Sue Ann Alderson

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Sue Ann Alderson (born September 11, 1940),[1] an American children's novelist, was born in 1940 in New York City.[2] She earned a B.A. in English from Ohio State University in 1962 and an M.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967. Alderson moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1967 where she taught at Simon Fraser University. She also was a professor in the Creative Writing Department at the University of British Columbia.[3]

Alderson writes for various ages and in different genres.[3] Some common themes in her writing, however, are "the empowerment of children, the joys of animals and nature, the pleasure of cooperative projects and the value of individuality and imagination."[2]


A children's novelist, she has written 17 novels.[4] Her most popular books is Ida and the Wool smugglers; according to WorldCat, the book is held in 543 libraries [4]

  • 1974 Bonnie McSmithers, You're Driving Me Dithers
    • translated into French by Fiona Garrick as Anne-Marie Maginol, tu me rends folle
  • 1977 The Finding Princess
  • 1977 The Adventures of Prince Paul
  • 1977 Hurry Up, Bonnie
  • 1979 Bonnie McSmithers Is At It Again
  • 1983 The Not Impossible Summer
  • 1983 Comet's Tale
  • 1984 The Something in Thurlo Darby's House
  • 1987 Ida and the Wool Smugglers
  • 1989 Maybe You Had to be There, by Duncan
  • 1990 Chapter One
  • 1992 Sure as Strawberries
  • 1993 A Ride for Martha
  • 1995 Ten Mondays for Lots of Boxes
  • 1997 Pond Seasons
  • 1999 Wherever Bears Be (Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize)
  • 2007 The Eco Diary of Karin Singer


  1. ^ LC Authority file
  2. ^ a b Ellis, Sarah (1995). "Alderson, Sue Ann". In Berger, Laura Standley. Twentieth Century Children's Writers (4th ed.). Detroit: St. James Press. p. 13. ISBN 9781558621770. 
  3. ^ a b Egoff, Sheila (1997). The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780195411676 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ a b <wci Worldcat Identities