Susan Stockdale

  • About the Artist:

    Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry, is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature including Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types, and Bird Show. She delights in making science sparkle for young readers through her bright, bold illustrations and rhythmic, rhythming text. Her books have won a variety of awards, including the ALSC Notable Children’s Book, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12.

    Susan’s distinctive artwork is grounded in realism but steeped in imagination. Called “a feast for the eyes” by Kirkus Reviews, it has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators “Original Art Show” and other showcases. She lives with her husband in Maryland. Her next picture book will be published in 2023. Visit her website at www.susanstockdale.com.

    Category:

    • Visual
    • Writers

    Type of Programs Offered

    • workshop
    • virtual
    • Illustrating Picture Books that Celebrate Nature and Diversity

      Description:

      Critically-acclaimed author/illustrator Susan Stockdale demonstrates how she creates paintings for her picture books about animal and plant life.

      Students discover how her initial sketches evolve into final book illustrations with bright colors and intricate patterns. Stockdale shows how she researches her scientific subjects to ensure that her images are accurate yet imaginative. Students enhance their visual literacy skills by comparing and contrasting Stockdale's sketches to the final images in her books and are inspired to create a book of their own.

      Learn why schools exclaim that "few authors have generated such enthusiasm from the students and teachers."

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      K-5

      Curriculum Connections

      This program is offered as:

      • workshop
    • Writing Picture Books that Celebrate Nature

      Description:

      Award-winning author/illustrator Susan Stockdale demonstrates how she researches and writes her nonfiction picture books with themes ranging from how animals carry their young to how flower shapes attract certain pollinators.

      Students learn how to conduct thorough research to gather accurate information and the importance of revising during the writing process. They discover how rhythmic rhyme and vivid verbs, synonyms and alliteration can make their words sparkle.

      Find out why Stockdale received a "Notable Books in the Language Arts" award from the National Council of Teachers of English and why schools call her presentation "the best author program we ever had."

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      K-5

      Curriculum Connections

      This program is offered as:

      • workshop
    • Booking Details

      Program Costs:

      Fees: $700+
      Please contact the artist for further information

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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Susan Stockdale
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    301.646.8296
    State / County:
    Maryland

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