Susan Stockdale answers 7 questions

Susan is an accomplished author and illustrator of books such as Stripes of All Types and Carry Me, among others.

1. Why are you an educator?

I’m passionate about sharing my love of language, bold and bright imagery and the wonders of nature with children.

2. What are you working on now?

I’m writing and illustrating a picture book – my first with digitally created images – about a phenomenon that occurs in coral reefs around the world. I think kids will find it fascinating. Pub date: 2025 from Peachtree Publishing Company.

3. What were your favorite children’s books to read when you were a child?

My favorite books were in the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series. I particularly loved the story about the “very slow, tiny bite taker.”

4. What contemporary children’s books do you recommend? 

I recommend any book by the late Steve Jenkins. I consider him an absolute genius in creating totally engaging science picture books. His carefully crafted cut paper collages are dazzling.

5. Why is diverse representation in children’s literature important?

It shows children that there are people of different cultures, ethnicities, appearances and disabilities that they might not encounter in their daily lives. Children also deserve stories which feature children that look like them.

6. How can educators use children’s literature to teach empathy, kindness, and tolerance?

Educators can do this by sharing books that provide students with an idea of what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes and stories about people who are not immediately likeable.

7. Where may we find you online?




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