Hi, I'm Susan Goodman and I write books for kids. 

I'm here on Mount Rushmore with these guys because I wrote a book about presidential elections.  If you think this election year is crazy, you should read about what George Washington did to win his first election in Virginia.  Or, which candidate was called a "pot-bellied, mutton-headed cucumber!"  Find out more >

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                                                                                       On January 5th, my new book The First Step, illustrated by the wonderful E.B. Lewis, will come out.  It is the story of the first case that challenged our courts to outlaw segregated schools. And it happened in Boston in 1847–before the Civil War!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

School Library Journal gave The First Step a starred review.

Reviews don't get better than this one from BookPage!

Stay posted for more news!


5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!

How Do You Burp in Space? is a travel guide for kids who want to go on the best vacation in the world.  Or, outside of it. Hey, Frommer's, beat you to it!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

 •Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Indiana 2015-2016

 •Illinois Bluestem Book Award Nominee, 2016

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The Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, chose How Do You Burp in Space? as their book for One School One Read this year. Their first nonfiction choice ever–I'm honored!

 Here's a wonderful new review that appeared in The Huffington Post.

And, how about this one from Children's Literature? …just too many great, solid, interesting, scientific facts to do justice to them here. Readers will not want to skip any pages, since each one contains information that is sometimes amazing and always entertaining. The mixture of accurate science and human-interest nuggets will keep any reader engrossed in this book. It is probably one of the best middle-reader science books this year. It is written in a compelling, exciting style, with a lot of humor throughout. The illustrations are great, and the photographs are superb.

Educators: Want some great lesson plans to use with this book?

It's a Dog's Life

Recorded Books, LLC is doing the audio version of It’s a Dog’s Life. Too bad Rin Tin Rin is no longer available to take the part of Joe, the book’s mutt narrator. How about Nick Nolte?


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An interview with me on Writer's Digest's Guide to Literary Agents blog about It's a Dog's Life. Why did they ask me? Come see.

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

•2014-2015 Horned Toad List Book

•2014 Beehive Book Award Nominee

•2014 Mississippi Children’s Choice Award Nominee – The Magnolia Award Grades 3-5

A charming must-have book for every fan of the canine…Any dog owner will become a better one as a result of reading this book. Any dog lover will want to linger over its pages. –The Boston Globe