Thank you for visiting my web site. Here you can get "the inside scoop" on each of my books.. You can learn about my rhyming, school, library or store appearances and how I use props to make them fun. Enjoy!
Most of my story ideas come right from incidents which happened at Harbour View Elementary (the school I worked at) or things that happen at home. I have learned that there is ALWAYS another story waiting to be told and something to giggle at if you are just observant!
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"Loose Feathers" about a distraught little goose named Lucy who's feathers are falling out. All of her friends have a solution...Beverly beaver thinks she might have a fever. The frog reassured her being bald isn't bad and the otter thinks swimming will taker her mind off it. Along comes a pesky little duck who plays a trick on her to make matters worse but all is saved by the wise old owl, who reassures her true beauty comes from within.
Grandma's Crazy Chickens
Supper time is near and Grandpa is getting hungry with a "hankering" for chicken soup... Book number four is another whimsical rhyming picture book by Susan E. Snyder and published by Firefly Publishing, sure to elicit giggles from beginning readers who will want to read along.
FireFly Publishings & Entertainment.
Shivers and Shakes
Eye-catching illustrations and a rhyming narrative engage young readers in the story of Sam, the mischievous new kid who takes advantage of his teacher's fear of snakes by planting one in her desk drawer.
The Very Stubborn Centipede
A rhyming book for beginning readers, once again about a pesky little critter who makes itís way into the kitchen and attaches itself to the toe of our unsuspecting victim.
There's a frog trapped in the bathroom
Everyone seems to have a "frog in the bathroom" experience! This book is a favorite to all who read it!
Dear Media Specialists/Reading Coaches and Teachers
It's been several years now that I have had the opportunity to be a visiting author and share my first three books with children. I have had so much fun being a visiting author at many schools, public libraries, Literary Festivals, book stores and numerous other events such as a "Project Child Conference" in Orlando, FL. and a "Golden Apple Teachers Chautauqua" event, and an Early Learning Coalition conference just to name a few. Having been chosen as the "Lake County Read's Children's Picture Book Author for 2007" was another great honor! I was even interviewed by the "kid-casters" on the Disney Radio station WDYZ AM 990 in Orlando FL. WOW!!!! I was also interviewed on the evening news after doing a book signing at a Barnes and Noble Book Store (the camera does add about 30 pounds right?!) This past summer I even had the opportunity to do a recording of my “There’s a Frog Trapped in the Bathroom” story at a recording studio (Stones in the Sand Recording) in St. Augustine Fl) so I now have C.D.‘s of the frog book available…great for beginning readers to read along with the author while looking at the book!. It was so much fun, and…..I have to mention….the recording engineer used to work with people like Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones…..a little intimidating but lots of fun! I plan to make recordings of each book in the future. What a GREAT experience this all has been! I must say though, being a visiting author and sharing my books in schools is my favorite part of being an author! After all....this is what it's all about....getting students to love to read AND write!! I absolutely love getting students involved in my program. Last year I had students come up with their own rhyming verse to a story I started with them. Their enthusiasm and creativity was amazing!
Check this out...
I prompted students with 2 verses to a story I was working on at the time called “There’s a Gator in Our Gutter”. (inspired by a summer of hurricanes here in Florida a few years ago)
This is what they came up with:
There’s a gator in our gutter,
Disco dancing with a bug!
He’s wearing polyester,
Doing the Hustle with a slug!
Okay…..the students MAY have had some help on the word “polyester”, but none of the teachers would confess! Students were very excited about the verse they came up with! I do this activity using the same story and adding to it at each school I visit. At the end of the year I will send a copy of the entire story to each school so that students can see not only their contribution, but also what the students from the other schools added. I can’t wait to see the complete story!
My presentation includes:
The cost of a full day author visit for schools within a 50 mile radius from Ocala is $400. If your school requires two days to fit in all the grade levels, the cost is $100 more per presentation on the second day. If you are interested in a total of only one or two presentations for your school, the price for that is $150 per presentation for schools within 50 miles of Ocala, or $150 per presentation plus travel expenses. I will do up to 5 presentations a day, and sign books purchased so they may be delivered on the day of my visit. I usually try to do my presentation with Kindergarten & first grade together, 2nd and 3rd grades together and 4th and 5th grades together (however many sessions it takes), but what ever works best for you is fine. I can also do some quick visits to classrooms if you like, time permitting.
That about wraps it up….if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to call or
e-mail me. If you would be interested in scheduling an author visit for your school, please contact me as soon as possible. I will send you a packet with more information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Due to her position within the Alachua County School System, Susan has received security clearance in accordance with the Jessica Lunsford Act.
Just a little about myself...
Writing and sharing my rhyming books with children is something absolutely I love to do! I am also am a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant working part-time (saving time for author visits) in a school for special needs students in Gainesville Florida. Prior to that, I spent over 20 years working with children who struggle with reading. My goal now is to visit as many schools as I can as a visiting author to share my books with students and help spark the love of reading in them (yes...and to get more story ideas for future books!)
Most of my story ideas came right from incidents which happened at Harbour View Elementary (the school I worked at) or things that happen at home. After raising two sons (and surviving all the lizards, toads snakes and creepy crawlers they brought home!) , I have learned that there is ALWAYS another story waiting to be told and something to giggle at if you are just observant!
Several years ago, I co-authored a phonics program called “ Singing for Reading Meaning”. I wrote over 50 rhyming verses and songs for this program because I believe children remember stories that have rhythm and rhyme to them. Hearing rhyming stories is a fun way for children to learn letter sounds which is essential for beginning readers. Reading stories that rhyme out loud to toddlers helps to better prepare them for learning to read. Children tend to remember rhyming words and recite along with the reader, giving them a feeling of accomplishment and an enthusiasm for reading.
Having grown up in Maryland, I love the water. I have lived in the Ocala, Florida area since 1980. I have 2 grown sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter. I strongly encourage all of them to always be observant, use their imagination and that writing (and reading) is a lot of FUN!!!