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Sue Alexander

Sue Alexander wove her life into the children’s books she wrote and helped create a support network for other creators as a founding board member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Alexander began to focus on her writing after the death of her mother, submitting stories to magazines and reviewing children’s books for the Los Angeles Times. She also began working for the newly created SCBWI, helping grow the organization from three members to over twelve thousand over the course of her twenty-five-year involvement. She sold her first book to Scholastic in 1973, Small Plays for You and a Friend, based on dramas she created to entertain her own children. Alexander went on to write more than twenty-five books, incorporating her childhood feelings of alienation into Lila on the Landing and the impact of her brother’s death on her family into Nadia the Willful. She taught picture-book writing at UCLA for a number of years, and SCBWI named an award for promising new writers in her honor.


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Children's author, professor, and founding board member of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Sue Alexander.

Photographer: Marilyn Sanders.

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

Date of Birth

Tucson, AZ
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sue Alexander." (Viewed on December 10, 2019) <>.


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