Books by Susan Marie Swanson

THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Susan Marie Swanson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 5, 2008

"Krommes's breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the text's message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Inspired by a traditional poem from The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, Swanson's cumulative tale begins, "Here is the key to the house." Read full book review >
TO BE LIKE THE SUN by Susan Marie Swanson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The large, wonderfully patterned illustrations are perfect for sharing, and the ideas lend themselves to discussion and curriculum applications for young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Addressing a sunflower seed, a small girl contemplates the transformation from seed to sunflower and back to seed again, from spring planting through winter snow. Read full book review >
THE FIRST THING MY MAMA TOLD ME by Susan Marie Swanson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Perfectly intertwined story and pictures are tender and heartwarming and will prompt parents and children to recall their own similar celebrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Picture books abound about children's identities and self-esteem, but this charmer takes a fresh approach and presents it in a child's first-person voice. Read full book review >
LETTER TO THE LAKE by Susan Marie Swanson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"If all love letters are made poignant by the sorrows of separation, this one rings true; the picture-book set, however, may find it too unsettling to appreciate. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 From the team behind Getting Used to the Dark (1997), a picture book that contrasts the drudgery of a wintry here and now with sparkling, ever-green scenes of summer at the lake. Read full book review >
GETTING USED TO THE DARK by Susan Marie Swanson
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A promising collection, evocatively illustrated. (Poetry. 8-14)"
 Swanson debuts with a brief but consistently high-quality gathering of unrhymed observations and meditations about sleep, dreams, night, nature, family, and other topics. Read full book review >