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MEET SUSANNA LEONARD HILL

Some may find it ironic that Susanna Leonard Hill wrote her first book when she was in second grade and that now, many of her books are written for second graders. Others will just say she knows her audience!

Most of us have probably lost those grade-school masterpieces, but Susanna still has hers ... and she'll read it to you if she comes to visit your school.

You can also probably get her to read one of her other books ... like Punxsutawney Phyllis, Not Yet, Rose, or one of the other five books for young readers. From 2002 through 2010, Susanna has published eight books for preschoolers and elementary audiences. And her string will continue in 2011, with a new title in the Punxsutawney Phyllis series.

Susanna is a multi-award winning author recognized by a variety of organizations.

-- Not Yet, Rose took First Place in the 2005 Southwest Writer's Children's Picture Book Contest;
-- Three stories tied for First Place in the 2005 Seven Hills Contest for Writers (Children's Fiction);
-- "The One-Hour Bicycle," took first in the 2006 contest sponsored by CNW/FFWA (Cassell Network of Writers/Florida Freelance Writers Association) Florida State Writing Competition-Children's Literature Division in 2006;
-- In the 2007 CNW/FFWA contest, her story "The Sisters Club" took first place; and
-- Also in 2007, Susanna's story "Gone Fishin'" won First Place in the Seven Hills Also Contest for Writers(Children's Fiction Category).

Her published works have also garnered attention. Punxsutawney Phyllis Phyllis was a Booklist Children's Pick in 2005 and an Amelia Bloomer Project Feminist Books for Youth choice for 2006. Her easy reader No Sword Fighting in the House is a Junior Library Guild selection.

Susanna's story "Rainy Day Parade" will appear in an upcoming issue of Highlights Magazine. Her works have been translated, too. Not Yet, Rose is available in Dutch; her Airplane and Freight Train lift-the-flap books are available in Japanese; you can read Phyllis in French; and next year Can't Sleep without Sheep will be out in Korean.

Born and raised in New York City, Susanna now lives in New York's Hudson Valley. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Middlebury College. She then went on to get her M.A. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Special Education of Children With Learning Disabilities from Teacher's College, Columbia University.

She worked for many years teaching dyslexic students, but stopped after her third child was born. Now she spends her time being a mom, writing, and visiting schools whenever she gets the opportunity.

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