Susan Avingaq was born on the land and moved to the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, in the mid-1970s. She loves to go camping and fishing whenever she can and often brings new people along to teach them these land skills. She enjoys sewing and teaching younger people important cultural practices. She is an extremely resourceful person and thinks that this is an important quality to pass on to the younger generation. She has many grandchildren, whom she likes to share her stories with. Her books are based on author Susan Avingaq’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu. Her book Fishing with GrandmaThe Pencil/ A la peche avec grand-maman was selected Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017. The Pencil was selected USBBY Outstanding International Book 2020.