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Susan Lubner

Children's Book Author

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Drag and Rex

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ART by BLYTHE RUSSO

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Drag and Rex Early Reader Chapter Book Series

Book 1 Forever Friends November 2023

Book 2 Sweet and Silly  November 2024

Pixel + Ink  ISBN 978-1645951155

Bio

Bio

Susan Lubner

I grew up in the snowy city of Bangor Maine. When I wasn’t building award-worthy snow forts and making snow angels, I spent a lot of time reading. I also liked writing poems and stories. I wrote my very first picture book, Fredfoot the Frog, in second grade. Although it did not get published, I did receive a “great job” sticker from my teacher.

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My first published children's story "Not-So-Ordinary Cows" appeared in Spider Magazine. Since then I have published three picture books (Abrams Books For Young Readers 2005, 2006, 2008)two middle grade novels, The Upside of Ordinary (Holiday House 2012), and Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl (Running Press Kids/Hachette, 2018); and my early reader chapter book series, Drag and Rex (Pixel + Ink) Forever Friends (Book 1,  2023) and Sweet and Silly (Book 2, fall 2024My work has also been published in Highlights Magazine. 

I live in Massachusetts with my husband David and a giant poodle named Bailey. We have two grown-up daughters who don't live at home anymore but come to visit when they can. My dog Bailey keeps me company when I write but sometimes barks if too much time passes and he's not getting enough attention. Here he is dressed up as a cat in a sweater for Halloween. It's an homage to my novel Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl. If you want to know why that is, you will have to read the book to find out!

I like:

reading, knitting, baking bread, writing (of course!)

coffee, traveling, walking really fast, and too many other things that won't fit inside this circle!

I don't like:

spiders

traffic jams or

small creaky elevators

 

More Fun Facts

  • ​Sushi, pizza, chocolate & salads are my favorite foods

  • I sing quite badly to my dog

  • I get lost very easily

  • I really wish I could spot an owl UPDATE!!!!!!

  • I'm terrible at remembering birthdays & names

  • I'm really good at word puzzles

  • I'm excellent at losing my car keys and reading glasses

  • I can't stand the sound of someone eating an apple

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  • I love spending time on the water on Cape Cod

  • I was an extra in the movie School Ties

  • My favorite place I've visited is South Africa

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School Visits

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SHOW DON’T TELL

With dialogue, action verbs and our five senses, students will learn to use a variety of tools to add punch and excitement to their writing. Pulling ideas from my “think outside the box” box the students participate in a fun and interactive “show don’t tell” writing exercise.  Third and Fourth Grade

BUILD A STORY

Using  a variety of story prompts, students will create the beginning paragraph or chapter of their own story. Second and Third Grade

For information on additional school visit programs available please email below

Create a  Character

Where do my ideas come from?  How do I find inspiration?  I often start with a character. A fun writing exercise tailored for grades first through fourth. 

Fee

$175 / 45 minute session 

(max 4 sessions per day)

NOTE:  Visits include a reading Q & A

Travel fees may apply

Zoom

Meet the Author ~ FREE 20 min Q & A

For classrooms that are reading or have read Drag and Rex Forever Friends or

Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl

Author Visits

Events

  • OCTOBER 4 /12:00 noon Providence RI New England Book Sellers

  • OCTOBER 12 / 10:00-10:55 am SLJ Panel

  • NOVEMBER 8/ 6:30 pm LAUNCH PARTY Wellesley Books​

  • NOVEMBER  18/ 11:00 am B&N, Natick MA

  • NOVEMBER 25/ TBD Newtonville Books, Newton MA 

  • DECEMBER 2/ 10:00 am-3:00 PM Writer’s Loft Winter Bazaar, Hudson MA

  • DECEMBER 9/ 1:30 – 3:00 pm Market Street Books Mashpee MA

  • DECEMBER 28/ 11:00 am Southboro Public Library Reading 

  • JANUARY 15/ 10:00 am Yummy Mummy Bakery Book Event Westboro, MA

  • FEBRUARY 2/ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Bookends Winchester, MA

  • FEBRUARY 4/ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Hummingbird Books Newton, MA

  • FEBRUARY 5/ 1:15 pm (EST)  Woodside School Woodside CA

  • FEBRUARY 6/ 11:15 am (EST) - Paakuma K-8 San Bernadino CA

  • FEBRUARY 6/ 2:30 pm (EST) - Prospect Elementary Clarendon Hills, Illinois

  • FEBRUARY 7/ 6:00 am (EST) - American Int'l School of Jeddah Jeddah, KSA

  • FEBRUARY 7/ 9:00 am (EST) - Gray Elementary Richmond, Texas

  • FEBRUARY 7/ 10:15 am  Cushing Elementary Scituate, MA

  • FEBRUARY 7/ 11:00 am - Bates Elementary Wellesley, MA

  • FEBRUARY 7/ 1:00 pm (EST) - Euclid Avenue Elementary Los Angeles, CA

  • FEBRUARY 20/ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Wellesley Public Library

  • FEBRUARY 22/ 10:00 am - 11:15 am Yummy Mummy Bakery Event Westboro, MA

  • April 4/ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Signing/ Reading Round Up Conference Augusta, ME

  • May 11/  11:00 am Signing and Reading / The Briar Patch Bangor, ME

  • June 15/ TBA  Signing with author Erin Dionne / Tatnuck Westboro, MA

Events

Contact

For any media inquiries, please contact agent Linda P. Epstein:

Emerald City Literary Agency

2522 N. Proctor St.

Ste. 359

Tacoma, Washington 98406  |  linda@emeraldcityliterary.com

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