Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Susan Erickson


Region: Arkansas
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: No
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Before retiring in May 2016, I spent 27 years as an early childhood educator. Observing children as they discover the world around them is a passion of mine.  Helping children understand our world, learning about relationships and feelings (how all of us have them and express them) continues to be my purpose in life.  My love of children's picture books spans most of my life. Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) inspired me as a teacher and mother of three. His wisdom continues to inspire me now as a grandmother of four.  

My dream of writing children's picture books began while working in the preschool classroom.  My husband and adult children encourage me to pursue my dream. Encouraging children through pictures and words is a dream come true. 

Presentation Description:
My presentations involve reading the story to children to engage their imaginations with fun, interactive moments and movements. Although the story is intended for children ages 3-8 years, I am happy to modify my presentation for older children and youth by discussing the writing process and sharing the experience of publishing and promoting a completed work.

The illustrator may also be available to join me, if requested and schedules permit.  Visits to classrooms, libraries, hospitals, conferences, civic groups and other venues to share the love of books and the experience of writing a book is a pleasure.