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Susan Grigsby


Written by Susan Grigsby
Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Albert Whitman and Company

A 2011 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and
One of Bankstreet's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 (ages 5-9)

Recipient of the 2011 Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children's Literature Award
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Upcoming Events and Announcements


Meet Local Children’s Authors
When: 6-8 p.m., Jan. 15, Susan Grigsby, Patricia McKissack,
Bobby Norfolk, and Jeanie Franz Ransom;
6-8 p.m., Jan. 21, Heather Brewer, Margo L. Dill, Jody Feldman, Cole Gibsen, Jan Greenberg, John Hendrix, and Inda Schaenen.
Where: Juvenile Fiction Room, Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library,
1301 Olive St.
Admission: The event is free and open to the public.
Information: Books for signing are available from Left Bank Books in advance or at the event. For more information, call 314-367-6731
or check the Left Bank Books website

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Thank you to Mary Delach Leonard for the Jan. 8, 2014 article posted on St Louis Public Radio / StL Beacon! Read it here:
http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/poetrys-magic-sparked-st-louis-authors-return-writing

And thank you to all of the great people at the Webster-Kirkwood Times for their article: 
"Teaching To Release The Magic Of Words -
Poet Educator Susan Grigsby of Kirkwood helps students express themselves through poetry"
by David Baugher, photos by Diana Linsley

It was a beautiful way to end the final week of National Poetry Month.
Click here to read the article (4-26-2013)

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Congratulations to one of my students - 5th grader, Nahili Harun, a finalist in the  2013 River of Words Youth Environmental Poetry & Art Contest.
Her poem "Ethiopia" was written as part of the Poetry Inside Out program. 
The Center for the Art of Translation in California has partnered with Interchange / COCA, allowing me the opportunity to share this exciting curriculum
with students in St. Louis.
Nahili traveled to San Franciso where she received her award from Robert Hass,
former poet-laureate of the United States and co-founder of River of Words.

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I am honored to be one of the contributors to a new book published by McSweeney's:

OPEN THE DOOR: HOW TO EXCITE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT POETRY
Edited by Dorothea Lasky, Dominic Luxford, and Jesse Nathan

from the McSweeney web site:

Praise for Open the Door:

"Worried you don’t know how to teach poetry?
Frustrated that your students groan at the sight
of a poem? Open the Door will change all that.
The writers not only give teachers permission to
approach the teaching of poetry through a fresh
portal, they also provide clear directions for
finding that elusive door in the wall. This is a
GPS for both the poetically challenged and
anyone in search of new word horizons.”
—Carol Jago, former President,
National Council of Teachers of English





Books -
First Peas to the Table -
How Thomas Jefferson Inpired a School Garden
Written by Susan Grigsby
Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Albert Whitman and Company,
Spring 2012

2012 Children's Agriculture Book of the Year, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, Bank Street College

Recipient of the 2013 Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children's Literature Award
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Wisteria's Show and Tell Spectacular:
Older than the Dinosaurs
Written by Susan Grigsby
Illus. by Alexandra Miller
from Shenanigan Books

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