Sue Lowell Gallion writes for children because she is passionate about children, reading, and any combination of the two. Sue’s debut picture book, PUG MEETS PIG, illustrated by Joyce Wan (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) released on Sept. 27, 2016, with a starred review from Publishers Weekly. PUG MEETS PIG is now in its second printing. Another Pug and Pig adventure, PUG & PIG: TRICK OR TREAT, also illustrated by Joyce Wan, will release July 25, 2017. In 2013, Sue received the Most Promising Picture Book Manuscript award from SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Sue’s stories, poems, and activity rhymes have been published in children’s magazines including Highlights and High Five.
Here’s a recent interview with the Johnson County Library Read Local:
As a printer’s daughter, Sue grew up surrounded by the smells of paper and ink and the sound of printing presses. Want to hear what the pressroom sounded like? Turn your volume way up.
Sue and her sister, Nancy, liked to visit The Lowell Press, the family printing plant. They raided the plant gumball machine, gathered paper scraps to make paper dolls, and played with type and stamp pads. When they got a little older, they worked there, too. They stuffed envelopes, boxed books, and proofread endless pages of cattle pedigrees (with breaks for gumballs.)
Today Sue lives in the Kansas City area. Kansas City is a city in two different states. There’s a road called State Line Road not far from Sue’s house. She lives on the Kansas side. The state of Missouri is on the other side of the road. Sue’s family includes her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, and a baby grandson. Another important member of her family is her black lab mix, Tucker, who likes to go on walks and hold hands.
Sue is available for library and school visits. She also loves to share books with kids as a volunteer and tutor. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is the regional advisor for the Kansas/Missouri region.