Sue Lowell Gallion writes for children because she is passionate about children, reading, and any combination of the two! She’s the author of the award-winning Pug Meets Pig picture book series and the celebrated nonfiction Our World, A First Book of Geography. Her next book is Our Seasons, The World in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn, releasing April 20, 2022.
Pug Meets Pig, illustrated by Joyce Wan (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) released in 2016, with a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Pug Meets Pig won the Missouri Library Association Building Block Award in 2018. The second in the series, Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat, also illustrated by Joyce Wan, released summer 2017, with starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Pug & Pig and Friends released August 2021.
Sue writes both fiction and nonfiction for kids of a variety of ages, including board books, picture books, and early readers.
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 also have been published in children’s magazines including Highlights and High Five.
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 daughter, son and daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. 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, preschool, and elementary school visits, including free short virtual sessions. She also speaks to writers, parents, librarians, and early childhood educators. She shares books with kids every week through Lead to Read KC, a wonderful non-profit matching adult mentor readers with first and second graders in urban schools. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the former regional advisor for the Kansas/Missouri region.