Elizabeth Suneby - Author


Elizabeth Suneby loves to play with words!#Writing helps Liz come up with new ideas, learn new things, figure out her feelings and express them to other people. Writing is also how Liz earns a living. She writes for companies big and small. She writes magazine articles. And she writes books for children and teens that help them find their voice in a hopeful world.#Watch for Liz’s latest book, No Room for A Pup!, in the fall of 2019. The thoroughly modern and humorous twist on a venerable Yiddish folktale (popularized in Margot Zemach’s 1978 Caldecott Honor book, It Could Always Be Worse) highlights the importance of gratitude and weaves in the ubiquitous “I want a dog” story. A fun read-aloud that reinforces the power of thankfulness and perseverance.#Liz’s multiple award–winning book Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet is her second in the CitizenKid series. It is a great read for anyone who loves science, the environment or learning about world cultures.#Another book Liz wrote in the CitizenKid series is Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education. This multiple award–winning title is based on the true story of a girl in Afghanistan and how she convinces the men in her family to allow her to go to school. Can you believe that in some countries not all kids are able to go to school? In fact, 69 million school-aged children around the world are currently being denied an education. Liz leads interactive workshops with students that explore the topics of discrimination, determination and education for all.#Teachers and librarians, please contact Liz at liz@elizabethsuneby.com if you are interested in having her lead a workshop. Also, the Khaled Hosseini Foundation adopted the Razia book into their work with International Baccalaureate Schools and developed free curricula for all elementary and middle school educators.#Liz’s other award-winning titles include It’s a … It’s a … It’s a Mitzvah (picture book), That’s A Mitzvah (board book), The Mitzvah Project Book (nonfiction), The JGuy’s Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys (nonfiction) and See What You Can Be (activity book).


  • Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea

    2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Listed

    2019 - Children's Science Picture Book Award, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Winner

    2019 - Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation, Commended

    2019 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

    2019 - South Asia Book Award, The South Asia National Outreach Consortium, Honor Book

  • Razia’s Ray of Hope

    2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2014 - CCBC Choices 2014, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

    2014 - Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Commended

    2014 - Middle East Book Award, Picture Book, Middle East Outreach Council, Winner

    2014 - Social Justice Literature Award, International Reading Association, Winner

    2014 - South Asia Book Award for Children's Literature, South Asia National Outreach Consortium, Winner

    2014 - USBBY Outstanding International Book, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Commended

    2014 - White Raven List, International Youth Library, Winner

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