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Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes is a writer and editor. She has been writing children's book and articles for nearly twenty years. Susan has always loved writing. When she was in grade five and six, she and several friends had a writing club. "We'd gather with our most recent poems and stories and read them aloud to one another. We always tried to say one thing that was positive, along with a more critical but constructive comment."

After finishing high school, Susan studied English literature at Queen's University and then the University of Toronto. Before her final year of university, she was fortunate to get a summer job working for a children's publishing company. There, along with other students, she wrote, researched, proofread, and edited manuscripts -- and loved it. 

Upon graduation, she worked in-house at a publishing company for one year and then began a freelance career, which she continues to this day.

Susan offers critiques and edits of children's, YA, and adult manuscripts, enjoying assisting all levels of writers, from first-time dabblers to experienced published authors; she also offers her services as an experienced story coach.

As well Susan writes commissioned fiction and non-fiction, and she is proud to be the author of over 30 traditionally published children's books -- board books, picture books, chapter books series, MG, nonfiction (including a graphic nonfiction book), and YA. She enjoys the variety of writing from her imagination, as well as finding creative ways to share facts and ideas.

Susan lives in Toronto in a big house with a red door. She works at home in her living room. 



What Happens Next. Owl Kids, 2018
Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs. Kids Can Press, 2018
Time To ... series, including Nap Time, Play Time, Bath Time. Annick Press, 2017
Up!: How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones. Owlkids, 2017
Making Canada Home: How Immigrants Shapes this Country. OwlKids, 2016
Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble. Kids Can Press, 2016
The Puppy Collection chapter book series: Bailey's Visit, Riley Knows Best, Murphy Helps Out, Bijou Needs a Home, Piper's First Show, Cricket's Close Call, Houdini's Escape, Nutmeg All Alone. Scholastic, 2013-2016
Four Seasons of Patrick. Red Deer, 2013
The Island Horse. Kids Can Press, 2012
Canadian Celebrations: Canada Close Up. Scholastic Canada, 2012
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World . Owl Kids , 2011
Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science . Kids Can Press, 2010
Canada Plays Sports: Canada Close Up. Scholastic Canada, 2009
Virginia. Kids Can Press, 2010
Canadian Birds: Canada Close Up. Scholastic Canada, 2010
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom, and Adventure. Kids Can Press, 2008
Canadian Festivals: Canada Close Up. Scholastic Canada, 2007
Raise Your Voice, Lend a Hand, Change the World. Scholastic Canada, 2007
Earth to Audrey. Kids Can Press, 2005
Lester Pearson: The Canadians. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2004
Wild Paws chapter book series: Bobcat Rescue, Lonely Wolf Pup, Bunnies in Trouble, Orphaned Beluga, Cubs All Alone. Scholastic Canada, 2003-2004
Canada Invents. Owl/Maple Tree Press, 2002
The Not-Quite World Famous Scientist. Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2002


Norma Fleck Award for Children's Non-fiction for Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science , 2011
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description
  • reading aloud from one or more of my books
  • Q and A to engage students directly
  • reading and commenting on student writing
Presentation Length:
45 mins
1 - 6
Audience Size:
25 - 70