Thoughts & Perceptions

New Years, New Kinds of Reviews!

February 2, 2020


Illustrated Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

December 20, 2019

Want your child to have this book too? You can send it from Indiebound by just clicking on the image below!

Holiday Experience

December 13, 2019

Christmas forgiveness requested as I continue my video trial and error. This is so much harder than I thought.  You’ll find links to these marvelous little kits above and you can instantly order from Indie Books!   Happy holidays, Susie

Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf Monday at 7:00–One Fox

November 15, 2019

Come to the Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf, Monday, November 18th, 7:00! Here’s a sneak preview! I’m trying a new format–video blog. Please let me know what you think!

New Excitement: Birth of 2 Fabulous Websites

October 24, 2019

It’s been forever since writing but I am propelled by new and exciting news of dear friends’ whose creative work I’ve witnessed in the making! For five or six years, I sat next to Kristen Rademacher on a couch in read more »

Interview with Elizabeth Acevedo

July 30, 2019

Such a joy to interview one of your writing heroines…and Elizabeth Acevedo was so approachable and lovely.  I interviewed her for the June/July 2019 issue of Audiofile   Last year Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel THE POET X garnered, among other awards, read more »

A Happy Divorce or Easy Isn’t Always Better

March 12, 2019

  I had ANOTHER run-in with Amazon last week. I became an Amazon Associate years ago because I wanted images for the books I was reviewing and the easiest way to do that was to link to Amazon. One day, read more »


December 12, 2018

Hello all, Please note the correct title is Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. It’s a great new series! BTW…all these books are linked to Amazon if you want further mailing ease and can’t get to an Independent!

These children’s books may not have words, but their images say so much

July 25, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 7, 2018) ( In March I met with Mary Andrews and Nancy Zeman, the founders of Family Reading Partners (FRP) to share new wordless, or near wordless books. I’ve recommended wordless books for years. They read more »

A tale of 2 books about the VP’s bunny: one from John Oliver, the other Pence’s family

March 30, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, 3/29/18) Easter is definitely the time for rabbit-y children’s books, but this season it’s a bunny beat bunny world. Politics have entered the children’s book ring, and there are two titles facing off. read more »