Susan Schnur

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Susan Schnur is a Reconstructionist rabbi whose “paper pulpit” is Lilith magazine, a Jewish women’s quarterly. Susan lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Harold and the Purple Crayon series.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

The last lines from Charlotte’s Web: “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

For children’s book authors, I love Daniel Pinkwater. For grownup book authors, I love Rilke. My fave children’s book illustrator is N.C. Wyeth.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve written since I was 6 years old. Though I went to seminary and then got a doctorate in psychology, in the heartiest part of my hearty-heart-heart, I have always been, and remain, a writer.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

To write children’s literature, you should start by being a child.