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Pattersons appear on ‘Today Show’ to speak about new book, ‘Big Words for Little Geniuses’

August 30, 2017

UW-Madison alumna Susan Solie Patterson and her husband James Patterson, the award-winning and best-selling mystery and children's book author, appeared on NBC’s the “Today Show” Tuesday morning to talk about their new book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses."

Big Words for Little GeniusesA preview of the book explains: “There's no ‘gobbledygook’ in this clever picture book by James and Susan Patterson, with each letter of the alphabet providing a sophisticated word and definition for ‘Lilliputian’ children to learn. Adults will appreciate the ‘juxtaposition’ of young kids properly using impressive words that many grownups may not have heard of before!”

Susan Solie Patterson was a two-time All-American swimmer at UW-Madison in the late 1970s and earned a bachelor’s degree in art in 1979 and a master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1982.

“Ever since I got my master of fine arts degree from Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book,” Susan told the Today Show.

“My thing has always been to provide tools for parents and grandparents to get kids reading and to get them to be all they can be,” said James.

Pattersons on Today Show
James Patterson and Susan Solie Patterson talk
about their new book on the "Today Show." View
their appearance at Today.com
James Patterson has sold more than 350 million books across the globe and holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers. Some of his best-known works include the “Alex Cross” detective series, the “Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club” series, and the “Maximum Ride,” “Treasure Hunters” and “Middle School” series.

James Patterson also is well known for his passion in promoting literacy efforts and reading for children. He created ReadKiddoRead.com, a website launched in 2008 to help parents, teachers and librarians spark kids’ excitement about reading.

The Pattersons also support ​future teachers and other students via scholarships at some 20 colleges and universities across the nation, including many students on the UW-Madison campus. Within the School of Education alone, Patterson scholarships support more than 20 students.

Susan Solie Patterson is a member of the Art Department’s Board of Visitors, the School of Education’s Comprehensive Campaign Committee, and the UW Foundation’s Board of Directors.
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