Sue Gallion

Author Visits

Booking now for the 2019-2020 school year!

I love meeting kids at library and school visits, and I have programs designed for preschool through grade 5. I also speak on literacy with read-aloud tips, book talks, and resources for finding that right book to parents, early childhood providers and educators.

I also love to visit with classrooms around the country in person or via Skype. I offer free 20-minute Skype visits to classrooms.

Here’s more information about my school and library visits:

Every Word Counts! (presentation for grades K-2)
Have fun with PUG MEETS PIG as we learn the power of just one word in a picture book. We also discover how the physical characteristics of a picture book give clues to a story. Where does a book come from? We see how PUG MEETS PIG went from an idea to a published book. This presentation includes lots of opportunity for interaction and ideas.

Fall for Books! (presentation for all grades)
Who doesn’t love dogs in costumes? This spook-tacular presentation for the fall semester uses my Halloween book, PUG & PIG TRICK-OR-TREAT, as our example to talk books and writing. I show-and-tell the story behind the story, from idea to published book. We also look at how the bones, or physical form, of a picture book can give clues to the story itself. We guess and learn bone facts about some favorite animals, too. This interactive presentation can be tailored for grades K-2 or 3-5. The presentation for 3-5 focuses on writing, using PUG & PIG TRICK-OR-TREAT as our mentor text.

The Story Behind the Story (presentation for grades 3-5)
What does an author have in common with every student? We are all writers! This presentation focuses on writing and revision. Using my picture books and the TIP AND TUCKER early reader series, we focus on beginnings and endings, word choice, pacing, and how editing improves writing. I also share examples of how a manuscript goes from idea to published picture book. This presentation also may be done as a small group workshop.

Book Signings and Extras:
Every student who attends a presentation will receive a bookmark. Curriculum guides and activity pages for teachers, students, and families are available free on my website, If you would like to offer book orders, it can be handled by your school or I can provide book order forms and work with a Kansas City independent bookstore. I will personalize or sign books the day of the visit. Posters and stickers also available.

PUG MEETS PIG (Missouri Library Association Building Block Award, 2018) and PUG & PIG TRICK-OR-TREAT (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2016 and 2017)
TIP AND TUCKER ROAD TRIP (Sleeping Bear Press, I Am a Reader series K-1, March 2019)
More to be announced soon!

Please contact me for fee information. Travel reimbursement for mileage if school or library is more than 40 miles from my home in south Kansas City, plus expenses if applicable (meals, lodging, transportation.) Letter of agreement must be signed to confirm visit. I can tailor presentations to specific needs if requested.

Contact me at, or use the form below. Connect on Twitter: @SueLGallion



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