A “THANK YOU” post!

During this challenging season in history, perhaps you’re feeling a bit like me: stressed, fearful, isolated, and/or disappointed over cancelled plans. With all the craziness going on, it may be hard to recognize the good things still in our lives, particularly the wonderful people!

Today I hope you might be so kind as to indulge my “Thank You” post, which I hope encourages you to think about the lovely friends, family, and writer/illustrator peeps in your life, as I take a moment to thank some in mine.

So let me start by thanking YOU — our fellow book-loving, always-encouraging, fantastically fun PBB readers!

All of us at PBB are so grateful that you drop by and share your kind, insightful words. I’ve learned a great deal from your helpful comments, and truly appreciate the camaraderie we share as picture book fanatics!

As a small thank you, I’m giving away either a picture book manuscript critique or Virtual Author Q&A visit with students. Your choice! Winner will be randomly selected from those who leave a comment on this post.

Second, I’d like to thank the incredible educators who are working over-time to care for and teach their students from home via eLearning (which they had to figure out basically overnight.) You are amazing!

For you hard-working teachers, here are some author/illustrator videos and resources I hope are useful!

SCBWI Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources

Charlesbridge Remote Learning Videos and More

Magic 94.9 radio station’s, Danielle, rapping Michelle Meadow’s PIGGIES IN PAJAMAS

Author videos by Suzanne Slade (me): book readings, how books are made, space quiz, & more

And last, (this is the really indulgent part) I’d like to thank the writers, illustrators, and other “bookie” friends who helped me along my author journey, both the ups and the downs, and made it much more fun!

Songju Ma Daemicke / Natalie Rompella, Lori Degman / Alice McGinty
IL SCBWI crew: Sara Shacter, Michelle Schaub, Patty Toht, Janet McDonnell, me, Lisa Bierman
Peachtree crew / Politics & Prose / Carolyn Yoder, Susan Cohen, (me), Stacy Innerst
A few fancy PBB peeps: Jennifer Black Reinhardt, Pat Zietlow Miller, Jill Esbaum & me
(Yes, we always dress like this!)
Kate Hannigan / Don Tate (Here I’m secretly plotting how to do a book with him. My plan worked. Our book SWISH! releases Nov. 2020) / Jennifer Swanson, Melissa Stewart
Sue Levine, Kathy Landwehr / Julia Royston, Leslie Builon / Marcia Beach
IL SCBWI planning committee for our annual Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day
led by Co-Regional Advisors Alice McGinty and Deb Topolski!
Nicole Tadgell / Natalie Rompella, Darcy Zoells / Traci Sorell
And our fabulous Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, at the National Book Festival!

Thanks for letting me relive some exciting moments (from when we were out and about,) and see the smiling faces of many good friends.

I appreciate you all more than you know!

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at: www.suzanneslade.com


  1. Fun photos! I’d love to win a pb critique! Thanks, Suzanne.

  2. And thank you for all your wonderful books! I’d love to win a pb critique.

  3. I am a regular reader. I love all posts!

  4. Michele Helsel

    This is a great blog, and I would like to thank all of you, too!

  5. Loved looking at all the photos.We have a lot of friends in common. 🙂 How cool that you and Don did a book together…can’t wait to read SWISH!!

  6. Great pictures. I don’t know what i would do without my writing pals. They are my rock. PBB keeps me up on the latest trends and has wonderful insight. Thank you right back.

  7. Kathy Mazurowski

    Great photos. I love reading all posts about pb. It helps my library lists. Thanks!

  8. Angie Quantrell

    I love how the kidlit community has come together during this time. Thanks for sharing some fun highlights!

    • I agree, Angie. It’s been so heartwarming to see how the kidlit group is helping each other out, as well as supporting teachers. So glad you’re part of our PBB peeps!

  9. You are all amazing! Encouraging words from all of you! Greetings from Greece!

  10. Oh how I miss attending fun book events and seeing delightful book folks in person! Lovely photo roundup.

    • I was sad to miss a lot of events planned for this spring. But at the same time I’m trying to enjoy this gift of time with my family. Thanks for being part of our PBB regular reading crew!

  11. Debra Kempf Shumaker

    I love all the photos! And I just love this blog. A PB critique would be an awesome prize! 🙂

  12. This is lovely, Suzanne! A great reminder that we’re NOT alone, even though it feels that way right now. And THANK YOU for being part of PBB!

  13. My PBB email is always my favorite email to open!! Thank you!!

  14. I love the comment about not being alone. We’ve been together, and we still are. We just don’t have a lot of pictures. If I took Selfies, I wouldn’t know how to post them, but great great family, friends, texts, mail, online visits and chats as well as Webinars that teach us keep us together. Yes, we’re not alone!

  15. I love the posts on Picture Book Builders. Thank you, Suzanne, for all that you do for our community!!

  16. WOW — what a fun walk down your memory lane. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all you do!

  17. Thank you for your wonderful book, for your time and energy in all you do to promote and share books, and for sharing exciting moments in your writing journey!

  18. I feel like this is my virtual family! Thank you all!

  19. Aww! This post makes my heart happy. Thank YOU for posting it. <3

  20. Thank you for your generous offer! I enjoy reading everyone’s posts.

  21. Thank you for all of your posts and for all of the other PBB contributors who have made books fun and informative.

  22. Thank you for sharing this, Suzanne–very uplifting!

  23. Thank you Suzanne! PBB is an amazing resource and community.

  24. And we appreciate you. You inspire us to do nonfiction storybooks for children so they learn about the world.

  25. Thank YOU for all your insights and encouragement. PBB is such a fantastic resource for the picture book community.

  26. Looking forward to when we can gather together again. Thanks for keeping the virtual community going! I would love to win a PB critique.

  27. Fantastic post, Suzanne! It definitely takes a village!

  28. A big thanks to you too! Your emails make my inbox and my heart so happy!

  29. A big thanks right back at you! Your emails make my inbox and heart happy!

  30. Wow- what fun pictures! Thanks for sharing them. I can’t wAit for things to go back to some kind of normal so we can attend conferences again. I would love a PB critique?

  31. Suzanne, those photos are SO WONDERFUL! Thank you for being my friend – it’s always fun to hang out in your orbit. (Very obvious reference to some of my favorite Suzanne Slade books) ❤️

  32. Thank you for the posts. I look for the each week

  33. Your gratitude is contagious! (the best kind of cotangent 😉 Thank you for keeping us all in the loop of the who/what/why/how of quality PBs and their builders.

  34. Thank you, Suzanne. This is a wonderful blog and those are some fun photos!

  35. Lovely, heartwarming post, Suzanne. Love the happy smiling faces. Take care.

  36. Doreen Robinson

    The gratitude goes both ways – thank you Suzanne and PBB for sharing your wisdom with us!

  37. Thank YOU and your fellow writers for this blog. I’ve learned so much. Each time there’s a new post, I start my day by reading it.

  38. Jennifer Lane Wilson

    Great to see all those smiling faces! I’d love to win a PB critique with you.

  39. Wow! Thank you…I’d love to win a PB critique.

  40. Wonderful to see the pictures! I’d love to win a PB critique. Thank you so much for your generosity!

  41. Thank you for this and all the other PBB posts! They are always so helpful and inspiring.

  42. Love the gratitude—and the PIGGIES IN PAJAMAS rap!

  43. Janet Frenck Sheets

    This site has introduced me to so many great picture books. Thank you!

  44. I agree with Kris Wrucke’s comment – The PBB email is always my favorite email to get.

  45. Jilanne Hoffmann

    As a former engineer, I love seeing other engineers mixing their analytical and storytelling skills to create fabulous books for kids! Congrats on bringing so many topics to life!

  46. I can always count on this blog to cheer me up and teach me something. Fun to see all the photos today.

  47. Fun pictures and thank you for the educator resources! Some schools are at the finish line but it’s 5 and a half more weeks in NYC! Mixing up the resources keeps things fresh 🙂

  48. This post made me smile! Thank you.

  49. Thanks for the encouragement! I’d love a PB Critique.

  50. Those are cool pictures.

    Thank YOU for doing this. I’d love a PB critique.

  51. Thank you, Suzanne, for reminding us what a wonderful and supportive community we have! Thank YOU!

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