Susan B. Katz

Picture Book & Middle Grade Author
Bilingual Speaker / Illustrator
Travels from: San Francisco, CA

“Spectacular! A charming presenter. Extremely practical—well planned, filled with interesting anecdotes.” — Denise Beckfield

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning, bestselling, Spanish bilingual author/illustrator with Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Bala Kids (Shambhala), Barefoot Books, Callisto Media, Capstone, North South, and Heinemann. She has over a dozen published titles, one of which she wrote in Spanish for Scholastic, and 15 more books forthcoming in 2021. Her book, The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recently hit #18 on Amazon’s overall Bestseller List as well as #9 in children’s books. Meditation Station, a picture book about trains and mindfulness, won the 2020 International Book Award for Best Mind/Body/Spirit Children’s Book and was selected as an Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Non-Fiction Book for Kids. Ms. Katz also earned the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book in celebration of My Mama Earth.

In 2020, Susan released eight books, including seven early reader biographies. For the past 25 years, Ms. Katz worked as a bilingual elementary educator, National Board Certified Teacher, and literacy specialist. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter who also launched and ran Facebook’s author vertical out of their headquarters.

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Strong Girls in History: 15 Young Achievers You Should Know

Rockridge Press |

Inspiring stories of unstoppable girls and everything they achieved–for kids ages 8 to 12


Girls are smart, capable, and determined All over the world, young women have made huge strides in pop culture, politics, social justice, and more. This book explores 15 of these girls and the incredible impact they made before they were even 20 years old. Discover how they powered through challenges and stood up to anyone who said they couldn’t make a difference.

  • The girl who invented a genre–Read about famous author S. E. Hinton, who wrote the bestselling book The Outsiders as a teenager and helped launch the popularity of Young Adult novels.
  • A protector of natural resources–Learn how Autumn Peltier became the chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation in Ontario, Canada, when she was just 14 years old.
  • A champion for equality–Find out how 11-year-old activist Marley Dias started a campaign to collect books featuring Black girls as the main character and donate them to schools around the world.


Show any ambitious girl how much talent and power she has inside her with Strong Girls Change History.

Gaudi – Architect of Imagination

NorthSouth Books |

Your dreams can change the world! 

Colorful mosaics, playful flowing forms, imaginative facades—Barcelona shines with the buildings of Antoni Gaudí. How did the son of a Catalan blacksmith become a world-famous architect? The first years of Gaudí’s life were challenging. Because of an illness, young Gaudí couldn’t attend school and was often alone. Many of his days were spent out in nature, which he would later call his great teacher. Even during his training as an architect in Barcelona, his teachers were puzzled, wondering: is he a “genius or a fool?” Many considered his unusual ideas eccentric, sometimes even crazy. But Gaudí was simply ahead of his time. His buildings are now a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site.

With an insightful eye into the world of an inspired genius, award-winning author Susan B. Katz tells of Gaudí’s life and work. Linda Schwalbe’s dazzling and powerful illustrations reflect the inventive, daring, and flamboyant style of Gaudí’s work.

The Story of Walt Disney: A Biography Book for New Readers

Rockridge Press |

Discover the life of Walt Disney–a story about imagination and invention, for kids ages 6 to 9

Walt Disney was a talented artist who created magical new worlds in the form of TV shows, movies, and amusement parks. Before he won the hearts of millions with characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Walt was an imaginative boy who loved drawing. He learned how to use the newest technology to make cartoons that would entertain and delight viewers all over the world. This book explores how Walt went from being a young boy growing up in the Midwest to a creative genius.

What sets this Walt Disney biography apart:

  • Core curriculum–Kids will discover the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Walt’s life, and take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.
  • Short chapters–This Walt Disney book features brief, easy-to-digest chapters that will keep young learners engaged and wanting to read more.
  • His lasting legacy–Kids will discover how Walt changed the world of animation and entertainment for future generations.


How will Walt’s hard work and love of storytelling inspire the child in your life?

The History of the Civil War: A History Book for New Readers

Rockridge Press |

An introduction to the history of the Civil War for kids ages 6 to 9

The United States was not always united. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to leave the Union. Soon after, many other states joined it to try and create their own country: the Confederate States of America. Within months, the Confederates would launch an attack on Fort Sumter and begin a war that lasted almost four years. This engaging story explores how and why the war started, who was fighting, what happened during the many bloody battles, and how the Union and Confederacy reunited.

This Civil War book for kids features:

  • A visual timeline–Kids will be able to easily follow the history of the Civil War thanks to a timeline marking major milestones.
  • Core curriculum–Teach kids about the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How behind the Civil War, and test their knowledge with a quick quiz after they finish.
  • Lasting changes–Encourage kids to explore thought-provoking questions that help them better understand how the Civil War changed the United States.


Get early readers interested in one of America’s most defining historical events with this standout guide to the Civil War for kids 6-9.

The Story of Jane Goodall: A Biography Book for New Readers

Rockridge Press |

Inspire kids ages 6 to 9 to love and protect animals, just like Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a celebrated scientist for her studies of chimpanzees in the forests of Africa. Before she observed chimps and helped save them from losing their home, Jane was a curious kid who loved learning about animals. She showed people that women could be scientists, just like men, and fought to follow her dream of working with wild chimps. Explore how Jane Goodall went from being a young nature lover in England to the most important chimpanzee expert in the world.

This Jane Goodall chapter book for kids ages 6-9 includes:

  • Word definitions―Discover helpful definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
  • Test your knowledge―Take a quiz at the end of the book to make sure you understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Jane Goodall’s life.
  • A lasting legacy―Learn about how Jane made the world a better place for future generations of both humans and animals.

How will Jane Goodall’s strong will inspire you?

STEAM Themes: Animal Look-Alikes/Rain Forests

Flutter, flutter What did you just see? Was it a butterfly or a moth? Butterflies and moths are similar, but they have some important differences. Find out how their colors, antennae, bodies, and behaviors can all help you tell these two animal look-alikes apart. Filled with stunning photos and playful text, early learners will be delighted as each page turns.

How to Research and Write a Biography

Learn how to research and write a biography using chapter book biographies by Susan B. Katz as guides.

Publishing Process: from seed to story

Learn how to publish your own stories from ideas through final publication.

Elementary School-wide Events, Including Assemblies for K-5 Students by Grade Level, in either English or Spanish

School Events in Full Costume and Character

Mindfulness Education

All aboard for Meditation Station! It’s time to learn how to manage our busy minds, difficult feelings, and frustrations by staying with our breath and in our body.

Honors, Awards & Recognition

2020 International Book Award for Best Mind/Body/Spirit Children’s Book
Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Non-Fiction for Kids
Amazon Overall Bestseller List
Moonbeam Gold for Best Picture Book

Media Kit

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