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Susan Kusel

About Susan Kusel

Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, the children's book buyer and selector for [words] bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey, and the owner of Dream On Books, a children's book consulting company.

Jim Dale’s soporific magic

I’ve always been a big Harry Potter fan, but I never dreamed how much a part of my life Harry would become. When my first son was born, I was in labor for a week and struggling to stay calm. My mom is a psychologist and also does hypnosis (legitimate hypnosis — not making people […]

Book or Treat!

I hand out books every Halloween. I fill a table in my foyer with books from all genres and for all age levels. As each group of trick-or-treaters comes to my door, I offer books in addition to a bowl of candy. I’ve learn many lessons after years of “Book or Treat”; here are some […]

Crunch time for the Committee is NOW

This is the time of year where everyone feels stressed by looming deadlines. Families coming for the holidays, last-minute gift decisions, year-end reports, and of course, final preparations for the Caldecott committee meetings. As a member of last year’s committee, I can tell you that December is a high-pressure month. The final round of nominations […]