Sue Gallion


New books!
I’m delighted to introduce Tip and Tucker, stars of the newest I AM A READER series from Sleeping Bear Press. I am co-author of this series with my friend and fellow children’s writer, Ann Ingalls, who also has many years of experience as a classroom teacher. Brazilian illustrator Andre Ceolin’s charming illustrations bring Tip and Tucker to life. You just may want your own hamster! It’s been grand fun to write these books together, and we hope kids, teachers, and librarians enjoy this series.

Pug Meets Pig wins 2018 Missouri Library Association Building Block Award!

This award encourages reading aloud from birth through kindergarten by giving preschoolers and families the opportunity to vote for their favorite read aloud each fall.

Illustrator Joyce Wan and I are over the moon about this award! Thank you to Missouri children’s librarians for nominating Pug Meets Pig as one of 10 nominees for 2018, and THANK YOU to Missoui kids for voting Pug Meets Pig as the winner! I’m looking forward to accepting our award and speaking at the Missouri Library Association conference Oct. 2-4.

Librarians developed wonderful activity guides for each of the nominees including songs, activities, and suggestions for other books to read. Check out this link to download the activity guides for all the nominees:

Trade reviews for Tip and Tucker Road Trip:

From Kirkus: “Manageable for confident beginning readers, while Ceolin’s adorable illustrations give children clues and nicely show the contrast between nervous Tip and reassuring Tucker. Tip and Tucker are not Elephant and Piggie, but they’re cute and provide good practice for new readers.”

Starred reviews for Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat

From Kirkus: “The final scene. . . is as satisfying as it gets. Gallion’s tale works on many different levels: as a look at clever problem-solving and compromise, as a friendship story, and as a text suitable for early readers, with plenty of repetition, simple vocabulary, and short sentences. . . Delightful!”

From Publishers Weekly: “If possible, the pals are even more adorable this time around, thanks to their matching skeleton costumes. . . Gallion subtly explores how the two stay true to themselves, respect what the other needs, and find common ground (namely by getting really muddy . . . )”

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat was featured in Working Mother’s 10 Spooky Halloween Books That’ll Get Your Kids Excited for Parties, Costumes and Trick-or-Treating.

Celebrity readers Priscilla and Poppleton, the first grade pigs from Ponte Vedre, Florida.

Here’s a sampling of PUG MEETS PIG reviews

from industry, teacher, librarian and parent blogs

Starred review from Publishers Weekly

From School Library Journal: “The age-old theme of learning to accept a newcomer will resonate with children adjusting to a new sibling or witnessing an old pet adapt to a new one. . . VERDICT:  This cozy story is likely to hit the spot with many preschoolers and is a great choice for beginning readers.”

World Read Aloud Day with North Pointe Elementary in Clear Creek ISD

From Teach Mentor Texts: “I’m loving this book as a mentor text for primary writers . . . Reading Pug Meets Pig and asking students to look for the twist, will help them first to recognize it in a story and then they can think about a twist in the stories they write.”

From Prose and Kahn: “Yeah, there are other adorable Pug books out there, but make room for this sassy sibling rivalry book. It’s completely adorable from its endpapers through its creamy, lovely illustrations. Pug Meets Pig is a fun read aloud and great for newly emergent readers as well.”

From Cracking the Cover:Pug Meets Pig is very simple at first glance. There are not a lot of words to read, but there’s a lot to glean contextually. Author Sue Lowell Gallion has provided just enough framework for illustrator Joyce Wan to work her magic. Wan’s charming illustrations are reminiscent of those by Tomie dePaola — strong outlines and expressive characters immediately draw you in.”

From 5 Minutes for Books: “With big rounded faces, the two characters in Sue Lowell Gallion’s new picture book Pug Meets Pig will surely make toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary- aged kids smile.”

Congratulations to Joyce Wan for being selected for the 2016 Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit with Pug Meets Pig! Meet Joyce in an interview with Dylan Teut,executive director of the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival:

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If you would like an autographed or personalized copy of Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat or Pug Meets Pig, call Kansas City’s independent bookstore, Rainy Day Books, at 913-384-3126 or go online to Rainy Day Books. Rainy Day Books welcomes special orders and ships books nationwide.

Read a recap of Pug Meets Pig’s launch.