Susan Whelan is a children’s author and freelance writer. She has a passion for connecting children and teens with great books.


As an author, Susan has a particular interest in promoting diversity in children’s literature and writing stories that encourage children to explore their world and look at everyday situations in a fresh way. She is also interested in incorporating STEM themes in narratives for children. Her favourite books are those that spark conversations. Find out more here.

the-great-sock-secret-2Where do all of the odd socks go? Find out in this whimsical tale when Sarah’s mother decides to find all of the missing socks and Sarah does her best to hide the socks (and the mischievous fairies who have ‘borrowed’ them). The Great Sock Secret (EK Books, 2016) is illustrated by Gwynneth Jones and is available as an individual titles or as part of the Sugar & Spice Collection with Patch and Ruby By Anouska Jones and Dance with Me by Penny Harrison.


don't think about purple elephants

Susan’s first picture book, Don’t Think About Purple Elephants, is illustrated by Gwynneth Jones and was published by EK Books in April 2015. The book was launched at the Newcastle Writers’ Festival Family Day on the 21st March 2015 and was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2016. Click on the links to read more about the launch and release of the book.







You can find links to Susan’s other writing here and find reviews of her work here.

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