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Susan E. Goodman's teaching experience at Lesley University, her M.A. in Applied Psychology from Goddard College, and her years counseling teenagers have enriched her writing for children. Her most recent book is The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial (Bloomsbury). How Do You Burp in Space? and Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know (Bloomsbury), was published in July 2013. Trains! (Random House), It's a Dog's Life (Roaring Brook), and a updated version of See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House (Bloomsbury) came out in 2012.

An award-winning author, Goodman has written 30 books for children with more on the way. Ten of her books have been nominated for state book awards, six have been Junior Library Guild selections. All in Just One Cookie (Greenwillow) was named an ALA Notable.  On This Spot: An Expedition through Time (Greenwillow) was a Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2004; The Truth about Poop (Viking) was named Best of the Best 2004 by the Chicago Public Library; Choppers! (Random House) won the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Nonfiction; and, Skyscraper: From the Ground Up (Random House) was named Booklist's Editor's Choice 2004 and one of its Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth.

Goodman has collaborated with photographer Michael J. Doolittle on their Random House Step into Reading transportation series:  Trains!, Monster Trucks!, Motorcycles!, and Choppers!. Goodman and Doolittle also produced The Ultimate Field Trip series, published by Simon and Schuster's Atheneum Books and Aladdin Paperbacks (Ultimate Field Trip 1: Adventures in the Amazon Rain Forest, Ultimate Field Trip 2: Digging into Southwest Archaeology, Ultimate Field Trip 3: Wading into Marine Biology, Ultimate Field Trip 4: A Week in the 1800s, and Ultimate Field Trip 5: Blasting Off to Space Academy ). And they have collaborated to publish The Great Antler Auction (Atheneum) and Chopsticks for My Noodle Soup: Eliza's Life in Malaysia ; Claws, Coats, and Camouflage: The Ways Animals Fit into their Worlds ; Seeds, Stems and Stamens: The Ways Plants Fit into their Worlds; Life on the Ice (Millbrook); and, Skyscraper (Random House).

Goodman's other books include Gee Whiz: It's All About Pee (Viking), The Brave Kid Series: Cora Frear, Robert Henry Hendershot, and Hazelle Boxberg (Aladdin), Animal Rescue: The Best Job There Is (Simon and Schuster), Unseen Rainbows, Silent Songs: The World Beyond Human Senses (Atheneum), Saving the Whooping Crane (Millbrook), Saber-Toothed Cats (Millbrook), and Nature Did it First (Millbrook).

Approximately 225 of Goodman's 700+ published articles have been for a juvenile audience. She has published fiction with Highlights for Children, nonfiction with Your Big Backyard, Ranger Rick and Outside Kids. She has worked on several projects for National Geographic's Educational Division. For a decade, she was a contributing editor for General Learning Corporation in Northbrook, IL, a company creating educational materials for junior and senior high school students.Susan Goodman's magazine articles for adults (focusing on science, physical and emotional health, food, profiles, humor and travel) have been published in National Geographic Traveler, Modern Maturity, Woman's Day, National Wildlife, Redbook, Family Circle, Child, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Parents, Self, Mademoiselle, Health, Working Woman, Ranger Rick, Outside Kids, Yankee, Horticulture, Science, Highlights for Children, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Current Health, The Boston Herald, the LA Times Syndicate, and The New York Times Syndication among others.