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Suse MacDonald Papers

Identifier: 2004-0085

Scope and Content

The collection contains artwork, correspondence, book dummies, reviews and related materials pertaining to books authored and/or illustrated by Suse MacDonald. Also included are sketches, drawings and illustrations completed as part of her artistic training.


  • undated, 1979-2002


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Suse MacDonald was born 3 March 1940, in Evanston, IL. She attended Chatham College (1958-1960), University of Iowa (B.A., 1962;, Radcliffe College, Art Institute, and New England School of Art and Design. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Authors Guild, Authors League of America, and Graphic Artists' Guild, MacDonald began her artistic career as a textbook illustrator for Caru Studios (New York, NY, 1964-1969). From 1969 until 1976 she was an architectural designer for MacDonald & Swan Construction (South Londonderry, VT) and then a freelance advertising artist from 1982 to 1985. She has been an author and illustrator of children's literature since 1986.

Suse MacDonald has won several awards for her work including:

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  1. Editor's Choice citation, 1986
  2. Booklist, 1986
  3. Best Books of the Year citation, 1986
  4. School Library Journal, 1986
  5. Pick of the Lists citation, American Booksellers Association, 1986
  6. Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers, 1987
  7. Caldecott Honor Award, American Library Association, 1987

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  1. Gold Medal for preschool book
  2. National Parenting Publication Awards


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Language of Materials



The collection contains artwork, illustrations, correspondence and related materials pertaining to Suse MacDonald, award winning author/illustrator of fourteen children's books as of 2010.


Series I: Class assignments (undated, 1979-1980, 1997-1999) includes sketches completed as class assignments.

Series II: Children's books (undated, 1986-2002) contains a materials related to books associated with Suse MacDonald arranged chronologically by publication date.

Series III: Project artwork (undated) includes all other materials in the collection that are not identified with the previous two series. Projects include textbook illustration, commerical projects and a few pieces that cannot be easily associated with any of the above.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries by Suse MacDonald in 2004.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.


General note

Published Works:


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  1. Alphabatics, Bradbury, 1986.
  2. (With Bill Oakes) Numblers, Dial, 1988.
  3. (With Bill Oakes) Puzzlers, Dial, 1989.
  4. (With Bill Oakes) Once upon Another, Dial, 1990.
  5. Space Spinners, Dial, 1991.
  6. Sea Shapes, Harcourt, 1994.
  7. Nanta's Lion: A Search-and-Find Adventure, Morrow, 1995.
  8. Peck, Slither and Slide, Harcourt, 1997.
  9. Elephants on Board, Harcourt, 1999.
  10. Look Whooo's Counting, Scholastic, 2000.
  11. Here-a-Chick, Where-a-Chick?, Scholastic, 2004.


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  1. Hank de Zutter. Who Says a Dog Goes Bow-Wow?, Doubleday, 1993.
  2. Jean Marzollo. I Love You: A Rebus Poem, Scholastic, 2000.
  3. Jean Marzollo. I See a Star, Scholastic, 2002.
Suse MacDonald Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2004 July
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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