Books by Susan Swan

Susan Swan's critically acclaimed fiction has been published in sixteen countries. Her last novel, The Wives of Bath, was a finalist for the Guardian Award and the Trillium Award and made into the feature film Lost and Delirious, shown in 32 countries. Ot

STRETCH TO THE SUN by Carrie A. Pearson
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An earnest seedling, this book never grows to its full potential. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A small sprout grows for hundreds of years until it becomes a full-grown coast redwood. Read full book review >
SUN ABOVE AND BLOOMS BELOW by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not a strong choice for either springtime explorations or opposites, though teachers may reach for this in preparation for a farm field trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Chernesky and Swan rounds out the four seasons with this look at springtime opposites (Cheers for a Dozen Ears, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Released: March 1, 2014

"Nails its seasonal and counting concepts, with both flair and flaws. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chernesky and Swan (Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, 2013) reunite, again pairing a season with an early learning concept. Read full book review >
PICK A CIRCLE, GATHER SQUARES by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This is neither the best shape book nor the best fall book out there, though if teachers are looking to combine the topics, this may be a good choice. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A father-daughter-son trip to the pumpkin patch is an opportunity to point out shapes while enjoying the sights and tastes of the season. Read full book review >
VOLCANO RISING by Elizabeth Rusch
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A clever and appealing introduction to a remarkable natural phenomenon. (glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Blowing their tops off, growing taller and wider, and forming new mountains and islands, volcanoes can be both destructive and creative. Extraordinary illustrations complement this description of eight extraordinary Earth events. Read full book review >
OUT ON THE PRAIRIE by Donna M. Bateman
Released: July 21, 2012

"Another outstanding appreciation of the natural world for young readers and listeners both. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Traditionally patterned verses celebrate the flora, fauna and wide sky of the mixed-grass prairie of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 2005

"Some nice historical color and a raft of exotic settings, hobbled by the pedestrian plot and a tiresome contemporary protagonist."
Canadian novelist Swan (The Wives of Bath, 1993, etc.) intertwines 18th- and 21st-century tales to lead two young women toward maturity and emotional fulfillment. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Elementary teachers could use this as a springboard to a discussion on the many different meanings of the same word. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Lots of things are falling in this salute to autumn. Read full book review >
IT’S WINTER! by Linda Glaser
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Suggestions for winter projects and activities follow the text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A chill is in the air and the leaves have all fallen from the trees, as an exuberant child runs "here and there, catching snowflakes in the air." Read full book review >
IT’S FALL! by Linda Glaser
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nature seems to come alive within the pages of this beautiful and interesting tribute to the many joys of autumn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This celebration of all things autumn will delight young children as they begin to imagine piles of leaves for jumping and big orange pumpkins for carving. Read full book review >
IT’S SPRING! by Linda Glaser
Released: March 1, 2001

"A natural choice for springtime reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Glaser and Swan team up once again in this eye-catching and informative ode to nature, the second in a series of seasonal titles (It's Fall!, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 1993

"Unpurposeful and silly."
From the Canadian author of The Last of the Golden Girls (1991): a fantasia on the theme of gender (especially the adolescent variety), set to the tune of a macabre tale about a young girl with a severe case of penis envy. Read full book review >