Susan Stockdale has written and illustrated a number of children's picture books including Spectacular Spots, Stripes of All Types, Bring On the Birds, and Fabulous Fishes. Her books celebrate nature with whimsical charm and have won awards from the American Library Association,Parents' Choice, the National Science Teachers Association, Children's Cooperative Book Center, and Bank Street College of Education. Her animal imagery is also featured on puzzles, coloring books, and other products sold worldwide.

Her engaging rhymes and colorful, richly textured illustrations elicit praise. The Washington Post exclaimed, "If the paintings are the feast, Stockdale's words are the dessert." She lives in Maryland and speaks frequently at schools and conferences.