Susan Hughes

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This article is about the Canadian author. For the badminton player, see Susan Egelstaff.

Susan Hughes (born 1960) is a Canadian author of children's books. She is also a freelance editor of educational materials and she provides manuscript evaluation and coaching services for writers.[1]

Early life[edit]

Susan Hughes went to junior high at Glenview Senior Public School and then high school at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. She studied English literature for one year at Queen's University and then completed three more years at the University of Toronto. Hughes got a summer job at a children's publishing company, Crabtree Publishing, where she learned about writing, researching, editing, proof-reading, and working as a team. Hughes worked for a year with Crabtree and then began freelancing as an editor and writer after she graduated, while also working on her own books.


Susan has written over 25 children's books, both fiction and non-fiction books. She is currently writing the eighth book in her chapter book series THE PUPPY COLLECTION (Scholastic Canada).[2] Two of her books have won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction: CASE CLOSED? NINE MYSTERIES UNLOCKED BY MODERN SCIENCE (Kids Can, 2010), illustrated by Michael Wandelmeier, which won the award in 2011,[3][better source needed] and OFF TO CLASS: INCREDIBLE AND UNUSUAL SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD (Owl Kids, 2011) which won the award in 2012.[4] Hughes' books have been translated into over seven languages.

In 2012-2013, she became one of four Writers-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board.[5]


  • "THE PUPPY COLLECTION series," including #1 Bailey's Visit (2013); #2 Riley Knows Best (2013); #3 Murphy Helps Out (2014), #4 Bijou Needs a Home (2014); #5 Piper’s First Show (2015); #6 Cricket’s Close Call; #7 Houdini's Escape and #8 Cinnamon All Alone (tbp 2016) Scholastic Canada
  • "Four Seasons of Patrick" Red Deer Press, 2013
  • The Island Horse Kids Can Press, 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
  • Virginia Kids Can Press, 2010
  • Canada Close Up series. Scholastic Canada, including 'Canadian Celebrations,' 2012, 'Canada's Birds,' 2010, 'Canada Plays Sports,' 2009, and 'Canada Festivals,' 2008
  • No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure (ill. Willow Dawson) Kids Can Press, 2008
  • Raise Your Voice, Lend a Hand, Change the World Scholastic Canada, 2007
  • Earth to Audrey Kids Can Press, 2005
  • Coming to Canada Maple Tree Press, 2005
  • Wild Paws series (Scholastic Canada), including 'Bobcat Rescue' (2003), 'The Lonely Wolf Pup' (2003), 'Bunnies in Trouble' (2004), Orphaned Beluga (2004), and 'Cubs All Alone' (2004)
  • Lester Pearson: The Canadians Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2004
  • Cuba. The Culture Crabtree, 2004
  • Cuba. The Land Crabtree, 2004
  • Cuba. The People Crabtree, 2004
  • Let's Call It Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names Maple Tree Press, 2003
  • Canada Invents Owl Kids, 2002
  • The Not-Quite World Famous Scientist Fitzhenry Whiteside, 2002
  • The Science and Story of Titanic (Susan Hughes and Steve Santini) Somerville House, 1999
  • Megalodon: The Prehistoric Shark (Stephen Cumbaa and Susan Hughes) Somerville House, 1998
  • We Celebrate Valentine's Day Crabtree, 1994
  • We Celebrate Winter Crabtree, 1994
  • We Celebrate Family Days Crabtree, 1993
  • We Celebrate Hanukkah Crabtree, 1993
  • We Celebrate the Harvest Crabtree, 1993
  • Anything Can Happen Doubleday Canada, 1992
  • The Environmental Detective (Susan Hughes and Doug Herridge) Somerville House Press, 1991


External links[edit]

Personal website: