Where Students Shine and Learning is Fun!

      On Friday, March 25, 2022, it was my privilege to visit an elementary school for March Is Reading Month. It was a day for me to share the joy of reading and writing books. It was also a chance to share the wonder and power of books to take us on adventures. 

     Using my books Grandma’s Sock Drawer and A Home For Evert as examples, the classes and I explored the steps of the writing process together.

Learning is Fun!

     Students from kindergarten through the fifth grade were the shining stars of each presentation, sharing with me their attentiveness, energy, and enthusiasm. 

     We embarked on the adventure of writing beginning with the hunt for an idea, looking far and near to discover ideas that are all around us and within. 

Time to put on the Idea Hat!

     Once we found our Best, Most Exciting, Fabulous Idea in the World we were ready to write it down and then share it with friends and teachers. It was after this sharing that we discovered that our Most Fabulous, Best Idea in the World needed some work. 
     “Should we throw our story away?” I asked when we found out it wasn’t perfect. 

     “NO!” agreed every class.

     So, we put on our working hardhat and erased and changed our stories until they were the best they could be. 

Time to figure things out with our Working Hardhat.

     “How many times do we fix our story?” I’d ask. “Once? Twice?”
     “Until it’s right!” the children encouraged me.

     We talked about the differences between Fiction and Nonfiction. We discovered that a writer could use facts, even in their fiction story, just like I did with my shrew, Evert.

Talking about writing fiction and nonfiction.

     After reading scenes from my published book Grandma’s Sock Drawer and A Home for Evert, my newest story in the process of revision, we celebrated with applause for the wonders of words and their ability to whisk us away to new and exciting worlds. 

      My elementary friends and I parted with renewed interest in books and the writing process that creates them. 

     We all agreed that learning can be fun.

Reading Grandma’s Sock Drawer to the students.

February Blew By!

I raced through February on my annual Picture Book Marathon. 
Ran past the groundhog’s forecast of spring. 
Jogged through tales of historic Black Americans.
Lingered long in expressions of love. 
Cheered and clapped as teams blocked and blazed their way to touchdowns.
Skated, skied, twisted and twirled, with U.S. Olympians in Beijing.
Shoveled snow, enjoyed unexpected puddles before they crystalized to ice.
Then with a nod to past presidents’ birthdays I skid to a halt.
Teetering on the edge of February 2022, I pause.

What wonders will March bring?

Batches of paczki?
Emerging crocuses defying the snow?
Shall I trade snowflakes for shamrocks; drifts of snow for bundles of green?
Will lion-like winds lift kites wildly on high?
New life emerges all around.
New possibilities to explore.
Clutching my newest story in hand I wonder…

Good-bye, Fantastic February. 
It’s time to meet Marvelous March!

A Big Thank You To My Loyal Supporters

To all loyal supporters of Grandma’s Sock Drawer:

THANK YOU!

                      THANK YOU!          

                                           THANK YOU!

Thank you for your attention, efforts, and support in voting for 

Grandma’s Sock Drawer over the past seven months.

Your faithful voting put this book into the top ten for the Author Elite Award.

I have felt you cheering my book to the finish line throughout these months and it has thrilled and encouraged me.

Once again, thank you for your expression of love and well wishes for my book’s success.

From one who is used to a slower pace of life,

thank you for joining me on this thrilling adventure.

I look forward to sharing more of Sukey’s adventures with you in the near future!

A Poem for Autumn: Nature’s Ticker-Tape

Fall greetings to all!
This change of season may come with whipping winds and stormy skies.
But take courage in fall’s passing beauty, for with it also comes hope and a bountiful harvest,  
Keep walking.
Brighter days are just ahead. 

NATURE’S TICKER-TAPE

Day has begun, but no sun.
Begin the day’s journey unseeing the way
Shoulders robed with heavy mist of dawn
Sidewalk stretches endlessly
Countless squares of concrete gray.
One unnoticed step in front of the other
Padded rhythm marches out the seconds
Till the red-orange sun peeks above the horizon’s purple mountain cloud
And stretches its white tentacles to the brightening sky
Birds begin the melody and criss-cross before with invisible streamers
They swoop and rise with cheers to treetops
Joining the escalating breeze to shake nature’s confetti from the trees.
Golden, floating, lightly landing on shoulders, face and path, saying well done,
well done
Sun reveals the truth:  not just gray ahead, but golden patches checkering the way
Crunchy carpet, piles of crackly brilliance, in the path and along the wayside
Nature cheers in silent earnest to walk with strong step beneath the
whitecap clouds on the inverted sea
Inhaling the sweet breath of evergreen perfume whispering their applause
Success, success, success, is yours, just walk
You have become part of Nature’s ticker-tape

If you enjoyed reading this poem, you might also like The Dandelion Prayer: Celebrating National Poetry Month.

The 2021 SCBWI BookStop features Grandma’s Sock Drawer

I am excited to announce that my debut YA novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, is now being featured in the SCBWI, Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, BookStop in the YA category. My book is available both in print and as an eBook. Check out my BookStop page here:

The 2021 BookStop opened up on October 18 and offers visitors the chance to browse over 1,000 new picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels written and/or illustrated by SCBWI members. Buying a book not only supports book creators, but indie bookstores as well. The BookStop store will be until November 30.

As a member of SCBWI, I have found the organization to be very helpful in my writing and publishing process. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.

This is the second year that I have shared it in the SCBWI BookStop. It feels wonderful to have reached another milestone on my journey as an author and I am very grateful for everyone who has supported me along the way.

#SCBWIBookStop 2021 is officially open. Start browsing all books here:

#BookBuzz #ChildrensBooks #KidLit #MichLit #MichiganAuthor #WritersLife #SCBWI #NewBooks #WritingGoals #Grateful

Author Elite Awards Update: Round 2 for Grandma’s Sock Drawer

Thank you to all who have supported Grandma’s Sock Drawer during these past months of competition!

It appears that your votes have carried Grandma’s Sock Drawer successfully through the first cut!

Now, Grandma’s Sock Drawer is a finalist under the Young Adult Fiction 2021 category on the Author Elite website.

You can find and vote for Grandma’s Sock Drawer on the first page of the Author Elite website. Here, voters are allowed to vote for their favorite book multiple times per day, every day, as often as you wish. All you have to do is exit the Author Elite site and your browser, re-enter and vote again.

This final round of voting closes on October 21, 2021.

Thanks for voting Grandma’s Sock Drawer into this final round of competition.

I hope you will continue to see Grandma’s Sock Drawer to a brilliant finish.

My continued gratitude for your votes.

Meet me at the 2020 Virtual Author Fair!

I’m excited to be a part of the Rochester Hills Public Library 2020 Virtual Author Fair which is being presented in partnership with Rochester Writers. This is the first time I have done something like this and it’s been a fun adventure. I recently did an interview on Zoom and then this recording will be aired on the weekend after Thanksgiving in honor of Shop Small Saturday. This will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2020 and Sunday, November 29, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m. both days. I hope you get a chance to tune in and listen to all of the fascinating interviews with all of the participating authors. Check it out here!

Here is the description from the Rochester Hills Public Library:


Join us online for the second annual Author Fair with RHPL and Rochester Writers. Nearly thirty local authors will be featured in recorded interviews that will debut on RHPL’s YouTube channel on Small Business Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29. 

Beginning Monday, November 30, the library will release each interview independently on its social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The interviews will feature a Q/A with the selected authors, as well as links to their social media channels and websites. Authors may read from their books or offer a creative interpretation of their published materials. 

These authors cover a variety of genres and are both traditionally and self-published. PLEASE NOTE: The YouTube links will not be live until Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29. 


I love that we are supporting local authors with this event and sharing stories, wisdom, and insight with our communities. Normally it would be an in-person event; the virtual event this year is providing unexpectedly delightful benefits. It’s going to be a great weekend and I hope to see you at the fair!

Grandma’s Sock Drawer featured in SCBWI BookStop

I am excited to announce that my debut YA novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, is now being featured in the SCBWI, Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, BookStop.

The 2020 BookStop opened up on October 6 and offers visitors the chance to browse over 1,000 new picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels written and/or illustrated by SCBWI members. Buying a book not only supports book creators, but indie bookstores as well. The BookStop store will be until November 30. Check out my page here:

As a member of SCBWI, I have found the organization to be very helpful in my writing and publishing process. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.

My first goal was to publish my debut novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, and then it was important for me to share it in the SCBWI BookStop. It feels wonderful to have reached another milestone on my journey as an author and I am very grateful for everyone who has supported me along the way.

#SCBWIBookStop 2020 is officially open. Start browsing all books here:

#BookBuzz #ChildrensBooks #KidLit #MichLit #MichiganAuthor #WritersLife #SCBWI #NewBooks #WritingGoals #Grateful

Grandma’s Sock Drawer by Sue Agauas; Michigan Author’s Debut Novel Receives Rave Reviews

Grandma’s gone. Now Sukey races against time to unravel the mysteries of a puzzling inheritance – a sock drawer – from a grandmother she was forbidden to know. A note and a key to Grandma’s “most precious treasure” sends Sukey on wild adventures with unexpected twists and turns. Will Sukey learn the truth about her grandmother, unlock the questions that will lead to peace, and connect her fragmented family? And, can she find the answers before an estate sale ends everything? Author Sue Agauas’ first full-length novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, delivers for readers and receives rave reviews.

“In her debut book, Agauas mixes adventure and Christian allegory in a way that’s mildly reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.” – Kirkus Reviews

“In Grandma’s Sock Drawer, Agauas combines masterful storytelling, compelling dialogue and vivid imagery. This is a story of family, love, forgiveness and hope … a must read!” – Angela Wright; Educator, Administrator

Grandma’s Sock Drawer is a read and re-read fantasy novel that can stand alongside classic literature giants. It’s a fanciful tale filled with vivid imagery, suspense, and adventure.” – Evonne L. Rogers; Educator, Curriculum Director, and School Administrator

“I am passionate about the power of love and family,” said Agauas. “I love how books can transport a reader to places near or far, real or imaginary.” She wrote Grandma’s Sock Drawer, her first novel, during the 2017 National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. “Writing my first book has been an adventure. I’m grateful to all the hands, hearts, and help that coaxed this book into its momentous liftoff.”

Finding support and motivation within the local writing community led Agauas to participate in events with the Rochester Writers organization and to become a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) of Michigan. She founded Why Not Now? Children’s Books LLC – a publishing company. She has been writing picture books for younger readers for many years, and is currently writing book two – her next novel – in the Grandma’s Sock Drawer series. 

With a deep love of nature and animals, Sue feels that stories revolving around emotions, especially joy, have a large impact. For thirty-nine years, she enjoyed teaching children in elementary school. “Having a strong love for learning and discovery, I now endeavor to share these passions with children of all ages through my books,” said Agauas. She finds her greatest happiness when she is spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, writing, and riding her overly clever, but very lovable horse.

Readers can find Grandma’s Sock Drawer in both print and eBook format at numerous outlets including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Bookshop.org, independent bookstores, libraries, and more. Grandma’s Sock Drawer is middle grade fiction, yet appeals to a wide audience that includes teachers, parents, and senior citizens.

By visiting www.SueAgauas.com, visitors can gain insight about Grandma’s Sock Drawer, learn about Agauas’ history, read her blog, and order the book. In addition, teachers will find online resources for using Grandma’s Sock Drawer in the classroom.

About the Author

After a 39-year successful career as an elementary school teacher, Sue Agauas retired in 2016. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two adult children. A strong love of God, family, and animals (especially horses) drives her passion for life. Sue lives in Sterling Heights, MI with her husband, enjoys writing, and spending time with her grandchild.

Product Information

BOOK: Grandma’s Sock Drawer
AUTHOR: Sue Agauas
PAPERBACK: 336 pages
PUBLISHER: Why Not Now Children’s Books LLC
PUBLICATION DATE: February 25, 2020
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-10: 1732271119
ISBN-13: 978-1732271111
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
PRICE: $14.99/paperback, $3.99/eBook

Launch of Grandma’s Sock Drawer

Hurray!!

It’s finally happened!

I’m happy to announce that:

Grandma’s Sock Drawer is up, out, and available for eager readers.

Follow the adventures of Sukey as she struggles to unravel the mystery of the unusual gift left to her by her missing grandmother. Discover, with Sukey, the  meaning behind her grandmother’s most ‘precious treasure’, a sock drawer. 

Many thanks to all the hands, hearts, and help that coaxed this book into its momentous liftoff.

Grandma’s Sock Drawer is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Bookshop.org, and more!

Visit my website: sueagauas.com, for free materials to use with Grandma’s Sock Drawer. You’ll find a delightful word search, match the characters page, and a chapter by chapter comprehension guide, with corresponding answer keys.

Keep your eyes peeled for future adventures with Sukey!