Books by Suzanne Slade

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2019

"An excellent way to introduce young readers to an African-American female mathematician who deserves to be remembered and celebrated. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Katherine Johnson had a passion for numbers and made herself indispensable to the early space program. Read full book review >
DARING DOZEN by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"An inspiring reminder that there are footprints on the moon, addressed to readers who may one day leave some of their own. (timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Fifty years after the first moon landing, a solemn commemoration of the Apollo 11 to 17 missions. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement. (author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, sources, index) (Nonfiction/poetry. 10-13)"
A free-verse ode to the Apollo program, still the high-water mark of this country's space program. Read full book review >
ASTRONAUT ANNIE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"A solid, small step for diversifying STEM stories. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What does Annie want to be? Read full book review >
DANGEROUS JANE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An attractive volume introducing an important American to young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Jane Addams' life was dedicated to helping others. Read full book review >
OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Slade and Lanan bring the biography of scientist Anna Comstock to young readers. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC IN GEORGE'S HEAD by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bravo! (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Slade illuminates George Gershwin's creative process, from inception to premiere of "Rhapsody in Blue." Read full book review >
THE INVENTOR'S SECRET by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not exactly eloquent advice, perhaps, but on target. (timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
What would a renowned, established inventor have to say to a hopeful young tinkerer? Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

" This biographical gem places the spotlight on a friendship far ahead of its time. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Two important historical figures from separate worlds come together for the common purpose of freedom. Read full book review >
THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL by Seño Laura Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A likely hit with young eco-activists, despite the bland visuals. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Guatemalan community turns trash to treasure, thanks to a teacher's "crazy idea." Read full book review >
THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Sure to see—and worthy of—plenty of use, and not just in election years. (author's list of sources and suggested resources to learn more) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
A simple, well-constructed overview takes a close look at how the magnificent house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was built on an empty piece of land with a view of the Potomac. Read full book review >
MULTIPLY ON THE FLY by Suzanne Slade
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

Rhyming verse presents buggy word problems that can all be solved using multiplication. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

When work was begun on the Lincoln Memorial in 1914, no one could have imagined the history that would later unfold at the site. Slade uses the Memorial to create a brief series of snapshots of African-American history, beginning with the background that connects Abraham Lincoln to African-Americans. She moves on to Marian Anderson's legendary performance and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington and culminates with the inauguration of Barack Obama. Each moment is narrated in the present tense, providing sensory details to evoke atmosphere and just enough background to create meaning for the audience. Bootman's illustrations clearly portray the emotions—fear, determination, joy—of the people present at each moment. The final two-page spread of the First Family viewing the Memorial is especially moving. Readers will find in this introduction a good overview and a solid base on which to continue building their knowledge of not only African-American history but the history of the United States. Thumbnail biographies of other changemakers and a timeline follow the text. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
WHAT’S NEW AT THE ZOO by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

On a visit to the zoo, a young boy counts the animal babies and parents in each enclosure, the accompanying rhyme encouraging readers to do the math along with him. "Two tiny peachicks / gather round peahen. / Add one papa peacock. / How many in the pen?" Slade slyly sneaks in some great vocabulary, working the animal baby names into each verse. Equations appear on the corner of each page. Waites provides plenty of details—the borders of each spread are elaborately decorated, while the illustrations arrange the animals naturally (if rather stiffly), resulting in some challenges in spotting each critter. A final spread encourages readers to count how many animals they saw in all at the zoo. Backmatter teaches two methods for adding all the numbers, a section about fact families and a matching game wherein readers can test their memories of baby names against some paragraphs of information about each animal's development. The solid math and informative backmatter make this a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >