Susan Koehler is a veteran educator, a lifetime literary enthusiast, and the author of several books for kids and teachers. Dahlia in Bloom, her first novel for young readers was named among the Best Books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews, and Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It, a fast-paced contemporary mystery, was the Florida Writers Association 2022 Children's Book of the Year. When she's not reading, writing, or talking about reading and writing, you can find Susan savoring precious moments with her adventurous husband, her five very busy children, and her three adorable grandchildren.
Susan's two YA books, Cursed and Innocent Blood, were released spring 2023 by Lerner Publishing's Darby Creek imprint. Appropriate for ages 11 and up, these slightly spooky tales are set in Foggy Creek, Texas, where mysterious events have coincided with the appearance of sinkholes.
Available now! Charlie's Song is the heartwarming sequel to Dahlia in Bloom. Along with the release of the book, the recording of "Charlie's Song," (lyrics by Susan Koehler; music by W. Heath Fowler; performed by W. Heath Fowler) is now available on multiple streaming outlets!
Susan is also an educational consultant who specializes in the teaching of reading and writing. Over the course of 36 years, she taught all grades from kindergarten through middle school and served as a reading coach and an adjunct professor. She has traveled across the country providing professional development and is the author of four professional books for teachers and five nonfiction books for children. Susan was the 2004 Leon County Teacher of the Year and the 2005 recipient of Florida's Mary Brogan Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Check out my Podcast interview with host Dori Durbin. Learn the importance of reading to and with kids, and hear a bit about Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It.
Host Dori Durbin leads a conversation about developing characters and embedding historical details into middle grade fiction and introduces listeners to Charlie's Song.