Susan Campbell Bartoletti

“I’m often asked if I write the books I do to teach readers or to show them how good they have it today. I don’t. I hope that my work gives readers courage — courage to question, courage to think critically, courage to stand up, and most of all, courage to make a difference.”


Susan Campbell Bartoletti is one of the most celebrated writers of non-fiction for children today. She is the Newbery Honor award-winning author of Hitler Youth, Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow, the Robert F. Sibert award-winning author of Black Potatoes, The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor award-winning author of Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America. She is also the author of the acclaimed They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, Kids on Strike!Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole, the Carolyn W. Field Award-winning novel, The Boy Who Dared, and numerous picture books.

As a child, Susan read everything she could get her hands on. In seventh grade, her middle school librarian told her she had nothing left for her to read… Susan had read virtually every book in the library! In college, Susan took literature and creative writing classes, wrote short stories and poetry, and interned as a journalist at a local newspaper. Days after graduation, she accepted a position teaching eighth-grade English, and for the next eighteen years, that’s exactly what she did. Over the years, as her students wrote poems, stories, and non-fiction picture books, they inspired her. They also helped Susan find her own voice, her audience, and ignited her passionate desire to write books for young readers.

These days, Susan lives in Moscow Pennsylvania where she enjoys the cold winters. Yes, she really does enjoy cold winters!


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