Reviews

The characters in these series – for ages 3 to 14 – are worth revisiting

October 2, 2017

(published in the News and Observer, August 20, 2017) I avoid series that have numbers as their most distinguishing feature. I adore those in which characters grow, plots expand or I can return to locales I love. In Kes and Claire read more »


Here’s a bookbag full of stories to help your new learner

September 26, 2017

published by the News and Observer SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 9:12 AM It seems my granddaughter was born just the other day, and now she’s in kindergarten. I sent books to ready her (and her parents) for this transition. My granddaughter read more »


These books can help you have difficult conversations with your kids

July 26, 2017

Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, JULY 21, 2017 Adults broaching difficult situations or subjects with children can initiate hard conversations with books like these new publications.   The uncertainties of today’s world can be overwhelming. Holly McGhee offers read more »


Keep your kids reading all summer with these books

June 24, 2017

  (published in the News and Observer on June 18, 2017) In 1990, I discovered Mildred Taylor’s Newbery-winner “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” (Dial), a book which has just re-released with new cover art and an introduction by Jacqueline read more »


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 »