Books by Susan Katz

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"In the end, however, they all testify to something important: Presidents are only men (so far, anyway) and capable of every mortal weakness and weirdness. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
This gathering of presidential foibles and fancies covers the gamut, from George W. the First to Barack. Read full book review >
OH, THEODORE! by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A nice addition for classrooms and libraries, and an easy handsell for bookstores. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A boy, settling for the one pet his mom will allow, narrates the gentle, mutual bonding between him and guinea pig Theodore. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SHADBUSH BLOOMS by Carla Messinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This is a gentle introduction to the fact that Native Americans are an important part of our history—and of our present. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Across double-page illustrations, two Lenape Indian families engage in similar activities—an informational juxtaposing of the activities of a family from years past (approx. 400 years ago) as they fish, garden, harvest and play alongside their contemporary counterparts. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR JAGUAR by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though she casts an occasional glance elsewhere, Katz generally stays in the South and Central American rain forests: Still, capped by specific notes and a tour of rain forests worldwide, her insights make essential reading for every child. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the most compelling tour for younger children since Jane Yolen's Welcome to the Green House (1993), Katz presents 19 wonderfully evocative glimpses, mostly in rhyme, of rain-forest flora and fauna. Read full book review >
A REVOLUTIONARY FIELD TRIP by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Hundreds of years away from school.' (glossary) (Poetry. 7-10)"
Linked by Alley's amiably humorous scenes of a small class, led by a Ms. Frizzle-like teacher, trooping through a reconstructed colonial village and sampling hands-on activities, Katz's poems—some rhymed, some in free verse—open windows on daily life in those olden days. Read full book review >
MRS. BROWN ON EXHIBIT by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

The lucky children in Mrs. Brown's class are certainly not fieldtrip-deprived. Read full book review >
SNOWDROPS FOR COUSIN RUTH by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Emotionally wrenching without sentimentality, the four-hanky climax will leave readers sad yet reassured in immeasurable ways. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
A first novel suffused with tenderness and sorrow, about the family of a boy who dies. Read full book review >