Who is Anastasia Suen?


a) Author of 255 books for children, teens, and adults.

b) Booklist columnist and #kidlit blogger.

c) Children’s literature consultant.

d) A former K, 1, 5, & 6 teacher.

e) A former SDE, UNT, & SMU instructor.

f) A developmental editor.

g) All of the above.

The answer is: (g) All of the above.



A lifelong reader, Anastasia Suen wrote her first book at age eleven and she hasn’t stopped reading or writing since.

Anastasia Suen’s 255 books for children, teens, and adults include::

Biography Checklist

Are you writing a school report? Use this biography checklist:

Name: Anastasia Suen

How do you say her name: a-nuh-STAY-zhuh SOON

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Birth Date: Please note: Although this is a frequently asked question, Anastasia Suen stopped sharing her birth date after an identity theft incident.

Childhood homes: California and Florida

Current home: California

Ideas: Ideas are everywhere: home, school, books, magazines, newspapers, the internet and TV! There is always something interesting to explore.

Childhood writing: Anastasia Suen wrote her first picture book when she was eleven and she has been writing ever since. (She wrote hundreds of manuscripts before she sold her first three books in 1996.)

Hobbies: Reading, blogging, painting, piano, gardening, and yoga.

Awards: Best Girl Reader (second grade), New York Times Best Illustrated Book (Window Music), Nick Jr. Best Book (Toddler Two Dos años), Science Books and Films Best Books 2006 (Wild Animals series), Smithsonian Notable Book (Baby Born), Time Magazine Best Book (Window Music).


The Library of Congress Online Catalog has a long list of Anastasia Suen’s books, including forthcoming books that have been entered into the system due to a request for the CIP, the bibliographic record that appears on the copyright page of a book.

There is also a list of Anastasia Suen’s books at WorldCat, the online library catalog. WorldCat shows you where Anastasia Suen’s books are at the libraries near you. It also sorts the books by year of publication, language, topic, and format.

You can see some of Anastasia Suen’s books on Amazon, including books that are usually only sold to schools. (She has written readers from Level A to Level Z, and most of those books are sold directly to schools in sets that are organized by topic and reading level.)


Not listed anywhere under Anastasia Suen’s name are dozens of books she wrote as a ghostwriter. Anastasia Suen has written books with well-known characters for large “Big 5” New York publishers. (She has also written books for characters who did not have their own TV shows and movies yet.)


A children’s literature consultant since 1995, Anastasia Suen’s clients include:

Anastasia Suen develops books, novelties, kits, and curriculum for the education market (schools and libraries), the mass market (retail and mail-order), and the trade market (bookstores). She also works as a freelance developmental editor advising children’s book authors. All consulting work is confidential (with or without a nondisclosure agreement).

See Anastasia Suen’s resume on LinkedIn.



Anastasia Suen’s fascination with books led to a career in education. She taught kindergarten ESL, first, fifth, and sixth grades in Los Angeles before her children were born.

After her first books were published she began teaching adults: teacher inservice for Staff Development for Educators, children’s literature at the University of North Texas, and writing at Southern Methodist University.

Today she teaches writing by visiting schools and working with one-to-one with children’s book authors as a freelance developmental editor.

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