan E. Goodman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 1, 2006

Chocolate-chip cookies may come from Grandma's oven, but their ingredients come from all over the world, as a pair of exuberant animal researchers finds out. Read full book review >

SKYSCRAPER by Susan E. Goodman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

Chock-a-block with big, bright, sharp color photos, this pictorial essay follows a New York City skyscraper (the new Random House Building, in a deft bit of product placement) from architect's table to furniture deliveries, then pulls back for dramatic high- and low-angle shots, plus some historical background. Read full book review >

THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP by Susan E. Goodman
HEALTH
Released: May 1, 2004

Declaring that "it's time take poop out of the closet," Goodman plops factual pellets from human and natural history alike into topical chapters covering dung's nature; production; varieties; uses in love, war, and, yes, sports; the development of flushing toilets (pointedly scrubbing the myth that Thomas Crapper was solely responsible); toilet paper; and urban waste reclamation. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2003

Goodman tells the story of Robert Henry Hendershot, the famous "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock." Read full book review >

ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP 5 by Susan E. Goodman
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: May 1, 2001

A dozen young teens undergo simulated astronaut training in this fascinating photo journal that's packed with information on NASA space flights, training equipment, and kid comments about the rigor and excitement of preparing for space travel. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2000

This author took children on previous field trips to Adventures in the Amazonian Rain Forest (1995) and Wading into Marine Biology (1999). Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2000

Goodman (Ultimate Field Trip #3, p. 799, etc.) offers the riveting and true account of John Walsh, who has dedicated his life to saving animals. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1999

In a third travelogue chronicling a middle school field trip, Goodman and Doolittle (Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs, 1998, etc.) observe students on a week-long visit to Cobscook Bay, Maine. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1998

This scrapbook chronicle of an archaeological field trip combines photo album with scientific inquiry, following a format identical to Goodman's previous venture, Bats, Bugs, and Biodiversity (1995). Packing water bottles and smelling of sunscreen, a group of eighth graders from Hannibal, Missouri, embark on a field trip much more than a bus ride away to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, aiming to dig up the past of ancestral Puebloans (formerly called Anasazi), who lived on mesas and canyon tops of the Southwest desert over 700 years ago. Read full book review >

HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A fascinating look into aspects of the natural world that are imperceptible to humans. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

Michigan meets the Amazon in this photo essay about 74 7th and 8th graders who spent a week in a Peruvian rain forest. Read full book review >