Writer of children’s books; journalist; potter; craftsperson.  Born– October 8, 1955, Miami, Florida.  Parents– Donald and Vivian Susenbach.  Married– Richard Joel Kittinger, December 28, 1974.  Children–three.  Education– University of Montevallo, B.F.A., 1977.  Co-owner of a fine crafts gallery in Alabaster, AL, 1977-78; freelance crafts designer, 1978-91; freelance author of children’s books after 1991.  Wrote for magazines and newspapers.  Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society; Alabama Writer’s Forum.   Member Board of Directors, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Health Care Authority of Jefferson County. Received a Crystal Kite Award and a Christopher Award in 2013.


Contemporary Authors; Something about the Author.


Birds of North America:  East.  New York:  DK Publishing, 2001.

Birds of North America: West.  New York:  DK Publishing, 2001.

Dead Log Alive!  New York:  Franklin Watts, 1996.

Going to the Beach.  Danbury, CT: Children’s Press, 2002.

The House on Dirty-Third Street.  Peachtree Press, 2012.

The Joy of Cats.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1999.

A Look at Minerals:  From Galena to Gold.  New York:  Franklin Watts, 1998.

A Look at Rocks: From Coal to Kimberlife.  New York:  Franklin Watts, 1997.

Lunch with Punch.  Danbury, CT:  Children’s Press, 2003.

Moving Day.  Danbury: Children’s Press, 2003.

Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights.  Calkins Creek, 2010.

Stories in  Stone:  The World of Animal Fossils.

When I Grow Up.  Danbury, CT: Children’s Press, 2004.

Who is George Washington Carver?  Children’s Press, 2005.

Who is Jane Goodall?  Children’s Press, 2005.