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Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale writes and illustrates picture books for young children that celebrate nature. 

A former textile designer, she expresses her love of pattern through rhythmic, rhyming text and bright, bold paintings to enliven her award-winning books. Her titles playfully explore scientific themes such as how animals benefit from their stripes and spots to how they carry their babies.

A dynamic and popular speaker, Susan has presented at hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences about her bookmaking process. She was selected as a National Book Festival speaker and as an ambassador for Pennsylvania’s “One Book, Every Young Child” statewide literacy program.

Susan lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Learn more at

My Books

FANTASTIC FLOWERS celebrates flowers that look like other things, from a flying bird to a swaddled baby to a prickly pineapple! Budding botanists learn what a flower is and how it’s pollinated, and can compare the whimsical images of the flowers to photos of them.

“Optically striking…a book to closely pore over.”  Kirkus Reviews

“(A) glorious celebration of nature.” The Huffington Post

“(A) lively blend of imagination and science.” Booklist

Fantastic Flowers

SPECTACULAR SPOTS/MAGNÍFICAS MANCHAS spotlights a parade of spotted creatures, from charging cheetahs to swooping owls. A picture glossary describes how animals benefit from their spots, and readers can test their knowledge of animal spots with a fun matching game at the end.


“A spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists.” Kirkus Reviews

• Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor Book
• Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text
• Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award

Spectacular Spots

Spectacular Spots/Magnificas Manchas

STRIPES OF ALL TYPES/RAYAS DE TODAS LAS TALLAS explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes. Engaging rhymes and bright, bold images keep readers entertained while a picture glossary at the back provides information on each featured animal. A fun matching game at the end tests children’s knowledge of animal stripes.

“A feast for the eyes.” Kirkus Reviews
"Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and gorgeous illustrations.” School Library Journal

• Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
• NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12
• Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year

Stripes of All Types

Stripes of All Types/Rayas De Todas Las Tallas


BRING ON THE BIRDS introduces young readers to both exotic and familiar birds in their natural habitats. A picture glossary identifies each bird and tells a little bit about its attributes and habitat.

“Children will want to linger over the colorful images.” The Wall Street Journal
“Ideal for beginning readers as well as read-aloud time.” Parents’ Choice
“Carefully crafted in charm and simplicity.” School Library Journal

Bring on the Birds

FABULOUS FISHES introduces young readers to both exotic and familiar fishes and their underwater world. A picture glossary identifies each animal and tells a little about it and where it lives.

"Every turn of the page reveals vivid paintings of exotic as well as common underwater creatures to delight all ages. If her paintings are the feast, Stockdale’s words are the dessert.” The Washington Post

Fabulous Fishes

CARRY ME! ANIMAL BABIES ON THE MOVE examines how animal parents carry and care for their young all around the world.

"A beautifully sweet look at how babies are carried. Sure to become a calm and soothing bedtime favorite." Kirkus Reviews

Carry Me! Animal Babies on the move

NATURE’S PAINTBRUSH explores how colors and patterns help living things survive.

“A stunning work that goes far beyond celebrating patterns in nature.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nature's Paintbrush

SOME SLEEP STANDING UP introduces children to the many ways in which animals sleep.

“Charming pictures…feature simple shapes often filled in with delightful design work that will appeal to young eyes." Booklist

Some Sleep Standing Up

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