Susan Vande Griek - Author


Susan Vande Griek started writing for children after she had four of her own. She has always been a reader and a sometimes writer though, and had studied English Literature and Education at university. She has been at times a teacher, a library assistant, a gardener, a B&B helper, and a caregiver.#Her interest in art history inspired her to write picture books about Emily Carr (The Art Room) and Tom Thomson (Go Home Bay) to introduce those artists to children. Her enjoyment of birds led her to write Loon – a winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz award and the Norma Fleck award – as well as her latest book about birds in flight, Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel.#Susan likes writing poetry and has had some of her poems published in the children’s magazine Cricket.#Born in New York, she spent much of her childhood in Vermont, then moved to Canada as a university student and stayed. She has lived mainly in the Maritimes in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now, like the birds, migrates between them and Ontario.


  • Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel

    2021 - Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2020 - Outstanding Children's Book Award, Animal Behavior Society, Short-listed

    2020 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

    2019 - Best of the Best books of 2019, Chicago Public Library, Listed

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