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Suzanne Kaufman and Martha Rago (The Children's Book Podcast #459)

September 4, 2018



Suzanne Kaufman (@lilmonkeydraws) and Martha Rago (@martharago) are the illustrator and art director, respectively, of ALL ARE WELCOME, a new picture book welcoming to school students of all races, ethnicities, beliefs, and backgrounds. The book was inspired by a piece of art made by Suzanne for her daughter's school and, once shared over social media, went viral throughout the kidlit community. It's a book spoken through the rhythm of kids' lives and it's the book I'll be reading to each of my K-5 classes throughout our first week of school. But more importantly, the story reminds readers that they belong and that they can feel confident knowing that they belong no matter what. This is the second of a 2-part podcast series on ALL ARE WELCOME. The first includes ALL ARE WELCOME author Alexandra Penfold and editor Erin Clarke (Listen HERE)




A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.


Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.


All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.






Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, animator and lover of school potlucks. She is the author-illustrator of Confiscated and I Love Monkey. Her previously illustration work includes books: All Are Welcome, 100 Bugs, Naughty Claudine Christmas, and Samanthasaurus Rex. She has won portfolio honors award at Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in NYC and the Summer Conference Mentorship.


Over the years, she’s done everything from animating special effects for Universal and Discovery, to animating award-winning video games. Before moving into children’s book publishing she was the Animation Lead at Sucker Punch Productions for Sly Cooper trilogy of games that were awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences “Innovation in Art Direction”, “Innovation in Animation” and “Children’s Title of the Year”. She has lectured and taught illustration an animation around the US, England and Japan.


When not tramping through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, you will find her teaching animation or working in her studio. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two creative daughters of her own.


Learn more about Suzanne Kaufman at


And purchase any one of Suzanne's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.








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