Reviews

Anxious tots? These 5 picture books will help you talk it out

May 17, 2017

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 5/16/17) Writing in classrooms I lead the children through a series of games until we’ve teased out an imaginative narrative. This accents children’s natural ability to play and avoids their read more »


The women behind the ‘tampon run’ video game write a book

April 22, 2017

(published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 4/21/2017) Growing up has always been difficult, but today teens face many more complexities on their paths to becoming adults. Four honest books reveal struggles and offer guidance. In 2014, Andrea read more »


Relationships, race, death thoughtfully treated

March 26, 2017

(published in the Charlotte Observer March 23/17 A wonky knee has kept me on couch and crutches since November. “How can you stand it?” someone asked. Easy answer – reading books that hook me and hold me till the end. read more »


STEAM education starts early with the right books  

March 5, 2017

(published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 2/27/17) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is one of the best educational initiatives in a long while. Its purpose is to educate children for the future in which they’ll read more »


2016 Wilde Awards for Longer Books

November 20, 2016

published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, 11/19/16 For 30 years Susie Wilde has been reviewing children’s books for various media (including her monthly column in this section), hosting workshops for teachers and would-be writers of children’s books, read more »


Wilde Awards: The best children’s books of 2016–Picture Books

published by the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, November 19, 2016 For 30 years Susie Wilde has been reviewing children’s books for various media (including her monthly column in this section), hosting workshops for teachers and would-be writers read more »


Images ignite imaginations of young and old readers

October 31, 2016

Published on October 22, 2016 in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer We live in a visual world and children, regardless of age, are drawn to books where illustrations take the lead. Alphabet and number books are as read more »


Activity kits and fun facts keep kids entertained

August 28, 2016

(published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 8/28/16) A dear friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was happily attending camp until an accident exiled her to home and boredom. Fortunately, kid-centered books came to the rescue. “Make Paper Lantern Animals” (Klutz, read more »


Summer reading – new worlds to explore

June 20, 2016

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 12, 2016 and Charlotte Observer on June 15, 2016) Summer reading conjures up all kinds of images – reading programs, beach reads, family reads. Your child’s teachers may provide a list of read more »


Dino romps await in works for young readers

May 30, 2016

(Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, 5/29/16) There’s something about the hugeness and power of dinosaurs that capture young children’s whimsy. And this year there are books for preschoolers to early school-goers that will please them enormously. Janeen Brian read more »