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Growing up, I kept a journal of quotes, sayings, poems I liked, and poems I wrote. It was my outlet during my adolescence. When I couldn’t explain something, or no one could understand, I wrote it down.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but I also loved to draw. When I was younger, I didn’t know that I could make a living as a writer. And since I also wanted to be an illustrator, I pursued that instead. But somewhere along the way, the yearning to write took over. Even still, I didn’t know I wanted to write for children until I had one of my own.
Once I decided to give writing for children a try, I never looked back. Being a children’s author is the best job in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Now I am the author of numerous children’s books as well as a freelance writer and speaker. One of the best parts of my job is visiting schools and meeting students. My hope is to inspire them in some way—whatever that may be!
Now I get to spend my days writing, revising, visiting schools, speaking to writers, and more.
How to Be a Princess
Being a princess requires many skills, and now thanks to Little Golden Books, there is a way to learn them all. Join little Claire as she spends the day with a real princess, learning everything from how to boogie at the palace balls to helping those in need. Full of colorful illustrations and a playful rhyming text, children will be sure to give this delightful story a royal reception.
Mary Had a Little Lab
Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?
"In Fliess's update, Mary is an inventive scientist, but she's a lonely one...Fliess's verses include enough of the original poem (but tweaked) to tickle readers' funny bones, and the rhyme and rhythm are spot-on. Girl science power and new friendships make for a good combination." — Kirkus Reviews
“Sue Fliess (How to Trap a Leprechaun) introduces a little girl with brains, ambition and tons of creativity in a rhyming picture book that would make even Dr. Seuss jealous...Discover: A brainy, science-loving little girl teaches her classmates how amazing nerds can be.”— Shelf Awareness
We Wish for a Monster Christmas
We wish for a furry monster,
A big, hairy, scary monster,
Our own stomping, chomping monster, for Christmas this year!
Dear Santa: please bring us a MONSTER for Christmas! This hilarious parody of the traditional carol stars two siblings who want something just a little more special than the usual toys for their Christmas gift. Mom and Dad refuse—so they appeal to a higher power: Santa. And since they’ve been good all year, he delivers. But having a monster in the house may not be all it's cracked up to be . . . as the kids discover when he turns their playroom to rubble and causes tons of trouble. Now, what will they do? Delighted readers will sing along with the merry song.
"The holidays don’t need much help to get chaotic, but one family is really in for it after two siblings ask Santa for a monster for Christmas. Reworking the lyrics of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with style (and lots of household destruction), Fliess contrasts the children’s joy about their new friend/pet with their parents’ less-than-thrilled reactions (“Our mom took up meditation./ Our dad hollered in frustration./ But we had a celebration/ with monsterly cheer!”). In lively digital illustrations, Ranucci pictures the monster as an overgrown beast with lustrous red-orange fur, a spiky tail, and evident affection for the children, even as he inadvertently turns the house upside-down with his mess making."—Publishers Weekly
All the cars are lining up for the race, but one car is smaller than the rest. As it squeezes in between all of them, the cars rev their engines . . . and they’re off! Down mountains and by waterfalls, through tunnels and past landslides, the cars race through places that somehow look oddly familiar. . . .
“Wacky racers zoom through an unconventional course. Who will win? Clues along the way should help children figure out the surprise twist, and readers will love flipping back and forth to see the play between Maxwell’s imagination and real life. Fliess’ crunchy, rhyming text will have readers barreling along. Energetic automotive fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
How to Trap a Leprechaun
Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you’ll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors!
"Readers follow along as four friends learn about leprechauns and construct their best snare to no avail—all they find in their trap is a tiny shoe holding a letter from Liam the Leprechaun. Vibrant illustrations match the catchy verse, which begs to be part of a St. Patrick’s Day read-aloud. Also notable is that the four children in the story have skin color shades spanning from light to dark. The book concludes with instructions for parents and educators on building a leprechaun trap at home or at school, and a quick primer of leprechaun folklore. VERDICT A fun offering for March that will work well read aloud or independently."—School Library Journal
From Here to There
Here and There are so similar they’re practically twins. But they could never play together because Here is always here and There is always there, so they become pen pals and write to each other all the time. One day, There gets an idea that could change the distance between them forever.
Named as a Best Picture Book of 2016 by Imagination Soup.
A Fairy Friend
Soar into an enchanting miniature world full of fairies. These playful creatures are all around us, if you know just where to look. And if you want to have one come to you, build a fairy house of twigs and blooms and wait patiently for a fairy to take up residence.
"With simple verse and detailed charm, this little book is a treasure as text, motion, and varied perspectives pull readers into a child’s imagination or creative play. . . A first purchase sure to please young readers and the young at heart in all libraries."—School Library Journal
Finalist for Best in Rhyme Award 2016 by the RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month) committee.
Leap into action with Goblin Hood, the Halloween hero of Scarewood Forest who steals from the witch and gives to the poor!
This rhyming story follows a cast of spooky characters perfect for the Halloween season. Goblin Hood and the gremlins of Scarewood Forest are working to prepare the candy for Halloween. One day, a witch decides that she wants all the candy for herself. It's up to Goblin Hood to steal from the witch and give to the poor little gremlins!
Calling All Cars
Big cars, small cars, let's call ALL cars! This bouncy text explores the wonderful world of cars zipping up, down, fast, and slow. Filled with vibrant art, adorable animal characters, and cars of all kinds from love bugs to the demolition derby, Calling All Cars is for every child who loves to read about things that go! Surprise bonus ― follow one long road throughout this vividly imagined world and don't miss the hidden clues in the artwork!
Kirkus: Automobiles galore in this ode to the particular set of pleasures and miseries that occur in a world full of cars. All in all, it’s an infinite loop of automotive joys interwoven with a rather charming narrative.
School Library Journal: The text zips along with rhythmic gusto...Fliess’s punchy rhymes mimic the speed and energy of the cars being described, making for a lively read-aloud...Young car enthusiasts will enjoy the ride through this zippy, robust picture book.
The Bug Book
This fun, rhyming book shares with young readers all the bugs you can imagine—creep bugs, climb bugs, sticky-slime bugs! Discover the vast world of insects in this photo-filled book.
The "For Me!" series: Shoes for Me!, A Dress for Me!, and Books for Me!
In Shoes for Me!, Hippo’s feet have grown, so she goes to the shoe store with her mom to choose new shoes for herself.
"A winning choice for today’s ever-younger fashionistas." ~Kirkus Reviews
A Dress for Me! features Hippo and her mom buying a new dress for the school year.
Books for Me! follows Hippo and her dad to the library to check out some exciting books.
"The exuberant hippo from Shoes for Me! and A Dress for Me! reveals that her interests extend beyond fashion as she delivers a rousing tribute to the many types of books available at the library.” ~Publishers Weekly
Let’s build…a fort! Grab a pencil, draw the plans. We’ll construct it with our hands. Dad and son hit the hardware store. And then they start to build! Raise the walls up, hoist that beam. Real construction takes a team! When they’re all done, they’ll have the coolest fort ever!
A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!
"It's my birthday. . . I can't wait! Time for us to celebrate! House is ready, Set for fun. Cake's the last thing, then we're done." With bright and charming illustrations and sweet text, A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! is a celebration of being gluten-free!
"This bright and colorful picture book sheds light on certain childhood allergies. Teachers will find this book to be a great introduction to allergies, to embrace acceptance, and show respect." ~Library Media Connection
Tons of Trucks
Big trucks, small trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and all kinds of other trucks can be found in this playful touch-and-move book. A backhoe scoops and digs, a cement truck spins, a tar truck oozes sticky tar, and tabs pull up and out to reveal surprises. The trucks eventually slow down for a rest, where little hands can lift the flaps to see animals snuggling up for sleepy-time—under a rising moon.
Voted Best Book of 2012 by Imagination Soup.
My Little Golden Books
Little ones will delight in this witty tale of a pampered puppy living in the lap of luxury!
I’m the princess in this town.
That’s my castle. Here’s my crown. . . .
So begins a day in the life of a bubbly show dog as she prepares to win her next trophy.
Mani, pedi, dental care!/Silky ribbons for my hair . . .
it’s all in a day’s work for a puppy princess!
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Robots, Robots Everywhere!
On the ground and in the air,/Robots, robots everywhere!
Up in space, beneath the seas,/Robots make discoveries . . .
So begins this rollicking Little Golden Book featuring robots of all kinds, from ones up in space to the ones we use at home. With bold, colorful artwork by award-winner Bob Staake, it's a perfect introduction to the fascinating subject of today's real robots!
"Some of the most exciting illustrations you see this year might be in Tiny, Easy-to-Overlook Little Golden Books. We saw Sue Fliess’ Robots, Robots Everywhere!, illustrated by the one and only Bob Staake--a book well-worth your time." ~Kirkus Reviews
How to Be a Pirate
Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There's lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate's lucky charm!), and most importantly, pirate rules to learn (No more toothpaste! Farewell, bath! Once ye choose the pirate path!).This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit among boys, girls, and parents alike!
How to Be a Superhero
KA-POW! Here’s a mighty Little Golden Book about a boy superhero!
The Hug Book
Hugs are special. Hugs are free. Will you share a hug with me?
I'm a Ballerina!
A little girl invites us into her ballet class, and later performs onstage (gulp!) in her first recital. Young readers will enjoy seeing what happens in a class, and young ballerinas will see themselves in this book.
We’re Getting a Pet!
A young boy’s family is ready for a pet. But what kind of pet should they get? In this lively read-aloud, a trip to a rescue shelter leads to just the right kind of pet for the whole family. It’s an older dog who’s already trained. . . and ready to be a best friend.
Bella's New Baby
A Little Golden Book about a happy family milestone: a new baby!
When Bella hears she’s going to be a big sister, she pictures all the fun she’ll have with a sweet baby girl. But the new baby turns out to be a boy! Bella is disappointed at first—until she holds him for the first time and imagines how wonderful life will be with a baby brother.
Palace Pets 5-Minute Palace Pets Stories
I've also adapted twelve stories for Walt Disney for the 5-Minute Stories series. Meet Pumpkin, Berry, Treasure, Teacup, Bayou & Blossom in this padded-cover treasury. These adorable Palace Pets each have their own unique adoption story to share, as well as exciting adventures with their princesses that are sure to make readers purr with delight.
O's Little Book of Happiness
My article published in O the Oprah Magazine: What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about? was selected for inclusion in this book, published by Flatiron Books, Macmillan.